Changing the sound of an electric guitar no longer requires plugging in to a number of different amps and special effect pedals. Instead, the pocket-sized POD family from Line 6 digitally models the tones of various amplifiers, effects and cabinets. The battery-powered Pocket POD mimics 32 classic and modern amp models, 16 cabinet models and 16 effects. If that's not enough, 300 sonic presets developed by musicians including 311, Maroon 5 and Dashboard Confessional provide more tone settings and another 5,000 presets are available at www.CustomTone.com. Editing software also lets users create their own presets. Freescale's Symphony audio DSP56364 provides the DSP and control capability.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
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.
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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.