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In-Store Robot Makes Your Glasses While You Wait
Blog 
4/15/2015  1 comment
Tokyo-based eyewear brand, JINS, recently opened its first US-based store this week, selling high-quality, nice-looking, affordable glasses made by a robot while you wait.
Want to Be an Engineer? Brush Up on 3D Printing
Blog 
4/14/2015  9 comments
It used to be that budding engineers just needed a solid grasp of physics, math, and their own healthy scientific curiosity, but these days, you need a fairly good working understanding of 3D printing too, apparently.
GE Gets Scientific About BBQ
Blog 
3/19/2015  2 comments
Nothing says Texas better than BBQ, and that’s where General Electric chose to hang its hat at SXSW, with a BBQ Research Center a short walk from Austin’s Convention Center to lure the hungry crowds. Hard to miss with its 12-foot super smoker, the firm said it was seeking whether it could use sensors and biofeedback to engineer the perfect plate of ribs.
Brushing Your Teeth -- There's an App For That
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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.
NASA Scientist Kickstarts Cold Shoulder Weight-Loss Vest
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2/4/2015  12 comments
An ex-NASA guy wants to help humanity lose weight, by selling an ice vest on Kickstarter. That’s right, an ice vest, not life vest. It’s a vest full of ice that’s designed to burn calories.
Tesla’s 'Insane' Button Doesn’t Disappoint
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1/30/2015  21 comments
The new $120,000 Model S P85D boasts a 221-horsepower front motor and a 470-horsepower rear motor that packs a punch. The car is able to go from 0-60 MPH in just 3.1 seconds … quietly.
Would You Pay $85 to Sleep in the Back of Someone's Tesla?
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1/27/2015  11 comments
Enterprising Tesla Model S owner Steve Sasman seems to have figured out a way of recouping some of the cost on his car by renting the trunk out on AirBnB, the room/house rental website.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  6 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Nvidia & Renovo's All-Electric Supercar Is Tech-Packed
Blog 
1/14/2015  2 comments
The Coupe, showcased at CES 2015, doesn’t come cheap. With a price tag north of $500,000, you’ll need a serious bank balance to back up that electric super-car crush.
Tiny Bots Teach Your Kid to Code
STEM Connection 
1/14/2015  3 comments
While many would balk at the idea of robots looking after children not many could argue against robots educating the younger generation to code. After all, the world they are growing up in depends on it, and it’s still not -- for the most part -- being taught or mandated in schools. There’s even an argument to be made that computer literacy is becoming as important in today’s world as traditional literacy.
CES 2015: Revamped Sony Walkman Comes With Big Price Tag
Blog 
1/9/2015  20 comments
Sony used CES 2015 to cash in on its nostalgic “Walkman” brand with a new high-resolution portable audio player.
CES 2015: Baby’s First IoT; 4Moms' App-Controlled Infant Seat
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1/8/2015  5 comments
We may still not have reached the era of robo-childcare, but we’re getting there!
CES 2015: The BACTrack Vio is a Smartphone Breathalyzer
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1/7/2015  Post a comment
Where better than Vegas to test your blood alcohol level? Enter the BACTrack Vio, the plug-in smartphone Breathalyzer, featuring wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and an app allowing you to track your BAC results over time.
CES 2015: Jamstik – the Guitar for iOS
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1/7/2015  Post a comment
Remember when Guitar Hero used to be a thing? No? Well, that might be because you fancy yourself a real musician. But for those who want something in between the completely simulated and completely authentic guitar experience, there’s Jamstik, ¬a MIDI guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
CES 2015: The Inmotion V3 Electric Unicycle Rides the Wacky Wave
Blog 
1/7/2015  4 comments
It’s 2015, and we may not yet have hoverboards like in Back to The Future, but, thanks to a company by the name of INMOTION, we do have bizarre, electric unicycles.
The Gift of Mobility: Tech Gives Dog & Tortoise New Ways to Get Around
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12/19/2014  11 comments
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
These Jeans Will Keep Hackers Out of Your Pants
Blog 
12/18/2014  13 comments
Computer security firm Norton has partnered with clothing company Betaband on a pair of jeans that will keep your RFID-tagged credit cards and documents safe from wireless theft.
O, Holy Nerd: Kickstarting the Christmas Decorating
Blog 
12/11/2014  4 comments
Kickstarter, the gift that keeps on giving, year round, like an evergreen. The tech section of the popular crowdfunding site is looking particularly festive of late.
Hack Thanksgiving (Don’t Be a Tech Turkey)!
Blog 
11/27/2014  21 comments
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
How to Design Better 'Things'
Blog 
11/25/2014  14 comments
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
Driverless Cars Require More Passenger Trust
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11/24/2014  62 comments
The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
Astronauts to Get Out-of-this-World Java
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11/5/2014  7 comments
Dubbed ISSpresso, the world’s first galactic coffee machine has been designed by Italy's famous coffee company Lavazza, and engineered by a Turin-based engineering company, Argotec, to be rocketed into space early next year.
