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This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

Why being a lifelong learner makes engineering a perfect career

December 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Alexis Noelli Peña, a student at Syracuse University focusing in biomedical engineering.

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Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

Push-Pull circular connectors designed for military and medical applications

December 3, 2014 5:06 pm | Odu-Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA (Camarillo, CA) announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors on the US market. The Push-Pull locking system allows the connection to secure itself when mated, and thousands of mating cycles are possible. The design prevents ...

Conformable cables offer low PIM performance

December 3, 2014 2:53 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

RF Industries (San Diego, CA) conformable semi-rigid cable assemblies are manufactured with a tin-filled, braided outer conductor that exhibits similar electrical properties to solid semi-rigid, but can be hand-formed in the field with no degradation in ...

Why the Navy hasn’t discovered the Holy Grail of energy independence

December 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A while back, the Navy announced plans to turn seawater into fuel, thereby eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels — and despotic regimes — and discovering the Holy Grail of energy independence. And no one’s talking about it. Well ... turns out ...

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Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

December 3, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

Smartgun system calls for police backup in dire situations

December 2, 2014 3:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Previous smartguns have focused on personalization options that restrict the weapon to authorized users or require a companion bracelet or other trinket to operate it. But Yardarm Technologies is taking a slightly different approach — a tracking module ...

Engineering Update #87: Virtual reality beach vacations

December 1, 2014 8:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Last week, we talked about a system of targeted advertising very similar to the film Minority Report, based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick. And this time, we shine the spotlight on a famous hotel chain — rhymes with “chariot” — that’s introducing ...

BGA socket adapter constructed with high temperature FR-4 substrate

November 25, 2014 4:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) released a new BGA socket adapter for 724 pin BGA, 1mm pitch, 35x35mm IC size. The BGA socket adapter consists of two modules (female socket module and male adapter module). The patented female socket ...

Beer and the Eywa Economy (or how to profit from the IoT)

November 25, 2014 1:59 pm | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In my previous article, we saw how sensors combined with processing and networking form a structure very similar to a brain. We suggested that the power of that structure could be seen through movies like “Avatar” and “Terminator”. Eywa of “Avatar” ...

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Here's what the astronauts are having for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 10:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. The crew on the International Space Station (ISS) consists of Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore...

LED connector range features mated footprint of 8.80mm x 11.00mm

November 25, 2014 9:15 am | Gct Semiconductor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

GCT has expanded its range of White Lite LED lighting connectors. Engineered to be the perfect choice for LED strip light applications, the new BJ300 and 301 two position mating connector combinations offer reliable dual-contact design. LED ...

Replacing mailmen with drones

November 25, 2014 8:58 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

This is what it's like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle

November 25, 2014 8:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle? Perhaps, like me, if you're not familiar with the fighter than you have not had this particular dream, but for many folks this video is as close as you're going ...

More “lady brains”: Barbie is a lousy engineer

November 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let’s be honest — Barbie has never been a shining beacon of progressive thought. Her figure looks more like Jessica Rabbit than Jane Doe, and her physics-defying measurements would kill an ordinary girl. That said, her latest fictional adventure ...

Is 3D carving the new 3D printing?

November 24, 2014 8:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project — a 3D carver — he might be ...

Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.

Power connector provides high-current capacity

November 20, 2014 3:59 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed the DF65 Series connector, a small, vertical-mating wire-to-board connector that provides high-current capacity and high reliability for power supplies, up to 4 Amps (with 24 AWG wire) and 50 V AC/DC....

Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

Be thankful marketing isn't running R&D

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens around the Halloween time of year. The timing seems strangely appropriate given how scary the diminishing event has become. That is to say ...

Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

Universal contact interconnects designed for right-angle applications

November 19, 2014 12:00 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand announced a new offering of universal-contact connectors for perpendicular/right angle configurations at electronica 2014. Driven by the growing medical industry need for a low-cost ...

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