The Emhart "Create the Future" Contest—sponsored by Emhart Teknologies, ABP International, and NASA Tech Briefs—gives designers a chance to make their ideas a reality, and win some big prizes in the process. Contestants may enter one of four design categories: Everyday Products, Medical, Safety, or Transportation. Judging will be based on innovation, manufacturability, marketability, and cost-effectiveness. The prize list is expansive, but the grand prize is a choice of either a 2005 Toyota Prius or $20,000 cash. Entries must received by November 19, 2004. For more info, go to www.emhartcontest.com.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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.