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Is the Microsoft Band Too Late to the Wearables Party?
Blog 
11/5/2014  7 comments
Microsoft has finally made its entry into the wearables and digital health space. But is the Microsoft Band doomed to fail in the face of stiff competition?
Engineering Job Prospects 10 Years Out
Blog 
11/4/2014  19 comments
Job prospects for US engineers in the coming decade is a mixed bag, with some disciplines seeing a 27% growth rate (biomedical engineering), while others are flatlining (materials engineering).
Google Reveals Prototype of 'Project Ara' Customizable Modular Smartphone
Blog 
11/4/2014  2 comments
Google has revealed a working model and announced two January 2015 dates for developer conferences around its Project Ara modular smartphone.
Convergence Dives Deep into Automotive Electronics
Electronics News 
11/3/2014  5 comments
The SAE Convergence Conference and Exhibition in Detroit celebrated 40 years of electronics in automobiles, displaying technologies ranging from electronic voltage regulators of the 1970s to surround view cameras in the 2015 models.
Nintendo Wants to Track Your Sleep and Fatigue
Blog 
11/3/2014  6 comments
Nintendo's latest product announcement isn't a video game -- it's a sleep tracker, the first in a series of quality of life products aimed at the consumer health and fitness market.
This VEST Will Give You Extra Senses
Blog 
11/3/2014  4 comments
The people behind VEST call it a sensory-substitution device. It could help the deaf hear again ... and make the rest of us even better.
Does it Still Make Sense to Go Offshore?
Guest Blogs 
11/3/2014  5 comments
It has been common wisdom of late that anything you needed to manufacture could be made more cost-effectively on foreign shores. Following World War II, the label “Made in Japan” was as ubiquitous as is the “Made in China” version today and often had very similar -- not always positive -- connotations. Along the way, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other Pacific-rim nations have each had their turn at being the preferred low-cost alternative to manufacturing here in the US.
9 Inventions Provide Frightful Fun for Halloween
Blog 
10/31/2014  8 comments
Halloween isn’t just a time for creative costumes. Thanks to the element14 online design community, the holiday this year also brings us a number of creative electronic device design ideas aimed at making your Halloween party a unique experience.
Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens When You Combine Arduino and iOS?
Gadget Freak 
10/31/2014  Post a comment
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens When You Combine Arduino and iOS?
Gadget Freak 
10/31/2014  8 comments
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
HP Finally Reveals 3D Printing Plans
Engineering Materials 
10/31/2014  8 comments
After a year or so of missteps, false starts, retractions, and postponements, inkjet office printer giant Hewlett-Packard has finally revealed just what it plans to do in 3D printing.
This Toaster Takes Selfies -- Because Civilization is Doomed
Blog 
10/31/2014  10 comments
Selfies have already ruined your nights out and your social media feeds. Now they're after your breakfast.
Apple's at it Again: Check Out the iPad Mini 3 Teardown
Blog 
10/30/2014  7 comments
Bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but smaller than an iPad Air 2. What am I? If you answered iPad Mini 3, you are correct.
Terrible User Interface Design is Endangering Our Credit Card Data
Electronics News 
10/30/2014  22 comments
The data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and elsewhere have inadvertently highlighted a separate and unexpected problem: bad user interface design.
Ampy: A Pocket-Sized Motion Charger for Your Mobile Devices
Blog 
10/30/2014  17 comments
What if you could recharge your mobile device using the movements you make all day? That’s the promise of Ampy, a new device by a Chicago-based startup of the same name.
30 Seconds on Time-of-Flight Sensors in Autos
Electronics News 
10/30/2014  7 comments
Peter Riendeau of Melexis shows how a time-of-flight sensor can be used for gesture recognition in a vehicle.
Is Apple's iPad Air 2 Easy to Repair?
Blog 
10/29/2014  4 comments
What's lighter than Air? An Air 2. Join us as we disassemble the new, shaved-down iPad Air 2, and see whether Apple's thinnest device is still its least-repairable.
Latest Ferrari goes Invite-Only
Blog 
10/29/2014  41 comments
Think there’s already a high bar in owning a Ferrari? Well, grab a pole vault, because that bar just got raised.
Dryer Dies Due to a 12-Cent Resistor
Made by Monkeys 
10/29/2014  16 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
30 Seconds on Delphi Connect
Electronics News 
10/29/2014  1 comment
David Bottomley of Delphi Electronics demonstrates Delphi Connect, which allows do-it-yourselfers to add connectivity and onboard diagnostics to their existing vehicles.