Latest Ferrari goes Invite-Only
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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.
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.
Europe’s Great Forest Drone Race
Blog 
10/27/2014  8 comments
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s two drones racing each other through a forest, and it is, for lack of a better word, AWESOME. Not seeing the forest for the trees can be a bad thing in life, but for drones, it turns out to be a decidedly good thing.
Let Isaac Asimov Lead Your Brainstorming Session
Blog 
10/23/2014  7 comments
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Circuit Protection; Shock Tactics in Real-Time
Blog 
11/16/2012  4 comments
Littelfuse is putting its weight behind an initiative that promises to deliver real-time responses to engineers working on designs requiring circuit protection.
Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2012  35 comments
Hey Gadget Freaks -- check out the largest, most intricate Lego machine we've ever seen!
Engineer Solves Glass Slipper Dilemma
Blog 
10/19/2012  16 comments
What qualities would the glass in Cinderella's slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably, and hold her weight?
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
Blog 
10/15/2012  23 comments
In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
Slideshow: Machine-Made Cocktails
Blog 
10/12/2012  17 comments
The Inebriator, powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 microprocessor project board, makes mixing up the perfect cocktail seem effortless.
Do Engineers Need an MBA?
Blog 
9/25/2012  20 comments
Is an MBA a worthwhile academic pursuit or a total waste of precious time?
Gadget Freak: Ear Muff Headphones
Gadget Freak 
8/30/2012  Post a comment
Sylvie Barak created a custom pair of earmuff headphones to keep her ears warm while she listens to her music.
Gadget Freak: Ear Muff Headphones
Gadget Freak 
8/30/2012  24 comments
Sylvie Barak created a custom pair of earmuff headphones to keep her ears warm while she listens to music.
Blowing Things Up & Other Reasons Why I Love My Job
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8/22/2012  18 comments
We found out what makes Littelfuse engineers tick. What do you love most about your job?
Video: Volkswagen Engineers Underwater Car for Shark Week
Blog 
8/20/2012  12 comments
The Beetle is made from tubular aluminum, with alloy wheels, propellers, and an inbuilt air system that allows the driver (diver?) to plug into before taking it for a spin, under the surf.
Littelfuse's Thane Parker Amps Up Circuit Protection
Blog 
8/8/2012  6 comments
Pressured by the ever-shorter cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window for test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
Deconstructing Complex Semiconductors, Layer by Layer
Blog 
7/25/2012  4 comments
UBM TechInsights presents a free Webinar that shows how it uncovers the secrets within semiconductors and other integrated circuitry used in all the devices we’ve come to know and love.
Engineers: Have You Ever Burned Off Your Fingertip?
Blog 
7/18/2012  25 comments
We want to hear about your engineering disasters. After all, what good is a scar if you can’t show it off?
Comment:Re: NO - Sylvie Barak-6/15/2012
Slideshow: Vintage Cars Take to Indy Track
Blog 
6/15/2012  16 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 this year, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Can Creativity Be Taught?
Blog 
6/13/2012  31 comments
A DAC panel asked whether engineers have what it takes to color outside the lines.
Video: IndyCar Pit Boss Talks Tires
Blog 
6/12/2012  10 comments
Get down and dirty in the pits of the IndyCar circuit.
Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off
Blog 
6/8/2012  54 comments
The zero-emission two-seater levitates above the road and propels itself forward using electromagnetic road networks.
Video: KV Racing's Tech Director Talks Track
Blog 
5/30/2012  3 comments
KV Racing's Eric Cowdin talks about the importance of electronics and engineering when it comes to getting a top finish at the Indy 500.
EVs Second to Natural Gas for Fiat
Blog 
5/25/2012  25 comments
Almost every automaker has had to 'pick a side' when it comes to alternative fuel options and ways to divest from a reliance on gasoline. Fiat is looking to back compressed natural gas or liquid propane as an interim solution.
Video: Engineering Ferrari
Blog 
5/23/2012  26 comments
Take a tour of Ferrari's museum and plant, the "Ferrari citadel."
Plastic Doesn't Pollute – People Do
Blog 
5/17/2012  18 comments
Plastic may not be the most beloved of materials to the more environmentally minded, but Plasti 2012 aimed to mold a different opinion of the material in people's minds.
MEMS in Sport Gains Speed
Blog 
4/20/2012  16 comments
Measuring human motion in 3D using MEMS sensors is becoming ever more important in modern sports.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
Blog 
4/4/2012  16 comments
Though the technology has been around for about seven years, NFC only seems to now be coming into its own, with a veritable explosion of NFC-powered devices and applications emerging over the course of the last couple of years alone.
Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Blog 
2/13/2012  81 comments
During a DesignCon 2012 teardown, iFixit's CEO criticized Apple for replacing its Phillips screws with tamper-resistant ones.
CES: Nest Thermostat Aims at Smart Home
Blog 
1/12/2012  11 comments
The Nest is a sleek-looking digital thermostat which can actually "learn" its owners' schedule and then continue to regulate temperature to suit the user's preferences and patterns.


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