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The Internet Of Bring-Your-Own Things
Blog 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/26/2015  2 comments
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
Blog 
3/26/2015  Post a comment
In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
A Hands-On Look at Cypress’ BLE Find Me Application
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
Design engineers will feel like kids in a candy store with the Cypress Semiconductor BLE Pioneer Kit. The development kit for low-power sensor-based systems is full of wireless wonder and exploration.
TI Boosts Performance of Ultra-Low Power MCUs
Product News 
3/24/2015  2 comments
Texas Instruments will make one of its biggest microcontroller (MCU) announcements in years today, as it rolls out an ultra-low-power platform aimed at sensor hubs and portable applications.
FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones
News 
3/23/2015  10 comments
How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
News 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
TAG Heuer's Android Wear-powered smartwatch is expected toward the end of the year.
Free 3D Printing Database of Industrial Machines & Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2015  2 comments
Engineers trying to keep track of the ever-ballooning number of materials and machines for additive manufacturing and 3D printing now have some relief: a free searchable database with more than 350 machines and 450 different materials.
Getting Your Hands on the Cypress PSoC
Blog 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
The Programmable System-on-Chip BLE dev kit from Cypress Semiconductor only costs $49, and the kit makes it easy to build sophisticated devices such as glucose and heart-rate monitors. Learn more about it and how to use it during an upcoming Continuing Education Center course.
See How Solarbox Turns Iconic London Phone Booths into Mobile Charging Stations
Blog 
3/20/2015  3 comments
A young entrepreneurial duo in London is finding a way to revive that city’s classic red phone booths and give them a contemporary twist, turning them into solar-power charging stations for mobile devices.
How EE Salaries Rank in 15 US Cities
Blog 
3/18/2015  5 comments
If you’re an electrical engineering, your salary may depend significantly on where you live -- and that’s not just by region. Salaries vary greatly even within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com.
The Gigantic Impact of UX/UI Design on Internet of Things Applications
Guest Blogs 
3/18/2015  1 comment
Elegantly conceived UX/UI design is critical to the success of Internet of Things technology -- for ease of use, analysis and review, and both machines and humans to “see” and use data in purposeful ways. The best UX/UI designers are doing just that: designing the entire experience for fluidity, clarity, and meaning. Otherwise, IoT will be just a perfect storm of too much useless information.
Apple's Latest MacBook Pro Receives Lowest Repairability Score Yet
Blog 
3/17/2015  9 comments
During its March 9 keynote, Apple sprung four new MacBooks on us. As always, we had to get our paws on the revised MacBook Pro.
The 9 Most Innovative Technology Startups of SXSW 2015
Blog 
3/17/2015  1 comment
The winners of SXSW 2015's annual Startup Accelerator competition tackle innovation in manufacturing, electronics, entertainment, and even medtech.
A Peek Into Cypress’ BLE Pioneer Kit for IoT
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2015  4 comments
With the Internet of Things (IoT) being one of today’s most important tech trends, development and prototyping work with low-power wireless sensor-based systems in electronics and home appliances, as well as automotive and industrial control products, will only grow in our increasingly connected world. Cypress Semiconductor created the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Pioneer Kit to enable system designers to start that work.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Optical Silicone
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2015  Post a comment
Proto Labs is now offering an optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) quick-turn molding service using Dow Corning's LSR material. Optical LSR is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that's replacing glass in many optical applications, especially lighting.
IoT Terrain Is Still Shifting
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3/16/2015  Post a comment
The landscape of the Internet of Things has become complex and will only get more complicated. Competing platforms are still evolving and pathways to interoperability between them need to be built, according to insiders familiar with the terrain
Battle Scenes from the IoT Standards War
Blog 
3/13/2015  1 comment
The battle over IoT standards is just getting started, and already companies are vying to dominate. A leading communications CEO offers the details.
10 Views of Engineering Poster Art
Blog 
3/13/2015  3 comments
Take a look at these engineering posters. Some are funny, while others are sadly true. Page through these posters with pride in your profession.
12 New 3D Printing Materials: From Desktops to Powder Bed Fusion
Engineering Materials 
3/13/2015  2 comments
Most of the new 3D printing (3DP) materials we feature in this slideshow are plastic filaments for desktop printers, but we've also thrown in a new filament-making extruder, and news about a super-hard high-end nanosteel.
Here are the Best Women in Technology on TV and Film
Blog 
3/12/2015  1 comment
The influence of female portrayals in media is undeniable. To that end the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and Google have joined forces for the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology.
Supercars Roll at Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/11/2015  3 comments
Every year, ultra-luxury automakers roll out their best and brightest at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This year was no different.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 
3/11/2015  24 comments
Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
Blog 
3/11/2015  1 comment
The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ain’t the Boomers’ plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; it’s the Millennial plant.