You Know You're An Engineer If …
Blog 
10/28/2014  71 comments
If these statements are close to your heart and your daily way of life, you're probably an engineer.
Windowless Planes: The Future of Flight or Fright?
Blog 
10/28/2014  76 comments
Would you fly in a plane that had no windows? British developers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) believe that taking out the tiny porthole windows in planes and replacing them with giant flexible OLED screens is the future of flight, and posit it could even become a reality in less than 10 years.
Engineering Disaster: The Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death
Blog 
10/27/2014  32 comments
The Xbox Red Ring of Death in 2007 was the hardware error signal from the Xbox 360 video game console that announced your machine was toast. There was no coming back from the red disease -- your machine had to go back to the mothership for serious revamping or replacing. What caused the Red Ring of Death? Was it poor ASIC or lead-free solder?
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
DNTV 
10/24/2014  4 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill, an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries. (The video originally appeared on YouTube.)
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility -- Don't Try This at Home
Blog 
10/24/2014  22 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
Gadget Freak 
10/24/2014  28 comments
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
How to Design Better User Interfaces
Electronics News 
10/24/2014  3 comments
If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
Mac Mini (Late 2014) — The Teardown
Blog 
10/23/2014  5 comments
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
354 Reasons Why Audi's SQ5 Is Worth a Look
Guest Blogs 
10/23/2014  1 comment
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
30 Seconds With Formlabs
Electronics News 
10/23/2014  Post a comment
Kevin Gautier of Formlabs describes the making of a carbon fiber mold for an intake manifold, using a $3,300 3D printer, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest.
How it Works: E-Cigarettes
Blog 
10/22/2014  28 comments
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip Releases 3D TouchPad
Product News 
10/22/2014  3 comments
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
Plastics Can Do Almost Any Job -- Even Yours
Engineering Materials 
10/22/2014  6 comments
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
30 Seconds With Stratasys
Electronics News 
10/22/2014  Post a comment
Mac Cameron of Stratasys describes the company’s Connex3 technology, which allows users to 3D-print complex parts in one build with no assembly required.
Kindle Fire HD 6 Teardown
Blog 
10/21/2014  5 comments
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
3D-Printed Telescope Takes (Nice!) Pix of the Moon
Engineering Materials 
10/21/2014  22 comments
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
5G Will Drive Test Equipment Surge
Blog 
10/21/2014  1 comment
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
12 Robots That Play Sports
Blog 
10/20/2014  26 comments
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
Features 
10/20/2014  1 comment
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.
30 Seconds With 3DP Unlimited
Electronics News 
10/20/2014  2 comments
Melissa Cavanagh of 3DP Unlimited talked to Design News about the company’s large format 3D printer, during Medical Design and Manufacturing Midwest.
30 Seconds With iFixit
Electronics News 
10/17/2014  16 comments
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Get Your Gadget Freak On
Gadget Freak 
10/16/2014  1 comment
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000. Don't delay, enter today!
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
Features 
10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
2014 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
10/14/2014  25 comments
Here's a breakdown of the 2014 engineering salaries by discipline. We've included entry-level salaries, mean average salaries, and top 10% salaries.
Top 3 Reasons to Outsource 3D Printing
Guest Blogs 
10/14/2014  2 comments
As additive manufacturing (including 3D printing) becomes increasingly popular among businesses as a quick and easy solution to creating and evaluating prototypes and end-use products, the debate about whether to outsource production or to purchase equipment for in-house use is at the forefront of industry discussions.
3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
Features 
10/13/2014  12 comments
Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?
Understanding the Hardness of Metals
Blog 
10/13/2014  8 comments
When designing metal parts, it's important to specify their hardness. However, many engineers have only a shaky understanding of what hardness actually is, or how it's measured. This article helps clear up that confusion.
Video: Tiny Humanoid Robot Flies Plane
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2014  9 comments
A tiny humanoid robot has safely piloted a small plane all the way from cold start to takeoff, landing and coming to a full stop on the plane's designated runway. Yes, it happened in a pilot training simulation -- but the research team isn't far away from doing it in the real world.
Speed to Market With Optimization Tools
Blog 
10/13/2014  1 comment
This Technology Roundup gathers cutting-edge stories about optimization tools that speed time to market.
A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
Features 
10/10/2014  Post a comment
The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.
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