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Engineering Update #21: Boeing's laser weaponry and Samsung's secret smartwatch

August 22, 2013 10:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: Boeing's impressive laser weapon system: Boeing recently announced that its Thin Disk Laser system has achieved unexpected levels of power and efficiency, bringing the concept of laser weaponry one step closer to the battlefield.

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RapidFIRE: Crooks scam patrons with 3D-printed ATMs

August 21, 2013 10:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Criminals in Sydney, Australia have gone high-tech, using 3D-printed components to scam ATM users out of their hard earned cash. By utilizing 3D printing, the criminals create faux ATM components to house information-stealing electronics - the components are cheap and fast to create, thanks to FDM technology. This "skimming" technology is hard to detect and easy to replicate.

Engineer It - Understanding basic sensored BLDC motor operation

August 20, 2013 8:41 am | Comments

Learn the basic operation of a BLDC motor from Michael Firth, Motor Driver marketing manager. Editor's note: ECN will be running the "Engineer It" video series from Texas Instruments each week in our e-newsletters. Stay tuned! Check out more Engineer It videos: http://www.ti.com/ww/en/engineer-it/index.shtml?DCMP=engineerit&HQS=engineerit

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Engineering Newswire 51: The first Navy infrared camera saves the whales

August 15, 2013 12:25 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, we're hacking yachts, stopping trash can spies, creating feelings with Disney research, and putting the first Navy Infrared Camera in the crow's nest. A radio navigation research team at the University of Texas Austin have designed a GPS device with which they attempted to coerce a 213-foot yacht off course.

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Engineering Update #20: Elon Musk and The Hyperloop

August 15, 2013 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In a story that has everyone talking, Elon Musk of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and Space X fame has announced his newest plan for revamping the world of public transportation. The system is called Hyperloop and it would allow passengers to travel the 350 miles from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

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Engineering Newswire 50: Big Bertha tunnels to downtown Seattle

August 12, 2013 4:31 pm | Comments

Researchers at North Carolina State University have further developed soft-robotics research by using hydrogels -- a polymer substance that is almost entirely water. The SR 99 tunneling machine, also known as Bertha, has started her two-mile journey through downtown Seattle with her 5 story-tall cutter-head.

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Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Measuring Stability

August 12, 2013 8:54 am | Comments

TI's Bob Hanrahan demonstrates how to measure stability when testing power supplies. For more videos on testing power supplies, check out: Overview: www.ti.com/testingpoweroverview. Editor's note: ECN will be running the "Engineer It" video series from Texas Instruments each Monday in our e-newsletters. Stay tuned!

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Engineering Update #19: Bringing immersive entertainment to the bathroom and the DIY eSpyder

August 8, 2013 9:36 am | Comments

In this week's headlines: AquaTop Display brings immersive entertainment to your bathroom: Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are exploring new territory in the field of natural user interface design with their AquaTop Display.

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RapidFIRE: Supersonic car takes shot at speed barrier

August 6, 2013 4:19 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

The Bloodhound supersonic car is going to take a shot at going supersonic in the summer of 2015, and it is relying on rapid manufacturing to speed past the 1,000 mph speed barrier. The tip is subject to forces as high as 4,915 lbs/ft2. To cope with such loadings, a prototype tip has been designed in titanium and will be bonded to Bloodhound's carbon fiber monocoque body.

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DIY Hacks & How Tos: Developing fingerprints with Superglue

August 6, 2013 9:53 am | Comments

Fingerprinting is an important element of crime scene investigation. You may have heard that Superglue (cyanoacrylate) can be used to develop fingerprints. But you might not be aware that this technique can easily be performed at home with everyday materials. So in this project, I am going to teach you how to develop fingerprints with the Super Glue fuming method.

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Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Measuring Noise

August 5, 2013 9:48 am | Comments

TI's Bob Hanrahan demonstrates how to measure noise when testing power supplies. For more videos on testing power supplies, check out: Overview: www.ti.com/testingpoweroverview. Editor's note: ECN will be running the "Engineer It" video series from Texas Instruments each Monday in our e-newsletters. Stay tuned!

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Engineering Newswire 49: Embedded teeth circuits monitor 'unhealthy acts'

August 5, 2013 9:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Neuroscientists and engineers at the University of Waterloo's Computational Neuroscience Research Group have built the world's largest functional model of the human brain. Named Spaun or the Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network, the simulated brain has a 784-pixel digital eye for visual input, and a robotic arm that scribes tangible output.

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Engineering Update #18: NASA's 3D printer and BMW's electric car

August 1, 2013 11:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this week's headlines: NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station to be used for printing spare parts and tools. BMW has its first all-electric hatchback called the i3. The car offers an 80 to 100 mile range and multiple eco-friendly, low energy options.

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Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Measuring Efficiency

July 29, 2013 12:30 pm | Texas Instruments | Comments

TI's Bob Hanrahan demonstrates how to measure efficiency when testing a power supply. For more videos on testing power supplies, check out: Overview: www.ti.com/testingpoweroverview Measuring noise: www.ti.com/measuringnoise Measuring stability: www.ti.com/measuringstability

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EEVblog #498 - How to get a $50 oscilloscope on eBay

July 25, 2013 2:41 pm | Comments

Dave shows you how it's not that hard to find that mythical $50 analog oscilloscope on ebay. At least in the US and UK. It's not impossible, it turns out. For more, check out: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/eevblog-498-how-to-get-a-$50-oscilloscope-on-ebay/

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