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Photos of the Day: Goldie Blox, Debbie Sterling, and girls in engineering

February 10, 2014 9:54 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Debbie Sterling, an engineering graduate from Stanford, designed the Goldie Blox toy line to introduce young girls to engineering. Originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, the Goldie Blox have become a cultural sensation and could play a role in changing our industry.

Serial adapter designed for Android devices

February 7, 2014 1:08 pm | by ECN Staff | ACCES I/O Products Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products (San Diego, CA) announces the release of a new USB serial interface board—the ANDROID-232. Users can now control legacy RS-232 devices directly from modern Android devices. The ANDROID-232 uses the Android Open Accessory protocol....

5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

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Engineering is for boys. Pink is for girls.

February 7, 2014 8:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve talked about GoldieBlox a few times on the site before both about what a cool toy it is and then again when the company released a video of all the cool things you could do with the kit. I recently stumbled across a Tedx done by the CEO and Creator of GoldieBlox, Debbie Sterling. Sterling, who has engineering degree from Stanford...

Engineering Update #44: Robots learn to taste beer

February 6, 2014 1:23 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Components Corporation: beer-drinking robots, Dr. Mario, and an automotive vending machine. The world of technology hasn't perfected artificial intelligence — thank god — but when it does, a new discovery will ensure....

Photos of the Day: The bottom rung: Top flops of CES 2014

February 6, 2014 9:03 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Being such a massive show, CES 2014 had a lot to offer. But there are two sides to every coin, and many of you watched our Top Ten from CES 2014 to see what was impressive. What brings us here today are the few that scraped the bottom of the barrel.

Photos of the Day: The "True Love Tester" smart bra

February 5, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The “True Love Tester” bra from Japanese lingerie company, Ravijoir, tracks changes in the wearer's heart rate, and when the user detects true love, it magically unclasps. The smart bra differentiates between true love and normal increases in heart rate via the adrenal gland....

How true love opened the smart bra

February 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When Microsoft reported plans for a smart bra equipped with sensors to help keep track of your health and mood, I scoffed at the idea. The concept of smart bras seemed a passing gimmick, and the comments from other critics on my previous blog on the topic seemed to agree.

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IC features 400 outputs that are rated for +/-15V

February 4, 2014 9:41 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (ICD) (Milpitas, CA) announced the availability of the IXEP1400 electronic paper display (EPD) gate driver. The IXEP1400 features 400 outputs that are rated for +/-15V. Data entered via the shift register input controls the pixels of the display.

New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

January 31, 2014 4:23 pm | News | Comments

Football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions, according to a new study by some of the nation's leading concussion researchers published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The study analyzed head impact data compiled from eight collegiate football teams....

Miniature thermoelectric modules designed for temperature stabilization applications

January 31, 2014 3:26 pm | Laird Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Laird has announced a new series of miniature thermoelectric modules (TEMs) built using Laird Tlam thermally conductive circuit boards instead of traditional ceramic-based circuit boards. The Tlam OptoTEC series is designed for applications where temperature stabilization of sensitive optical components...

Google makes strides toward true artificial intelligence

January 29, 2014 11:32 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We all ask: Is the whole business of artificial intelligence indubitably creepy or sensationally cool? Google recently endorsed the “sensationally cool” side when they purchased a London startup called DeepMind, a company that strives to produce the best in artificial intelligence.

Photos of the Day: Google hopes designer frames will sharpen Glass

January 29, 2014 8:48 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass is getting glasses. The computerized, Internet-connected goggles don't actually come with lenses in its frame. Starting Tuesday, Google is offering an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.

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These heads-up display snow goggles could save your life (or kill you)

January 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I don’t ski or snowboard. I prefer to stay inside where it’s warm and there’s not a potential for frostbite or avalanches. So as someone who values general safety, I can approve of technology that gives people more control in their environment. Oakley, a sports equipment company, has introduced the new version 1.5 of its Airwave snow goggles....

UH researchers create new flexible, transparent conductor

January 28, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Houston researchers have developed a new stretchable and transparent electrical conductor, bringing the potential for a fully foldable cell phone or a flat-screen television that can be folded and carried under your arm closer to reality. Zhifeng Ren, a physicist at the University of Houston and principal investigator at the Texas Center for Superconductivity...

The Simpsons skewers Google Glass

January 27, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

You know you’ve hit the big time when the Simpsons — the longest-running sitcom in American history — crack wise at your expense. Their latest target: Google Glass, *ahem*, “Oogle Goggles”. And the satire — of Google Glass, augmented reality, and the ironic disconnection from reality that being connected 24-7 brings — is spot-on.

Death of the author or digital rebirth of reading?

January 27, 2014 1:13 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

How do we get kids of the digital age to read and write? As the proud holder of a degree in English, wide-eyed in my freshly graduated optimism, the thing that most irks me about this rapidly changing world is the fact that no one seems to want to read anymore.

Anti-shark devices popular on Maui after attacks

January 27, 2014 11:04 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaii island. But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse.

Photos of the Day: Toddlers love selfies: Parenting in an iPhone age

January 25, 2014 9:03 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often, Brandi Koskie finds dozens of photos of her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, on her iPhone - but they aren't ones Koskie has taken. "There'll be 90 pictures, sideways, of the corner of her eye, her eyebrow," said Koskie, who lives in Wichita, Kan. "She's just tapping her way right into my phone."

Robotic gas pumps mean more pleasant winters

January 24, 2014 3:54 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

For myself, and other residents of New Jersey, this isn’t really a big deal. I briefly flirted with the power of filling up my own tank (I actually thought it was kind of fun!) during my college years in upstate New York. However, New Yorkers are quick to remind us folks across the border of the luxury that is a full-service gas station. Well, here’s some good news for them and residents of the other 48 states that allow self-service....

Grounding springs provide frame grounding between the pc board and chassis of mobile devices

January 24, 2014 1:33 pm | Fujitsu Components | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Components America released a new series of grounding springs featuring a patented, robust structure and a wide working range for use in emerging mobile devices. Measuring just 1.4 mm wide x 3.7 mm long, the FCN-118X grounding spring series is designed to provide frame grounding between the pc board and chassis of smart phones....

This smartwatch predicts your death

January 24, 2014 1:15 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

That doesn’t sound morbid at all. At least it saves me the trouble of driving all the way to a psychic, right? The weird thing is that a lot of people can say these things without an ounce of sarcasm. The Tikker death-countdown watch hits the market this April, and thousands of people have already pre-ordered. People spending money on unnecessary tech items doesn’t surprise me anymore, but I think Tikker crosses a line.

Mixed views on Samsung after stellar 2013

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Samsung Electronics and its 270,000 employees across the globe, 2013 was the best year. One in every three smartphones sold carried the Samsung brand, with the company shipping more than 300 million of the devices. South Korea's best known company on the world stage rounded off the year with record annual revenue and profit.

The same headsets that give you mental powers can help you achieve inner peace

January 24, 2014 8:33 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Sitting on your butt is actually good for you. Technology is proving that there are more benefits to sitting still than you might believe — lucky for us couch potatoes and computer addicts. Electroencephalography, or EEG for short, is all about testing the power of your gray matter.

Engineering Update #42: The GoPro-carrying Pocket Drone

January 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's edition of Engineering Update: The GoPro-carrying Pocket Drone: The Pocket Drone is a miniature, foldable tricopter designed to carry a GoPro camera. SeeThru smart glasses: The newest in smart glasses is called SeeThru, from French company, Laster Technologies.

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