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High-current terminals feature push-in connection technology

November 5, 2014 4:10 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduces a new line of push-in technology terminal blocks for high-power applications. The PTPOWER 95 provides easier spring connection for wires up to 4/0 AWG than screw connectors traditionally used....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

Why this engineering program is years ahead of the rest

November 4, 2014 8:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the subject of women in engineering comes up, it's often a discussion about the negatives like the pay disparity or the total lack of women in certain programs. But today's story is a little bit more hopeful. Binghamton University made a big announcement....

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Power connector designed for harsh environment applications

November 3, 2014 4:56 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has released the HR41A Series, a small, light plastic power connector that is IP68-rated with advanced lightning surge protection (15 kV) and is well-suited to power applications in outdoor and other harsh environments....

Army "smartsuit" would augment strength and reduce injuries

November 3, 2014 8:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

Why solar power is the future

November 3, 2014 7:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

STEM Student of the week: Ryan James Milcarek

October 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ryan James Milcarek, a Research Assistant at the Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Lab at Syracuse University. (Editor's note: Go Orange!) Ryan caught our attention here at ECN when he was selected to attend a prestigious event at NASA as a 2013 to 2014 NASA Scholar.

Plug-in connector series streamlines assembly, installation, and maintenance

October 30, 2014 4:23 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has expanded its plug-in connector series to include slim designs for ESS storage batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and industrial machinery. The PS3 Series plug-in connector's slim design is achieved by employing ...

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3D-printed gun includes the Declaration of Independence

October 30, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D-printed guns are the vanguard of a political movement which rejects any and all attempts at gun control. They’re as much a political statement as an engineering marvel. So if you want to speak loudly and carry a big stick, why not inscribe the Declaration of Independence on the grip?

AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

Watch Steve Jobs change the world and introduce the iPod

October 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy 13th birthday to the music device that changed the world. There had been other (terrible) options for portable mp3 players, but the iPod was the one that blew the roof off the electronics industry. Introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and coming in at $400 ...

Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 28, 2014 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

High frequency connectors feature a 360° raised grounding ring

October 27, 2014 4:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Southwest Microwave, Inc. (Tempe, AZ) has announced the introduction of a new line of 1.0mm (W) DC to 110 GHz connectors. Products in this high-frequency connector series include field-replaceable two and four-hole flange mount and thread-in connectors....

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Fiber cassettes interconnect 10, 40, and 100/120Gb networks

October 27, 2014 4:07 pm | Tripp Lite | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has introduced a line of high-density fiber cassette solutions that physically interconnect any combination of 10Gb, 40Gb, and 100/120Gb network equipment. Network managers can choose from a variety of easy-to-use modular cassettes....

5 keys to engaging a product development partner

October 27, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions CEO | Blogs | Comments

While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management....

This mouse of the future requires your whole body

October 27, 2014 11:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you thought Leap Motion was going to be the mouse of the future (ok, I thought it was) then you should brace yourself for what could be the next big thing in the world of the mouse. The Dynamic Chair is a full-body chair designed to replace the traditional mouse....

What it’s like to fly the "world’s worst airline"

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

I hate flying. I’m not scared, mind you. I hate the hassle — arriving early, checking in, and trudging through the security checkpoints. So the prospect of riding the “world’s worst airline” — Air Koryo from North Korea — sounds as appealing as a hole in the head....

Why being a female writer in tech doesn’t make me an idiot

October 24, 2014 4:10 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Today, engineers, we’re going to have a lesson about what’s an acceptable attitude to have and what’s not an acceptable attitude to have. For example, it’s perfectly acceptable to think my opinion is dead wrong because you’re a diehard Android fan. It’s not okay to think I’m an idiot because I’m a woman.....

Why did wind power beat nuclear energy on Tuesday?

October 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Brace yourself, wind power is coming. On Tuesday, wind farms made up 14.2 percent of all power generated during the 24 hours, while nuclear power contributed 13.2 percent. It's not a huge gain, but it's a significant one. So what happened?

The thrill and challenge of aerial photography

October 23, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

They’re the unsung heroes of the sky — the men and women flying alongside the studs piloting some of the most advanced aerial systems in the world. Their purpose? To take stunning aerial photography  ... though that meager description does them a disservice....

Connecting to the Internet of Things with Bluetooth Smart

October 23, 2014 8:45 am | by Ferdie Brillantes, Wireless Module Field Applications Engineer at Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The latest low energy wireless communication protocols in the Bluetooth 4.0 specification are driving a whole new market of battery powered and portable systems. Designers are increasingly looking to integrate this connectivity into their new and existing product lines to unlock the power of the Internet of Things and cloud services.

Our cups runneth over – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

Hook-up wire features low smoke, zero halogen

October 20, 2014 1:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LSZH hook-up wire from Lapp Tannehill (Savage, MN) is recommended for wiring devices, switch gear cabinets, distribution boxes, in tubes on, in or under plaster, closed installation ducts, dry rooms, and areas where human safety and damage ...

4 ways businesses can learn from U.S. Army safety practices

October 20, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Blogs | Comments

Safety processes and procedures is a seemingly highly contradictory concept when initially applied to the US Army in ground combat operations. After all, combat and training for combat is inherently dangerous, risking, and fraught with peril....

"Big Brother" in the palm of your hand?

October 20, 2014 11:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The new wave of implantables would combine tech like radio-frequency identification (RFID) with the convenience of ubiquitous computing. Contactless payment systems like ExxonMobile’s Speedpass or the voluminous contactless credit cards ...

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