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Does California drone ban violate the 1st Amendment?

October 6, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

California took the first step toward substantially regulating the drones when it passed a bill banning their use by paparazzi. And I think many of us would applaud the decision – the bill prevents UAVs from capturing images of people without their consent....

How field application engineers are changing the engineering world

October 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Field application engineers, also known as FAEs or Sales engineers are a hybrid of exactly what the title implies: Sales and Engineering. These folks are unique because they’re essentially in the position of selling a product but they can also offer....

UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

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My internship experience with ECN Magazine

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and a priceless learning experience. My time as the brand new editorial intern for ECN magazine was definitely unforgettable. At first, I was a little bit nervous, hoping that I was the right guy for the job. I wasn’t....

Are engineers too smart for their own good?

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I can have an ongoing dialogue with multiple design engineers every day. Sure, sometimes the conversations are a bit feisty as things heat up in the pddnet.com comments section (where cooler heads rarely prevail)....

How three teenage girls are solving world hunger

September 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The key to beefing up the country (and world) supply of engineer and technology superstars is giving them the opportunity to do great things, even if they can’t legally drive yet. The Google Science Fair is a competition for students between the ages of 13 and 18 with prizes ranging...

China developing subsonic stealth bomber

September 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to early reports, China is developing a new stealth bomber to counter American influence in the Far East and firm up its own leadership and force-projection ability. We’ve previously discussed America’s plans to replace the illustrious SR-71 Blackbird ...

This is what an iPhone 6 Plus in liquid nitrogen looks like

September 23, 2014 9:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is that it doesn’t actually look as bad as you might think. For all of the advantages of an iPhone, one drawback is they generally have to be handled fairly daintily. Apparently, that’s not how RatedRR thinks it should be. He’s made....

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ECN Time Warp: November 2004

September 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Keysight Technologies, Texas Instruments, Digi International, Kontron | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years.This week’s cover goes back to November 2004. During that month, Senator John Kerry would concede ...

Should we retire the A-10 Warthog?

September 17, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is "no," we shouldn’t. But the ongoing efforts to scuttle the A-10 in favor of the F-35 expose a sick culture in Washington that’s divorced from fiscal and military realities. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will form, to quote Lt. General ...

A new sensor development could aid those suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:23 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a constant....

This V2V technology could change driving forever

September 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The average American has a 25.4 minute commute to work. That doesn’t seem too bad until you consider that the average commuter spends 38 hours a year sitting in traffic. That’s a lot of bumper-to-bumper time. Recently, I had someone ask me what my hobbies were and I said, “Sitting in traffic and putting gas in my car.”

ECN Time Warp: December 2002

September 15, 2014 8:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to December 2002. That month, a federal judge ordered Microsoft ...

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Why I’m not buying the Apple Watch (my beef with redundant functionality)

September 12, 2014 3:37 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Apple Watch is redundant functionality, kitschy, overpriced, and everyone will buy it. Seriously, I could marshal a wealth of facts and present a detailed analysis (and I will) of the watch’s functionality, but a broad swath of consumers ...

Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

Technological changes in the next five years

September 11, 2014 8:51 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

For the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Austin, TX at the peak of southern summer heat for the engineering geek fest that is National Instruments’ (NI) global conference on graphical system design, or NIWeek. More than 3,200 ...

Google Glass could detect, diagnose emotion

September 8, 2014 3:40 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Well, there you go. Google Glass is more than just an ostentatious gadget for filming things, augmented reality, and generally freaking everyone out within a 50-yard radius. Actually, medical applications like BioGlass could finally move this $1,500 widget....

ECN Time Warp: May 1999

September 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to May 1999. That month, a major change in the way we communicate was born with the announcement of Bluetooth 1.0....

Could the new iPhone kill credit cards for good?

September 8, 2014 8:10 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Experts are predicting that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will include an internal NFC chip that will make the device scannable at checkout counters everywhere. The idea of no longer fishing through your wallet or sorting through ...  

Radar systems of the future

September 5, 2014 1:19 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The United States Navy is generally regarded as invulnerable to defeat at sea thanks to its formidable fleet and electronic warfare capabilities. Still, one enemy tactic that can potentially make some high-value targets such as aircraft carriers vulnerable is a barrage of incoming missiles....

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

Why "killer robots" are nothing to worry about

September 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems like every new development in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems dredges up the same tired (and slightly paranoid) fears of “killer robots” run amok — the product of a steady diet of dystopian literature and Hollywood blockbusters starring a certain Austrian bodybuilder....

Infographic: Where are all the women in STEM?

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

ECN Time Warp: March 1997

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old ECN Magazine covers have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to March 1997. Around the time this issue went to the printer, we learned that ...

Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

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