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DoD plans for the zombie apocalypse (seriously)

May 23, 2014 11:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

You probably suspected that the Department of Defense has a plan for every possible contingency, so a land war with China? Totally covered. A nuclear war with a renewed Soviet Union? Covered. But a zombie apocalypse? Not the first (or 10th) contingency that springs to mind....

Cutting the cable for digital signage

May 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by Stephanie Lubrano, Marketing Communications Specialist, Laird | Blogs | Comments

In response to the worldwide growth in technology, the signage industry is no longer limited to just static implementations. In order for a company to remain relevant, competitive signage needs to be easily updated for the latest news, advertisements, and promotions. Traditional methods of running cable to signs and billboards are not always ideal....

Smart sensors prepare NFC for patient monitoring applications

May 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

There’s no question that cell phones have made our lives more convenient. Whether our phones are used for making calls, uploading photos and streaming music, we rely on our smart phones for dynamic data transfer. In the last few years, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology has become available in an increasing number of smart phones....

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RF interconnect system features a zero disengagement force mating mechanism

May 21, 2014 2:43 pm | SV Microwave | Product Releases | Comments

The FeatherMate RF interconnect system from SV Microwave (West Palm Beach, FL) combines a high-density (.100” center-to-center spacing) 65 GHz multiport concept with a zero disengagement force mating mechanism. Direct connection to board trace, solder-free board mounts, and small-diameter coax cable connectors are available....

What does 'Made In America' really mean?

May 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize, according to a new report prepared for the National Retail Federation....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Harwin Inc. wins for Packaging and Interconnects

May 20, 2014 2:00 pm | Harwin, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Harwin’s (Salem, NH) Gecko (G125 series) connectors provide a high reliability, high performance, micro-miniature interconnect solution for cable and PCB applications. They provide a low profile, dual row cable-to- board and board-to-board interconnect solution which is suitable for stacking and cable mating....

Deal negotiation: How chip makers can stem revenue erosion

May 20, 2014 1:12 pm | by Chanan Greenberg | Blogs | Comments

Consumers expect more performance from their computing devices, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It needs to have more capabilities, be faster and use less power. But, there’s a catch – it needs to cost the same or less than last year’s model....

Kim Jong-un rides unicorns, defeats United States military

May 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Political statements take many forms. Sometimes, they’re a modest sit-in, a protest, or an op-ed agitating for change. And sometimes, they’re a farcical video game starring North Korea’s “glorious leader,” Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly taking down the United States with the help of unicorns and Dennis Rodman. Seriously....

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Politician proposes hoverboard lanes in city budget

May 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Though it seems like transportation talk of future is looking only towards improved public transportation and driverless cars, Washington D.C. councilwoman Mary Cheh things we should be investing in a different type of transport option: hoverboards.

Photos of the Day: AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014

May 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014, in sunny Orlando, Florida, was a veritable bonanza for cool aerospace and military hardware. Here’s some of the cooler unmanned systems I came across in my meanderings....

Non-magnetic SMA connectors tested to within the sensitivity of the handheld fluxgate magnetometer

May 16, 2014 8:52 am | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) recently introduced a truly non-magnetic SMA connector series in response to the growing medical equipment industry. In the past, ferromagnetic steel connectors left trace quantities of magnetic material present in the strike layers or as material impurities....

Russian diplomat's tweet dooms the International Space Station

May 16, 2014 7:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Lest you think Twitter breakups are just for the younger generation, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin let fly with a tweet that confused a lot of people on Tuesday. After a press conference with the media, Rogozin tweeted, “@fka_roscosmos doesn’t plan

Solar-powered UAS provides “silent operation”

May 13, 2014 3:51 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a flying Prius with all the blather of a mime and you’ve got the Silent Falcon sUAS. This solar-powered small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) was one of the cooler wares on display at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida....

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Former Air Force Major General headlines ECN IMPACT Awards

May 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The ECN IMPACT Awards celebrate innovation across the design engineering landscape, and the awards ceremony’s keynote speaker could teach us all a lesson or two on leadership. Formerly a Major General in the United States Air Force, Steve Sargeant parlayed his impressive military career into a top leadership role with a prestigious test and measurement company....

Board-to-board contacts provide off-the-shelf connector solutions for harsh environment applications

May 2, 2014 2:04 pm | News | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, S.C.) has introduced a new series of single pogo pin board-to-board (BTB) contacts designed for use in high-lifecycle commercial, industrial, medical, and military applications that demand robust, high-reliability components. Available in five standard compressed stacking heights....

Bluetooth Innovation Series advances developer knowledge

May 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Steve Hegenderfer, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen explosive growth over the last few years — a growth fueled by Bluetooth Smart technology, which developers are integrating into millions of new devices and helping to bring connectivity to everyday objects. In fact, ABI Research revealed that half of the Bluetooth enabled devices shipped in 2013 ...

Watch five monster machines battle it out for Jenga champion

May 2, 2014 6:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I love Cats. I just find them to be awesome in their majestic beauty. I am, of course, talking about Caterpillar machines. (I’ve been strictly a “dog” girl from day one.) My obsession with these beauties requires a little background. My dad is a builder, so it was just part of growing up to have big toys everywhere....

Check out the newest NASA space suit design

May 1, 2014 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear which space suit design the public chose for the future trips to Mars. About a month ago, NASA announced they would hold a content to select what the suits would look like.  Let’s take a moment to review the suit, itself. It’s called the Z-2 and is the successor to the Z-1 suit....

Will “wearables” be the next big thing?

May 1, 2014 8:22 am | by Bradd Johnson, Torex USA | Blogs | Comments

To reduce the size of their end product, engineers require smaller and more integrated components. Height becomes an issue, and many engineers request components no greater than 1mm in height. Thus component manufacturers must be sensitive to X, Y, and Z dimensions when they combine several functions into a single component....

Russian official: The US should use trampolines to get to space

April 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back when Russia first began “acquiring” Ukraine, NASA immediately cut all ties with the Slavic republic, except for efforts related to the International Space Station (the US relies on Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS). And now, after a fresh round of US sanctions, a Russian defense official has a helpful suggestion — the US should use trampolines to get into space....

Engineers feel underpaid & overworked

April 29, 2014 10:17 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s Law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the fruits of technological splendor, engineers are required to keep pace with the changing landscape....

The fall of capitalism and the Internet of Things

April 29, 2014 8:26 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

We are just beginning to glimpse the bare outlines of an emerging new economic system, the collaborative commons. This is the first new economic paradigm to emerge on the world scene since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century....

7 hilariously ingenious engineering pranks

April 28, 2014 1:21 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to eye-opening pranks, hacks, and stunts, no one can equal a team of determined engineering students. If you’re looking for inspiration – speaking strictly hypothetically, of course – or want to sit back and marvel at what your fellow engineers can accomplish, here seven of the most widely admired engineering pranks of the last seventy years....

How trustworthy is the data you’re using?

April 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

When I began my mechanical engineering career in the materials handling industry 30 years ago, go-to resources primarily included engineering books and handbooks on the bookshelf in your office. Experienced engineers were adept at knowing which resources had answers....

SOIC to DIP adapters offer competitive pricing and lead-free options

April 24, 2014 4:23 pm | Advanced Interconnections Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Interconnections Corp. (West Warwick, RI) recently reduced pricing on the 4414 Series SOIC to DIP Adapters. Whether you're battling device obsolescence or need a pluggable device for easy in-field replacement, SOIC to DIP Adapters from Advanced Interconnections now fit your board and your budget....

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