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Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

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Why can’t automakers seem to learn?

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Years ago, the Toyota “unintended acceleration” story dominated the headlines for, at first, days, and then weeks. Through the end of 2009 and well into 2010, it was the biggest story in the manufacturing world by a long-shot, and to this day remains one of the biggest industrial blunders in recent history....

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How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

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Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time transcript

April 2, 2014 12:00 am | by Editor | Comments

Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time  Kasey: Welcome to the Engineering update. I’m Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor of ECN, and in this week's episode: How to wirelessly charge 40 phones at once Unlocking guns with your fingerprint And creating fuel from the sun

Automating artwork videos

April 2, 2014 12:00 am | by Editor | Comments

Imagine being a prospective student at East Carolina University (ECU) arriving at the sprawling Greenville, North Carolina campus with parents in tow, eager to take a look around. Suddenly, two doors on the library’s giant clock tower open and a trumpet emerges as a song plays out overhead. There are LCD monitors on the clock where the analog numbers are supposed to be.

China could lead the way with the smart home

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them....

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5 questions OEMs should ask a chip maker

April 1, 2014 10:15 am | by Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor | Comments

One of the components of your future device is a cellular chip. There are many chip providers from which to choose, all eager to help bring your product to market. The decision to partner with a chipset vendor is not an easy one, and requires a significant amount of research, time and resources....

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TSA deploys drones to watch you from space

April 1, 2014 8:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Citing the ongoing domestic terrorist threat (aka, the “most dire threat to national security since Grandma Betty at the airport”), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a fleet of drones with the ability to destroy dangerous contraband like baby formula and remotely monitor “shady individuals” like 10-year-olds and grandparents....

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The best internship I’ve ever had

March 31, 2014 1:37 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Comments

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and editor, but before working here I was ready to shelve that dream. I came to ECN from several solid months of terrible luck on the job front. Before my interview, I remember painstakingly researching the magazine and feeling my knees shake....

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Beginning FPGAs

March 31, 2014 1:36 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

An hour later, you can join me to explore the very basics of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in FPGAs - Light at the End of the Learning Curve. The session is on Tuesday, April 1st, from 3:30 - 4:30, in...

Best Practices in PCB design

March 31, 2014 12:01 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

If you do happen to end up at the EE Live show, be sure to catch my session: Best Practices in Circuit Board Design. I'll show the most common traps we see that can cause manufacturability issues. The session is...

Screaming Circuits at EE Live

March 31, 2014 11:53 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

If you're in San Jose, CA this week, stop by and see us at the EE Live show. We'll be in booth 927 - just a short walk, and a laft turn from the entrance. Show hours are: Tuesday, April...

Stop the madness! Facebook’s purchase of Oculus won’t trigger Armageddon

March 31, 2014 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The alternate title for this piece could’ve been “The Internet entitlement mentality” (part II), because that’s what Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus has triggered in millions of disgruntled techies and industry analysts. On Tuesday, March 25, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion....

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Obama’s proposal to end NSA bulk phone data collection still presents a disconnect

March 28, 2014 1:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

If the President has his way, the NSA’s ability to reach out and touch your phone data will be curtailed a bit, or so it seems. It’s been nearly a year since the public was made aware of the government’s widespread collection of communications data, and President Obama is looking to strike a balance between

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What is the state of the supply chain? Your chance to speak out

March 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Editor | Comments

ECN has always positioned itself at the forefront of the supply chain. From anti-counterfeiting features to the latest trends in distribution and design services, we continually make the designer’s ability to procure components smarter, safer and more efficiently a top editorial priority. In conjunction with our EDS show coverage, we’re letting you, the reader, speak out about the supply chain.

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