Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical, which means that twice a day ...
This month’s digital issue of ECN explores the worlds of passives, displays and smart readers. A breakthrough in nanotechnology research could result in electric cars that are powered by their own body panels. Electric vehicles rely on lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for propulsion.....
In the January editor of ECN, we explore the world of the military in the form of MILSPEC-required extreme environments and Smart UAVS. As military technology continues to evolve towards more durable, smarter technologies, the components must also change. We’re also...
Security. It’s a topic that you can’t seem to escape whether you’re reading a news story about a security breach at Sony or a hacker who is capable of taking over your car. In this issue of ECN, we’re talking about security in the ever-changing, ever-evolving world of connectivity.
Robotics are slowly creeping into every facet of life, from creepy humanoids who are just a little "off" to exoskeletons that allow paralyzed people to walk to helping the military shoulder the weight of supplies. Face it, robots are everywhere (including in this issue of ECN.)
Oil and gas drilling offers some of the most challenging and intense rugged environments in the industry. As the projects call for deeper drilling, engineers are encountering even more difficult geological conditions with increasing temperatures and a need for long-lasting equipment.
Military and aerospace can be some of the most stressful environments to design for. Not only do they have rigorous specifications, the challenge of creating components or designs that function under such extreme conditions can be a trying task. High in the sky: New materials offer high-reliability capacitors for aerospace explores the solutions for designing in space.
In this day and age, anywhere you have a large crowd of people, you will have a large crowd of people using their phones. Technologically, this is a challenge when it comes to designing wireless networks capable of handling the load. In the August issue, we explore the problems and solutions for today's wireless companies and also discuss how motion control is changing the engineering landscape.
While Hollywood often focuses on technology that’s not quite available in the real world, sometimes what’s depicted on-screen eventually makes its way into the market or even into a military convoy. Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood follows the evolution of the display technology seen in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report as it moves from just an idea on a screen to a real-life communication tool.
Electric cars are finally becoming a serious contender in the automotive world. The mileage is increasing, the price is decreasing, and the batteries are no longer on fire. But it’s been a long road for the technology and with over 175,000 plug-in vehicles on the road today, the challenges won’t stop anytime soon.