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Finally, a wearable that works

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Being a crossfit junkie, I regularly plan my meals a week at a time, check labels for complicated, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and track my workouts in a journal. I’ve tried several fitness monitoring apps available on my phone, but have been left ...

The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation...

Report: The F-35 and competitors are "equally capable"

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You may have heard that the F-35 is unpopular. To say the least. It’s also chronically over-...

Here's how engineers feel about conflict materials

December 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Conflict materials are a big deal in the electronic components world. Not only has there been a...

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Engineering Update #90: The Army's drone airport

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

How a film major became an electrical engineer

December 12, 2014 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Nick Danyluk, a senior electrical engineering student at Syracuse University focused on electronics and robotics with a specific focus on design and prototyping. Nick began school with a focus in television radio and film before moving on to a more technology-focused major.

Bring on the STEM students

December 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

One of the best parts about being the Editor of ECN, besides the fancy title and adoring(ish) fans, is that it offers a platform to speak about issues that are near and dear to my heart and important to the industry. For the past year, the ECN team ...

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Engineering Update #89: The newest solar power plant

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

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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.

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 ...

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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 ...

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” ...

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 ...

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