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Giant spider robots could change space forever

April 13, 2015 12:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of these nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister.

Why learning to tinker is the key to engineering success

April 13, 2015 9:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jasen Massey. He has a B.S in Physics from Illinois State University and is working on an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His main area of focus is fluids/heat transfer and robotics.

Why I’ll never get in a self-driving car

April 13, 2015 8:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Those prone to car sickness usually prefer to drive. That’s because getting behind the wheel lessens the symptoms you feel as a passenger. But what happens when everyone’s a passenger? What happens to the occupants of self-driving cars?

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What type of smart energy technology will make the biggest impact in the future?

April 10, 2015 1:41 pm | Articles | Comments

Efficient and reliable power conversion technologies will make the biggest impact on future Smart Energies. Power Converters will be utilized in many different places, including balancing, linking, and electric vehicles, and so efficient power converters will have a broad impact on the overall efficient ...

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....

The cost of increased access

April 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Brian Long, field application engineer, TE Connectivity Ltd. | Articles | Comments

In today’s society, across the entire globe, consumers and businesses alike are demanding increased access to the connected world. This demand is all but independent of where people are or what they are doing. This insatiable demand requires newer and smaller devices with ...

This is why arming domestic drones is a very bad idea

April 9, 2015 12:56 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

UAVs represent a potential goldmine, with commercial and scientific functions and a treasure trove of DIY applications on the docket. But for every hobbyist tinkering in their lab, there’s a police force planning surveillance activities and untold privacy concerns....

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....

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Japan’s first indigenous stealth fighter could take flight this summer

April 8, 2015 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has been overly protective of the F-22 Raptor — and rightfully so. The air-superiority weapon is our ace in the hole against 5th-gen fighters like China’s Chengdu J-20 & Shenyang J-31 and Russia’s PAK-FA, and to that end, we’ve banned the F-22 from export....

Tesla boosts range, power, and price of low-end Model S

April 8, 2015 9:48 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model. But the added features at the low end of the Model S lineup will come ...

Components of risk: Counterfeit electronic parts

April 8, 2015 8:06 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry benefits from innovative leaps and incremental developments from an impressive number of engineering disciplines. No matter if a technological problem centers on process, device, or circuit design; thermal or mechanical engineering ...

Should we train vets for renewable energy jobs?

April 7, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Barack Obama has made renewable energy a keystone of his presidency, and part of his efforts include training an estimated 75,000 workers for the renewable energy industry by 2020. Last week, Obama announced a "Solar Ready Vets" program....

And the winner of the Raspberry Pi 2 is...

April 7, 2015 10:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The characteristic that I love the most about the Raspberry Pi 2 was actually the one that made this competition so difficult to judge. The fact that people of ages and experience can use the board for so many different applications and  purposes is inspiring, but also a little daunting for judging.

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Hermetically sealed SMD tantalum capacitors for harsh environment applications

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Jan Petrzilek, Ph.D., AVX Czech Republic | Articles | Comments

Components designed for use in harsh environment applications must exhibit three primary features: mechanical robustness capable of surviving shocks and vibrations, hermetic sealing capable of protecting against chemical exposure and long-term reliability....

Smart cities: How M2M will affect major urban areas

April 6, 2015 3:29 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Articles | Comments

By 2050, the United Nations projects 67 percent of the global population will live in cities. The rapid urban growth will require cities to become more sustainable, safer, and even interactive. In many places, the only way to handle this population influx ...

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.

Engineering Newswire: Robot takes a pounding in dodgeball barrage

April 2, 2015 12:07 pm | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

The bipedal ATRIAS robot can hand the assault like a pro without stopping or falling over. Developed at Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory, the ATRIAS design is based around two pogo-stick like legs that provide the robot ...

Showcasing an electric motorcycle at the world's most dangerous race

April 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Polina Brodsky,Technical Coordinator, Buckeye Current Racing: Electric motorcycle at Ohio State. She was part of the team that has showcased electric motorcycles at the Isle of Man racing competition....

Keeping engineers better informed: Setting ECN apart from the competition

April 2, 2015 10:59 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, Design Group, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process....

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....

Marine Corps’ robotic war balls could aid amphibious landings

April 1, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Since 1775, the United States Marines Corps has been the foremost authority on amphibious warfare, and they’ve perfected the art of establishing beachheads on hostile shores. An amphibious drone from Guardbot Inc. could aid these complex military maneuvers....

This drone can do your taxes for you

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Tax preparation might seem like an odd task for a 5,000 lb soulless automaton, but then, the Taxbot is a joint venture of the IRS....

How IoT will affect telecom

April 1, 2015 8:29 am | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

So many open questions swirl around the notion of an Internet of Things (IoT) that electronic designers and their colleagues may wonder where and how to find traction in this emerging field. In this blog, I’ll identify one fundamental, technical certainty amid myriad uncertainties, and suggest a few issues ripe for your involvement.

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