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posted in April 2013
Video: Oxford RobotCar Takes It to Another Level
Blog 
4/26/2013  24 comments
Oxford Mobile Robotics Group created RobotCar, which has a 360-degree scanner, GPS, and LIDAR.
Yes, This Was Really on Display at Hanover Fair
Blog 
4/24/2013  23 comments
As a wrap-up to all the reporting we did at Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, here are some of the more interesting sights we came across.
Researchers Use DVD Burner to Fabricate Microcapacitors
Blog 
4/24/2013  4 comments
UCLA researchers have designed a new way to fabricate microcapacitors that could provide a more efficient and cost-effective way to provide energy sources for micro devices that charge 100 to 1,000 times faster than standard batteries.
These Jumper Cables Won't Get the Car Started
Made by Monkeys 
4/23/2013  28 comments
The jumper cables just didn't have the substance to get the job done.
Video: Robotic Ants Offer Transportation Design Tips
News 
4/23/2013  7 comments
A study of how robotic ants navigate via swarm behavior, and the design of their trail networks, may make human transportation networks more efficient.
Slideshow: Lithium-Ion's Rise to Prominence
Automotive News 
4/19/2013  45 comments
A decade ago, the term “lithium-ion” meant little to consumers. Now, it’s everywhere.
Lead-Acid Could Challenge Lithium-Ion in Hybrids
Automotive News 
4/18/2013  46 comments
With disenchantment in lithium-ion technology on the rise, lead-acid batteries may be poised to play a bigger role in green vehicles.
Report: 3D Printing Will (Eventually) Transform Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/18/2013  37 comments
Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, has the potential to upend manufacturing supply chains, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
News 
4/17/2013  14 comments
A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Slideshow: Spotlight on Plug-In Vehicles
Automotive News 
4/16/2013  34 comments
Automakers large and small, from Detroit Electric to Fiat and Volkswagen, have unveiled pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the past six months.
Slideshow: Detroit Electric Unveils 'World's Fastest' Electric Sports Car
Automotive News 
4/15/2013  38 comments
Detroit Electric is rolling out a racy new EV that will be its first in 74 years.
Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
News 
4/12/2013  45 comments
Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.
Car Radio Fires Up Check Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 
4/12/2013  19 comments
Apparently the 2003 Saturn Vue has some interconnections between sensors that depend upon the integrity of the radio ground strap for proper operation of the engine and transmission control computers.
M2M Gives Eyes & Ears to the Enterprise
Features 
4/12/2013  4 comments
Just as mobile computing has transformed the lives of consumers, machine-to-machine telemetry is revolutionizing business operations in every field, from healthcare to manufacturing to transportation.
Slideshow: A Tour of the Top Cars at the 2013 NY Auto Show
Blog 
4/11/2013  18 comments
This year's New York International Auto Show featured a mix of cars ranging from electric vehicles designed for urban environments to super cars with price tags over half a million dollars.
Slideshow: Porsche Plans Plug-In Hybrid
Automotive News 
4/10/2013  28 comments
Porsche plans to roll out a powerful plug-in hybrid next year that will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and hit a top track speed of 167 mph.
Reference Guide: Light Matters Vol 1
 

In certain environments, HBLEDs may be subject to corrosion… and failure. While this doesn't happen too often, it is something you should be aware of if the high-brightness LEDs (HBLEDs) in your application will be exposed to the air without the benefit of a suitable enclosure. Perhaps most surprisingly, this problem does not occur with the less-expensive, lowerbrightness "commodity" LEDs that are encased in hard epoxy such as those below.
Reference Guide: Light Matters Vol 2
 

Building a Low-Cost, HBLED-based Fiber- Optic Illuminator (Part 1) Recently I needed to design and build a dual channel, high-output fiber optic (FO) illuminator. In the spirit of "open disclosure", the unit is intended as an upgrade for a cherished vintage Vision Engineering "TS-3 Dynascope" stereo microscope in my home lab. It was a simple two-weekend project; but the optical, thermal and software development reflect many of the tasks you may encounter in production-level designs.
Reference Guide: Light Matters Vol 3
 

Good things often come in big packages, at least for certain Solid State Lighting (SSL) applications. A general distinction can be made between two basic types of lighting requirements.
Reference Guide: Light Matters Vol 6
 

From time to time, I see "glaring examples" of visually discomforting lighting. Glare is annoying at best and a safety hazard at worst. Understanding and managing it is important for well-designed lighting products. In this issue of I’ll explain a common metric used to quantify glare and present a mathematical model to predict it.
Reference Guide: Light Matters Vol 7
 

Building a better light bulb, especially one intended to replace the ubiquitous pear-shaped A19 incandescent, is not as easy as it might first appear.
Reference Guide: Special Digital Edition: Logic Devices for Automotive
 

Logic for automotive applications is similar in lots of ways to logic designed for other applications. However, it's just as dissimilar, and for a host of reasons. In this Technology Roundup, you'll find a multitude of resources to help you better understand these issues, including what types of devices are available, where specifically they should and shouldn't be deployed, and how automotive technology differs from other applications.
Digi-Key Continuing Education Center Wins Marketing Award
News 
4/5/2013  9 comments
Design News magazine’s popular Continuing Education Center has been named a Gold Award Winner in one of the country’s most prestigious marketing contests.
Slideshow: Conservative Design Makes Japanese Cars More Reliable
Automotive News 
4/4/2013  82 comments
A more reliable car isn't necessarily engineered better. That's the takeaway from a recent Consumer Reports survey, which once again placed Toyota and Honda at the top of the heap.
Report: 2013 Will Make or Break Alternative Fuels
Engineering Materials 
4/4/2013  36 comments
This will be the year that makes or breaks alternative fuel technologies in North America, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronics News 
4/2/2013  21 comments
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industry’s most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
Owens Corning Joins BASF, TenCate to Fast-Track Car Composites
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2013  2 comments
Owens Corning has joined an alliance between BASF and TenCate to develop continuous glass fiber composites for high-volume auto manufacturing.
Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce
Electronics News 
4/1/2013  27 comments
Rolls-Royce is rolling out a new fastback-style vehicle that cranks out 624 HP, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and employs more electronic technology than any vehicle in company history.
Video Blog: Media Day at the NY Auto Show
Blog 
4/1/2013  5 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass attended the New York International Auto Show recently. Here's what he has to say about it.
Excelling in Shades-of-Grey Real World
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2013  5 comments
Grey-box modeling combines the physical and empirical to solve problems.




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