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Preventative human maintenance will tell you right & wrong

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the prospect of textiles as hardware unnerving. Some of this is due to a shopping aversion, but a large part of it is that, even as a self-confessed statistical junkie ...

Google officially launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program...

Researchers develop acoustically driven controls for smartphones

April 20, 2015 12:11 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as...

Engineering Newswire: NASA prepares to crash into Mercury

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will...

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Engineering Update #106: An electric vehicle designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

Aluminium-ion battery can charge a smartphone in one minute

April 14, 2015 12:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat around waiting for your cell phone to charge? For me, it's a painful wait. If I'm really in a rush, I'll even turn my phone on airplane mode, because according to I-don't-know-who, it charges faster that way. If you've ever sat waiting for some juice ...

Engineering Newswire: TRON lightcycle breaks out of the system

April 10, 2015 9:17 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

RM Sotheby’s, a collector car auction house, will be auctioning off a real-life TRON lightcycle that is being touted as a work of mobile art. The custom electric vehicle was built for RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection, which features a lineup of 75 cars....

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Engineering Update #105: Driverless vehicle makes a cross-country trek

April 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve proven themselves capable on shorter trips,  but Delphi has undertaken a whole other challenge. An across-the-country road trip....

The demands of mobile devices

April 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Rick Wietfeldt, Chairman of the MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group and Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm | Articles | Comments

Our smartphones have become indispensable and the value we attach to these devices will continue to grow along with steadily advancing device capabilities. New designs coming to market showcase increasingly sophisticated components: ever-faster 4G/LTE ...

Embedded Vision Summit

April 6, 2015 1:11 pm | Events

The fifth annual Embedded Vision Summit will be held May 12, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This technical, educational forum is designed for product creators, innovators and business leaders interested in incorporating computer vision into their applications, including medical imaging ...

Watch this chainsaw-powered machine gun destroy its target

April 6, 2015 11:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Joerg Sprave is the mad genius of do-it-yourself slingshots. The German businessman spends his free time designing absurd, slightly impractical weapons like the machete slingshot and the granddaddy of all absurdities, a chainsaw launcher. His latest ...

Amazon's newest service will change your life (Maybe.)

April 6, 2015 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Restocking your pantry might soon be as easy as pressing a button. Seriously, push the button and presto, chango, your favorite toilet paper arrives in the mail. Amazon's newest release is the Amazon Dash button.

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This inappropriate card game will fund STEM scholarships for women (and why that's amazing)

April 2, 2015 7:53 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It seems like everyone is trying to figure out how to get kids in STEM and how to keep them there. There is a particular interest in increasing the number of women in STEM professions...

Engineering Update #104: Amazon drones leaving America

April 1, 2015 4:09 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

With the ink still drying on the FAAs newest drone regulations, which include requiring the pilots to be licensed and the drones to always be in line sight of the pilot and a spotter, Amazon has taken off for the Great White North. And they’re taking their drones with them....

PZT materials ideal for consumer and high volume electronics

April 1, 2015 2:39 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan) announces the availability of PZT (lead zirconate titanate) components, and assemblies at its Bedford, Ohio facility. Also offered are advanced PZT dicing, cutting, and grinding capabilities. The materials are ideal for use in consumer and high volume electronics....

20 V n-channel MOSFET features industry's lowest on-resistance

April 1, 2015 11:52 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today introduced a new TrenchFET 20 V n-channel MOSFET designed to save space, decrease power consumption, and extend battery usage in wearable devices, smartphones, tablets, and solid-state drives. Offered in a chipscale MICRO FOOT package with an ultra-low 0.54 mm maximum height ...

Your IoT device: How much data should it collect?

March 31, 2015 12:37 pm | by Noah Gamer, Trend Micro | Blogs | Comments

As smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proliferated, data collection has skyrocketed. In fact, sensor technology on smart devices collects 30 percent of the world’s data. Much of that data helps product manufacturers understand their customers, improve ...

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North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is a small victory. The ‘notel’ — a North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' — is a relatively modest, Chinese-made portable media player ...

Photos of the Day: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 27, 2015 8:23 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market,” aka the world's first commercial flamethrower. The XM42 doesn’t require pressurized tanks or a backpack filled with fuel....

Engineering Update #103: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Now here’s a weapon I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen more at the local multiplex than in someone’s backyard. Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market.”

Our soon-to-be-relevant and indispensable wearable companions

March 25, 2015 8:59 am | by Bruno Ayme, Consumer Business Development, Freescale Microcontrollers | Blogs | Comments

Beyond having the opportunity to see the next generation of wearable tech first hand, spending last week at the Wearables TechCon strongly reaffirmed the palpable excitement around wearable applications. This market promises extraordinary things, from preventing illness ...

HotSpot: A new app that animates your life

March 23, 2015 4:19 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Plotagon is a new app that allows users to animate their lives. You can choose from a variety of scenes and characters to create your very own cartoon series. You also have the option to customize a character to look like you! You can use animated videos for presentations ...

Three key markets for smart surfaces

March 20, 2015 12:36 pm | by NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

NanoMarkets believes an emerging opportunity for advanced materials, sensors firms and others is presented by so-called smart surfaces. Smart surfaces are most broadly defined as any material surfaces that re-arrange their morphology or composition ...

Enhanced LED lamps feature nearly double the intensity

March 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by DELO Industrial Adhesives | Product Releases | Comments

DELO has nearly doubled the intensity of its 400 nm LED area lamps. The DELOLUX 20 and DELOLUX 202 can now reach an intensity up to 600 mW/cm². With the increased intensity, the 400 nm area lamps allow for much faster curing of many different adhesives. The higher intensity also allows for easier bonding ...

Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof laptop bag could save your life

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

If you need to stop speeding projectiles but bulletproof vests are just too bulky, maybe a bulletproof laptop bag is the next best thing. The MTS Multi-Threat Shield by Force Training Institute should have you covered, literally. It’s a three-foot ballistic shield ...

Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

How ethernet will save the connected car

March 18, 2015 10:59 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Mobility is a given in today’s hyper-connected world. This is especially true in cars where, at least in the U.S. – the second largest automobile market...

What's your best idea for Sci-Fi inspired technology?

March 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Blogs | Comments

What’s your favorite science fiction movie? Maybe it’s a classic, like Star Wars: Episode IV, or a more modern film like Interstellar.

Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM? (On Demand)

March 18, 2015 8:11 am | Videos | Comments

In our latest Engineering Live discussion focused on How Do We Get Kids into STEM?, we discussed how to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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