The Growing Problem of e-Waste
Blog 
3/10/2015  6 comments
Users clamoring for new devices or waiting impatiently for the next iteration of a favored product is music to the ears of the average electronics OEM. At the same time, around the world, these same OEMs are coming face to face with the growing issue of e-waste.
Apple Launching Medical Research Platform, Apple Watch, and New Fanless MacBook
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
Following the recent Apple Car rumors, Apple's March 9 event was highly anticipated. The event featured three major announcements from the company -- a usual mix of incremental innovation and potential breakthroughs.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
15 Curious Things We Spotted at Mobile World Congress
Blog 
3/9/2015  1 comment
As the Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show, the stuff we spotted on the show floor this year tend toward the universal.
App Lightens Up Your Design's Materials
Blog 
3/6/2015  1 comment
An app for your Android phone finds lighter materials for your design and even tells you how much each will save (or cost) you.
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2015  1 comment
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Brushing Your Teeth -- There's an App For That
Blog 
3/5/2015  6 comments
Just when you thought mobile technology couldn’t get any more personal, Procter & Gamble have come up with a way to put your mobile where your mouth is, in the form of a Bluetooth 4.0 connected toothbrush.
6 Innovative Plastics For Cars, Lighting & Building
Engineering Materials 
3/5/2015  2 comments
The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow are aimed at lighting applications or automotive uses. The rest are for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, RF and radar, automotive, building materials, and more.
Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV
Made by Monkeys 
3/5/2015  9 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
What's at the Core of Apple's 'Spring Forward' Event?
Blog 
3/4/2015  2 comments
From wearables to design changes to rumors of a car, Apple has multiple things cooking up in its kitchen. Here are six possibilities from Apple next week, with likely more than one coming to light.
Flagrant Fan Fuels Diagnostic Failure
Sherlock Ohms 
3/4/2015  10 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Fasteners Get Tinier, Tougher, and Smarter
Blog 
3/4/2015  1 comment
New fastening and joining methods are making it possible to join multiple materials and thinner sheets in consumer and medical portable electronics, as well as automotive and aviation systems.
Jumpstart Your Motor Control Designs with MCUs & FPGAs
Blog 
3/4/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on designing motor control using MCUs and FPGAs will show you how to choose the best hardware and tools to speed up your development time.
Thermal, Electromagnetic, Capacitive Sensor Simulation Software Makes Switching Easy
Guest Blogs 
3/4/2015  Post a comment
There are drivers everywhere who turn on their headlights or windshield wipers with no awareness of the development effort behind a switch. Yet from freezing winter to sweltering summer, on dull rainy days and in bright sunshine, switches are expected to function consistently for the lifetime of a car.
Karaoke Machine Has Owner Singing the Blues
Made by Monkeys 
3/3/2015  11 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
6 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Young Engineers
STEM Connection 
3/3/2015  2 comments
DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week may be in the books, but who needs a designated timeframe in which to celebrate and inspire young engineers?
Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
Features 
3/3/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.
Counterfeit Components Continue to Slam Electronics Industry
Blog 
3/2/2015  2 comments
Counterfeit parts are an increasing problem. Eaton has launched a program to educate buyers in identifying counterfeit electronic components.
3D Printer Gives You Fully Functional Electronics
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2015  2 comments
A new 3D printer that prints fully functional electronics -- like quadcopters -- will be available later this year from Voxel8, brainchild of Harvard prof Jennifer A. Lewis.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … It’s National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/27/2015  51 comments
You know you're an engineer if you chuckle whenever anyone says "centrifugal force," or you find yourself at the airport studying the baggage handling equipment.
When Will the Smart Home Really Be Smart?
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2015  6 comments
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week
Blog 
2/27/2015  2 comments
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
'Engineering Family Day' Shows Kids Fun, Importance of Tech
Blog 
2/27/2015  1 comment
Tomorrow is Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The day will feature specialized events aimed at introducing kids ages 4 to 12 to engineering and technology, giving many of them their first introduction to technology and its relevance.
The Best Podcasts Every Engineer Should Be Listening To
Blog 
2/26/2015  2 comments
In honor of National Engineers Week, here's a list of our favorite science and technology podcasts for learning something new or even just having a good laugh.
How to Select the Right Sensors for Your Wearable
Blog 
2/26/2015  2 comments
Looking to build your own wearable device? Here's a handy guide to all the sensors available to you.
9 New Adhesives Hold Things Together
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2015  Post a comment
Many of the new adhesives we're featuring in this slideshow are for use in automotive and other transportation applications. The rest of these new products are for a wide variety of applications including aviation, aerospace, electrical motors, electronics, industrial, and semiconductors.
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Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
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