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DARPA’s tank of the future won’t need armor

October 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

The tanks of the future will reinvent (and simultaneously minimize) the very concept of “armor”. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program will swap armor for technology and brute strength for maneuverability. Forget the slow, lumbering behemoths....

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VTP - Very Tiny Parts

October 7, 2014 6:19 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

A while back, I wrote about a new ARM Cortex M0+ chip from Freescale. It's not the first M0+, but I do believe that it's the smallest. I've been checking stock off and on and finally found the smallest package to be in stock and available to ship....

Cost Reduction in Design - More Advice for Makers

October 6, 2014 5:54 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

If you're looking for the absolute, cheapest possible assembly service, you'll need to look outside of North America. If you really need a decent price with good quality and good service, you can keep your gaze West of the Atlantic...

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Does California drone ban violate the 1st Amendment?

October 6, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

California took the first step toward substantially regulating the drones when it passed a bill banning their use by paparazzi. And I think many of us would applaud the decision – the bill prevents UAVs from capturing images of people without their consent....

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Counterfeit electronic components in weapons systems cost lives

October 6, 2014 9:05 am | by Joe Bilotta, CEO and Co-Founder, Component Search International | Comments

According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), all segments of the commercial, industrial and defense supply chains have been impacted by counterfeit electronic components....

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How field application engineers are changing the engineering world

October 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

Field application engineers, also known as FAEs or Sales engineers are a hybrid of exactly what the title implies: Sales and Engineering. These folks are unique because they’re essentially in the position of selling a product but they can also offer....

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UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

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A fully wireless motion-capture system

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for $4,000 – which turned a lot of heads....

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Get off your computer

October 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. As soon as I stumble out of bed, I instinctively boot up my computer. Emails require responses, the weather must be checked, and the news needs to be read....

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Choose Your Package Wisely

October 1, 2014 12:33 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

As I mentioned in my prior blog, there are reasons to consider different packages than just physical size. Sometimes it is just space available on the PC board, but there may be other considerations as well. One of the first...

My internship experience with ECN Magazine

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Comments

It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and a priceless learning experience. My time as the brand new editorial intern for ECN magazine was definitely unforgettable. At first, I was a little bit nervous, hoping that I was the right guy for the job. I wasn’t....

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Smart glasses and the evolution of human-computing interfaces

September 30, 2014 9:38 am | by James Mongomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Comments

Within the emerging category of wearable computing, arguably the most characteristic product to emerge is "smart glasses" which mesh the communications capabilities of smartphones with additional visual and other sensual enhancements....

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Are engineers too smart for their own good?

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I can have an ongoing dialogue with multiple design engineers every day. Sure, sometimes the conversations are a bit feisty as things heat up in the pddnet.com comments section (where cooler heads rarely prevail)....

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Home automation: Conserving energy, lowering your bills

September 29, 2014 2:16 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Comments

Home automation is typically discussed in the context of convenience, but the engineers taking part in element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge also recognize IoT technology can save users a significant amount of money. For example, data collected by My Alarm Center shows households with installed home automation systems see an average savings of 15 percent on monthly energy bills.

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How three teenage girls are solving world hunger

September 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

The key to beefing up the country (and world) supply of engineer and technology superstars is giving them the opportunity to do great things, even if they can’t legally drive yet. The Google Science Fair is a competition for students between the ages of 13 and 18 with prizes ranging...

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