Most of us spend 40+ hours a week in them, but how about checking out the Internet for the Cubicle (www.thecubicle.com )? Created by engineers and techies, theCubicle considers itself a web-based discovery for the global electronics engineering community. It has a continuously updated repository of component information, reference designs, white papers, and some pretty nifty design discovery tools. Currently available is CircuitNet™which has a drawing board, a design audit function, and a side-by-side comparison of vendor products, as well as access to distributors, RFPs, and online forms for access to advanced product information. Recently added to the site is a series of articles on bringing a technology product to market including "Building a business to help engineers," and "Product Development." And for your enjoyment the site features a series of weekly cartoons called "The Capers," pitting engineers against marketing and finance types. There are also several different sections of engineering jokes.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.