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NI Week 2012: National Instruments' new vector signal transceiver

August 14, 2012 1:48 pm | Comments

At NI Week 2012, Luke Schreier of National Instruments discusses the company's new Vector Signal Transceiver, the PXI Express 5644R.


Wired Magazine: Where do earbuds come from?

August 7, 2012 4:14 pm | by Wired Magazine | Comments

Wired contributor Steven Leckart visits Plantronics, the company responsible for creating the headset that transmitted "One small step for man..." on the moon in 1969. Now, they make ear molds to collect data for improving headsets.- Wired Magazine


The Golden Touch: Behind the Webb Telescope

August 7, 2012 4:06 pm | by HubbleSiteChannel | Comments

The Webb Telescope's mirrors are coated in an extremely thin film of gold. This gold layer, only a few millionths of an inch thick, enables the mirrors to best reflect the infrared light the telescope seeks. The thinner the layer, the better off the telescope will be -- every bit of weight counts when a telescope as big as Webb is being lifted into space by a rocket. Join us at Quantum Coating in New Jersey, where engineers are vaporizing gold to apply a thin, even layer to the telescope's mirrors. - HubbleSiteChannel


This week from NASA: Landing Curiousity, test firings for project Morpheus, International space station

August 7, 2012 4:02 pm | Comments

This week on @NASA Following a daring plunge through the Martian Atmosphere -- billed as 7-minutes of Terror, The Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover made a successful, on-target landing on the Red Planet in Gale Crater. Curiosity is scheduled to conduct a two-year mission to investigate the most intriguing places on Mars in an effort to determine if microbial life is possible on the planet. Also, engineers at the Johnson Space Center have conducted test firings of the Project Morpheus Lander, the quickest trip ever to the International Space Station of an unpiloted Russian Progress resupply ship, Marking History at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility and more! -NASA Television


PBS Off Book: Seeing Beyond the Human Eye

August 7, 2012 10:20 am | by PBS Off Book | Comments

Technology defies the boundaries of human perception. From photomicrography to astrophotography, size and distance are no longer barriers, and through slow-mo and timelapse, we are allowed to see time and humanity in a new light. Through our curiosity and thirst for the unknown, the beauty of the universe can now be explored beyond the limits of the naked eye. - PBS Off Book


New 3D Printing Technologies Unveiled

August 7, 2012 10:10 am | by Todd Grimm | Comments

Industry expert Todd Grimm digs into 3 new 3D printing technologies. These range from the very tiny from Nanoscribe, to large metal objects from Fabrisonic, to high resolution optically clear designs from LuXeXcel. As usual, Todd brings his analysis to the story, letting you know what’s newsworthy about each new technology.


This week in Engineering: Inflatable Heat Shield

August 7, 2012 10:07 am | by | Comments

This Week in Engineering - Paint absorbs weaponized chemicals; Pioneer anomaly solved; tires from dandelions; nanobots target Hepatitis-C; Japanese trashcan bot; and inflatable heat shield.


Techniques for SoC power management

July 31, 2012 4:21 pm | Comments

More performance, less power! Freescale technical experts Cody Croxton and Ben Eckermann discuss how Freescale is innovating to provide more power-efficient multicore processors, including new implementations of advanced power management techniques with the e6500 Power Architecture core.


Multicore processor threading

July 31, 2012 3:52 pm | Comments

Freescale's Jim Holt reviews the different market approaches to multicore SoC threading, and discusses Freescale's multithreading implementation as it relates to the new QorIQ Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series.

Stantum's Fine Touch Z Technology

July 3, 2012 8:43 am | Comments

Stantum demonstrates their Fine Touch Z Technology, which allows you to touch and write on a single sensor.

Thin, flexible printed batteries bring sound to novelty fire truck

June 13, 2012 9:33 am | Comments

Here’s an example of how thin, printed flexible batteries are used to bring life to novelty items. Here, you can see the batteries mounted into this interactive toy fire tuck from Novalia Ltd. Conductive ink sensitive touch points enable the sounds. These batteries are suitable for


SID Display Week 2012: Ocular's 17'' Truetouch Panel

June 12, 2012 4:06 pm | Comments

From the show floor of SID 2012 in Boston: David Nolte, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Ocular, discusses the company's Truetouch Panel, which can support up to 16 simultaneous touches.


NASA jet pack provides safety to astronauts - PTC

June 12, 2012 9:04 am | Comments

SAFER - an emergency jet pack for NASA astronauts - is designed to propel a spacewalker to safety if he becomes un-tethered and can't get back to the airlock.


Dean Kamen - You get what you celebrate - PTC

June 12, 2012 8:57 am | Comments

Dean Kamen, inventor and founder of FIRST Robotics, discusses the next big global challenges and why we need to invest in the next generation of engineers right now.


Power supply basics module 1

May 24, 2012 4:34 pm | Comments

Former ECN Editor-in-Chief and current GlobTek Marketing Communications Director Alix Paultre gives an overview of power supplies for laymen, business professionals, and those with a non-technical background. This is the first in a series.



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