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Does anybody really care?

September 5, 2014 5:47 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

The upside of a visible identity is that people who can see you might possibly care and understand. The downside is that people can find you. Today, I'm sort of treading the line between the two. I'm testing out some Twitter ads at the moment....

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

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Part 2, Screaming Circuits and the maker community

September 3, 2014 7:29 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

My last post mused on the affordability of assembly at Screaming Circuits for the maker/very small business/kickstarter community. My hypothetical Arduino-compatible dual motor driver Kickstarter came out to $9.81 per board at a quantity of 250. That's probably more than ...

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The advanced materials revolution

September 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

The invention of advanced materials is an area where the U.S. has not only been dominant, but has led the world through out the twentieth century. The creation of advanced materials has launched entirely new industries. Here are just a few of materials created by the U.S....

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Why "killer robots" are nothing to worry about

September 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

It seems like every new development in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems dredges up the same tired (and slightly paranoid) fears of “killer robots” run amok — the product of a steady diet of dystopian literature and Hollywood blockbusters starring a certain Austrian bodybuilder....

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How much does fantasy football cost employers?

September 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Last year nearly 26 million people in the United States played fantasy football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). That number figures to be even higher in 2014 for a virtual game that is no longer just a hobby — it’s a mega-revenue generating business....

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Infographic: Where are all the women in STEM?

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

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ECN Time Warp: March 1997

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Some old ECN Magazine covers have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to March 1997. Around the time this issue went to the printer, we learned that ...

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Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

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Preventing emergencies with home automation

August 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Comments

The engineers in the Forget Me Not Challenge are hard at work on their designs as we approach the one-month mark, and Embedit Electronics and Cypress Semiconductor recently provided them with the new RPiSoC development platform to help bring their imagined creations to life. One theme that has been consistent throughout the competition is the idea that home automation technology can prevent a household emergency.

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The downfall of interactive restaurant technology

August 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Every month, innovative technology is unleashed upon hordes of eager consumers, and most of these products are aimed at making our lives simpler. Smartphones provide us with Internet, games, apps, and music – all in addition to basic phone and messaging capabilities....

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Commoditizing the network part two: Integrating service capabilities in white box switches

August 28, 2014 9:01 am | by Sam Fuller, Freescale Semiconductor | Comments

Software defined networking and many of the accompanying trends have revolutionized the network. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how white box switches are driving the network to increased commoditization. The flexibility and programmability provided by white box switches ...

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Lockheed Martin designs the superhuman workers of tomorrow

August 28, 2014 8:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today.A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin testing and evaluating two FORTIS industrial exoskeletons....

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When blinding someone with a laser is better than killing them

August 27, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

Sometimes, it’s better to shine a bright light in someone’s face than riddle them with bullets (shocking, I know). And for troops in a warzone following very specific Escalation of Force (EOF) procedures, not killing someone is always the best possible outcome....

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This is what it's like to be in the cockpit of an F-16

August 27, 2014 8:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

The title says it all here, but this is ridiculous. The video was taken from the cockpit of a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 as it was flying, quite low, over an ice sheet in Greenland.  There isn't too much information available, but after take off (hold on to your stomach) you'll first see the ice rim (located east of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland)....

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