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The extreme environment of MILSPEC

January 16, 2015 7:21 am | by Major General Steve Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), and CEO of Marvin Test Solutions | Articles | Comments

While many industries benefit from more durable test equipment, the term “rugged test and measurement” reaches new heights when it comes to military specifications that include extreme temperature, vibration, humidity, and salt requirements....

AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015

January 15, 2015 5:24 pm | Events

With more than 8,000 attendees and 550+ exhibitors from more than 40 countries, AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems is recognized as the leading event for the unmanned systems marketplace. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) is the world’s largest ...

Vietnamese leader says banning social media sites impossible

January 15, 2015 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vietnam's prime minister said Thursday that it is impossible to ban social media such as Facebook so authorities in the communist nation instead should provide correct information to inform public opinion. "You are all on social media, checking Facebook for information....

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Engineering Update #93: A hybrid motorcycle for US Special Forces

January 15, 2015 11:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

The smart UAVs solution

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Andrew Simpson, Content Developer, Gumstix, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few things have captivated the technology world’s imagination over the last two years like unmanned aerial vehicles. From airborne home videos, to lifting tanks out of the sea in a swarm, both the fun and practical applications of UAVs seem virtually limitless....

Can this robot solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a person?

January 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It can be challenging to get kids involved in STEM because it's a pretty vast array of subjects and it can be highly technical, which makes it difficult to relate to. With that in mind, there has been a big push to create ways for students to learn the skills of engineering or ...

Photos of the Day: The 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is unveiled

January 15, 2015 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays ...

My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

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The SSL/TLS handshake

January 14, 2015 12:15 pm | by Bernard Vachon, Engineering Director, Cardinal Peak | Articles | Comments

Last April, the Heartbleed bug caused us to update all our passwords. Then in September, the Shellshock bug forced Linux users to update their bash shell. More recently, the Poodle exploit put an end to SSL 3.0. Network security is constantly ...

Consumer electronics industry recognises need for a better smart TV experience

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Philips uWand | News | Comments

Philips uWand announced the findings of its latest Smart TV Report. The research shows a 15% increase in smart TV ownership by industry professionals since 2012. However, despite steady growth, engagement rates continue to be hampered by ...

What will be the "must-have" consumer product in 2015?

January 14, 2015 9:31 am | Broadcom Corp., Quicklogic Corporation | Articles | Comments

The market has witnessed an increasing number of consumers who prefer large-screen smartphones, considered to be devices with 4.7-inch screens or larger. Apple’s recent launch of two larger-screen iPhones reflects what many analysts see ...

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

Male readers don’t think sexism in science exists

January 14, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of studies that attest to the gender gap in STEM fields and the sexism that exists in the hiring process, not to mention what happens when women are actually hired. And I mean a lot of studies. In 1999, a study showed that even with ...

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Watch a drone film the Las Vegas fire show

January 13, 2015 3:45 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

When Las Vegas isn’t actively trying to take your money, it’s entertaining you just long enough so it can continue taking your money. One of these “interludes” is the volcano fire show at the Mirage, and the good folks at Byrobot made the experience 10x hotter....

Obama's cybersecurity proposals part of decade-old programs

January 13, 2015 3:26 pm | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military's U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the U.S. Obama unveiled a proposal for cybersecurity legislation at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center....

9 ways the White House geeked out about science & tech in 2014

January 13, 2015 3:19 pm | by Becky Fried, Deputy Assistant Director of Strategic Communications in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy | Blogs | Comments

2014 may go down in history as the geekiest year ever here at the White House. Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we've adorned ...

CES 2015: Sensors are everywhere ... but what products matter?

January 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

CES 2015 was defined by more sensors, in more products, in more categories than ever before. Incredibly, one in 10 U.S. adults own an activity tracker today. The latest smartphones contain as many as 16 sensors, and with Google Fit and Apple’s Healthkit ...

CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique (Part 2)

January 13, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. And CES goes above and beyond. Here’s a small sampling of what I saw, and be sure to check out part 1....

White House video highlights Army's 3-D scanning capabilities

January 13, 2015 10:33 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The White House released a video documenting how a Smithsonian-led team created the first 3-D models of a president. The video highlights the use of an Army-funded Light Stage scanning system, which was key to creating the highest resolution digital model....

After gadgets and gizmos go home, CES exhibits get recycled

January 13, 2015 8:57 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys, vinyl banners get a new life....

Drone World Expo

January 13, 2015 8:43 am | Events

Drone World Expo, the premier event for commercial drone technologies and applications, will take place November 17-18, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center. The expo and conference is produced for the industry, by the industry, working with ...

Multi-GNSS receiver module available in 7mm x 7mm form factor

January 12, 2015 6:02 pm | by SkyTraq Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SkyTraq Technology Inc. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) introduces Venus828F, a stand-alone multi-GNSS receiver module in small 7mm x 7mm form factor. It works with multiple satellite systems and tracks up to 28 satellites concurrently. Designed with the highest performance ...

January 2015: Military/UAVs

January 12, 2015 4:17 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

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...

Air Force developing critical processors for satellites

January 12, 2015 2:15 pm | by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and a small business partner are developing technologies that they expect will enable successful use of high-power processors that operate on satellites with funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program....

Engineering Newswire: Mercedes' futuristic self-driving car

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Lots of new technologies and innovations were displayed this past week at CES. However, few were more impressive than Mercedes’Benz self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion. Living up to its name, this car looks like something out of a science fiction movie....

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