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This is the DoD's new hoverbike

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Hoverbike is not a word you generally hear associated with the Department of Defense (DoD), but a recent announcement by


Hands down, Google nails it with Project Soli

June 17, 2015 11:04 am | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, WDD | @SarahG_WDD | Comments

Without a single exchange of words, think about how often you use your hands to say something. You see a friend and wave hello. You get cut-off by the mini-van on the interstate and raise a finger. Facebook has even marketed on the power of the gesture by integrating the “thumbs up” symbol on its site, functioning as your own personal stamp of approval on someone’s cat video...


This tricorder technology belongs on Star Trek

June 17, 2015 9:04 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Comments

element14’s Sci Fi Your Pi design challenges is well on its way as 25 individuals leverage the Raspberry Pi to recreate the devices used by their favorite science fiction characters...


The Black Swans of technology – Is it the end for the Green Board?

June 17, 2015 8:53 am | by Phil Gilchrist General Manager of Optics and CTO of Data and Devices at TE Connectivity | Comments

What makes this a wonderful world is the unpredictability of the way things evolve. I was reminded of this a couple of months ago when I discovered that Glasgow (Scotland) was now in the business of...


What is the next big thing in LEDs?

June 16, 2015 4:45 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

There are a numerous dynamics that we expect to have huge influence on the electronics industry this year allowing marked improvements in energy efficiency, with LED lighting being just one of these...


Watch an old tank crush an old car

June 15, 2015 11:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

As human beings, we seem to have some sort of primal need to watch destruction. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but it's one...


Are 3D-printed guns okay?

June 15, 2015 8:44 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

One of the most controversial topics when it comes to 3D printing are laws on undetectable firearms. And the debate gets even more controversial when we talk about digital arms control and free speech. Should Americans be allowed to say and share whatever they want online? What if that speech is a blueprint for a gun? The State Department says no...


What is history's most important experiment?

June 11, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

A few days ago, to celebrate the alleged anniversary of Ben Franklin's key experiment, Ohio University put together an infographic about great engineers and their inventions. I was not expecting the uproar, but it did get me thinking about who the most important inventors in history are and why.


The new sport that turns people into drones

June 11, 2015 12:22 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

Have you ever played a video game and wished you could jump inside the screen? Like actually be the avatar you’re feverishly controlling from the other side. I’ll admit, there were times I wished I was Princess Peach. Partly because Super Mario 64 was awesome and partly because I always wanted to be rescued from a castle by a knight in shining armor (I’m still waiting for that to happen)...


This is not a good place for your drone

June 11, 2015 12:12 pm | by Kasye Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

There are a lot of regulations about how and when you can fly drones, but there is also a bit of grey area when it comes to enforcing them. As an added bonus, there is apparently a total lack of ethics...


Accessible innovation with 3D printing

June 11, 2015 11:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

3D printing has been making waves in almost all facets of the design engineering industry from life-saving medical devices designed for ...


Defining innovation

June 11, 2015 10:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Innovation. It’s kind of an odd word because it has a very vague definition. Generally, it means...


Take a quick tour of the first dwarf planet to ever be discovered

June 10, 2015 3:16 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Behold. The mysteries of the universe revealed by the innovation of the human mind....


Don’t fear the Reaper: A look into the Military’s most advanced UAV

June 10, 2015 2:13 pm | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, WDD | @SarahG_WDD | Comments

I’m excited to say I’ll be writing a feature article on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for our July/August issue. As a result, I’ve been reading up on the subject a lot these days. For all applications (from police to farmers to ten-year-old boys with the simple mission of spying on their older sisters), UAV technology...


Improving the microwave oven using solid-state RF

June 10, 2015 11:53 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

This afternoon while reheating my leftovers for lunch, I had a flashback to NXP's booth at IMS 2015. Why? Well, because I knew I would pull out my chicken only to find that it would be warm in some spots, and cold in others. A microwave dilemma we've been dealing with for decades...



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