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Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

Technological changes in the next five years

September 11, 2014 8:51 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

For the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Austin, TX at the peak of southern summer heat for the engineering geek fest that is National Instruments’ (NI) global conference on graphical system design, or NIWeek. More than 3,200 ...

8 GHz bandwidth socket designed for DDR3 SDRAM

September 9, 2014 1:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high-performance BGA socket for 0.8mm pitch, 96 pin BGA IC's. The SG-BGA-6410 socket is designed for multiple IC sizes - 8x14mm, 7.5x13mm, 9x13mm and 9x16mm ...

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Top technological discoveries of humankind

September 9, 2014 10:26 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ever wonder what discovery or inventions created or started the foundations for today’s society? How far do we have to go back in our history to find the first person to use ideas that we take for granted today? How many things are just refinements....

10 things to remember about fiber optics

September 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Susan Stanley, Training Manager, B&B Electronics (http://www.bb-elec.com) | B & B Electronics | Articles | Comments

When planning for a successful fiber-optic network and cabling installation, several principles remain constant but often are overlooked. As a training manager, I see how easy it is to overlook some of these principles. Here are my 10 things....

Google Glass could detect, diagnose emotion

September 8, 2014 3:40 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Well, there you go. Google Glass is more than just an ostentatious gadget for filming things, augmented reality, and generally freaking everyone out within a 50-yard radius. Actually, medical applications like BioGlass could finally move this $1,500 widget....

ECN Time Warp: May 1999

September 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to May 1999. That month, a major change in the way we communicate was born with the announcement of Bluetooth 1.0....

Could the new iPhone kill credit cards for good?

September 8, 2014 8:10 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Experts are predicting that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will include an internal NFC chip that will make the device scannable at checkout counters everywhere. The idea of no longer fishing through your wallet or sorting through ...  

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Radar systems of the future

September 5, 2014 1:19 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The United States Navy is generally regarded as invulnerable to defeat at sea thanks to its formidable fleet and electronic warfare capabilities. Still, one enemy tactic that can potentially make some high-value targets such as aircraft carriers vulnerable is a barrage of incoming missiles....

Phase-adjustable connector accommodates frequency ranges up to 18 GHz

September 4, 2014 3:41 pm | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) has just announced its next generation of the phase-adjustable connector for RG405, the 3993-3.  With the newly released high-performance 3993-3, Coaxicom has enhanced the direct solder versions of the phase adjustable connector....

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

The advanced materials revolution

September 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The invention of advanced materials is an area where the U.S. has not only been dominant, but has led the world through out the twentieth century. The creation of advanced materials has launched entirely new industries. Here are just a few of materials created by the U.S....

Why "killer robots" are nothing to worry about

September 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems like every new development in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems dredges up the same tired (and slightly paranoid) fears of “killer robots” run amok — the product of a steady diet of dystopian literature and Hollywood blockbusters starring a certain Austrian bodybuilder....

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How much does fantasy football cost employers?

September 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Last year nearly 26 million people in the United States played fantasy football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). That number figures to be even higher in 2014 for a virtual game that is no longer just a hobby — it’s a mega-revenue generating business....

Infographic: Where are all the women in STEM?

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

ECN Time Warp: March 1997

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old ECN Magazine covers have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to March 1997. Around the time this issue went to the printer, we learned that ...

Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

Lockheed Martin designs the superhuman workers of tomorrow

August 28, 2014 8:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today.A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin testing and evaluating two FORTIS industrial exoskeletons....

When blinding someone with a laser is better than killing them

August 27, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes, it’s better to shine a bright light in someone’s face than riddle them with bullets (shocking, I know). And for troops in a warzone following very specific Escalation of Force (EOF) procedures, not killing someone is always the best possible outcome....

This is what it's like to be in the cockpit of an F-16

August 27, 2014 8:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The title says it all here, but this is ridiculous. The video was taken from the cockpit of a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 as it was flying, quite low, over an ice sheet in Greenland.  There isn't too much information available, but after take off (hold on to your stomach) you'll first see the ice rim (located east of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland)....

How OLED lighting could "save" the OLED industry

August 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Lawrence Gasman, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Ever since LCD displays came to dominate the living room, the desktop and mobile communications, new technologies claiming superiority over LCD have made their pitches. Most have failed. Plasma displays (PDPs) and electrophoretic displays (EPDs) made waves for a while....

Technology: Our savior or our downfall?

August 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Probably one of those topics that people have been debating since someone brought back the first burning stick and started a fire.  “Progress, who needs it?”  Well, in a lot of ways, we all need it.  At our present world population figure of 7 billion and counting, we could hardly live without it....

Traffic lights are insanely easy to hack into

August 25, 2014 8:40 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat at a traffic light that takes forever to change, and wish you could just change it yourself? Certain disreputable parties might have the ability to do that. Researchers say, “anyone with a radio hooked up to a laptop can ...

Photos of the Day: Your new home on Mars

August 22, 2014 12:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Mars One is looking to send humans to Mars in 2025. Next year, the first batch of applicants (yes, willing applicants) will be selected to begin their training, which will continue up until the 2024 launch date. Nearly a decade of training is hardly the commitment....

ECN Time Warp: April 1994

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Prior to the Web, news delivery was not so instantaneous. New product news was delivered each month to our engineering audience through ECN’s print edition. Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years....

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