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Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

Navy’s new missile features autonomous targeting

October 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) doesn’t have the sexiest name, but it more than makes up for it with its range, maneuverability, and automated targeting capabilities — the NSM can autonomously target specific sections of a ship based on its silhouette....

Recouping energy for electric vehicles

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the TU München have developed a light-weight ...

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This is what the dumbest umbrella design looks like

October 15, 2014 8:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Umbrellas are one of those things you probably wouldn’t think would ever pop up on a technology/engineering website, but this one is so dumb, it must be written about. Umbrellas are a fairly simply, cost-effective ($10 at any NYC bodega) method....

Engineering Update 80: China’s hypersonic glide vehicle could evade US missile defense

October 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Pentagon recently announced that China has successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle which can evade US missile defense systems and deliver nuclear warheads before we have time to react. The missile delivery system, codenamed the WU-14 ...

The Microsoft CEO just offered women the worst career advice possible

October 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never cared for Microsoft. I think their products are pretty terrible and non-intuitive. (Yes, I recognize that I’m writing this in Microsoft Word, but I do so under protest.) I appreciate, from a business standpoint, the success....

Easy as Pi: How Raspberry Pi B+ enables home automation

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The launch of the Raspberry Pi B+ board earlier this year marked another milestone for at-home computing and coding. Because the board more easily enables Internet of Things solutions, it was an easy choice for inclusion in the supplies given to the element14 Community engineers taking part in the “Forget Me Not” challenge.

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an altogether different Predator enjoys aerial superiority. A hobbyist discovered that first-hand when his quadcopter came under attack by a hawk....

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Engineering Newswire: The Navy's autonomous "swarming" boats

October 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Office of Naval Research has announced a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle to not only protect Navy ships, but also autonomously “swarm” hostile vessels. According to demonstrations, as many as 13 Navy boats ...

Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone, and it’s not there ... almost like a piece of you is missing? Well, a San Francisco-based company called Aericam wants to produce this same feeling — only with mini quadcopter drones....

DARPA’s tank of the future won’t need armor

October 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The tanks of the future will reinvent (and simultaneously minimize) the very concept of “armor”. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program will swap armor for technology and brute strength for maneuverability. Forget the slow, lumbering behemoths....

Choosing the right processor for multimedia, display, and IoT applications

October 8, 2014 1:45 pm | by Amanda McGregor, Freescale Product Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

Consumers use a wide range of devices on a daily basis. This familiarity has led to high user expectations surrounding devices and a high bar for engineers. Even traditional embedded designs are undergoing transformation with new connectivity....

Ensuring safe and secure UAV systems

October 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jay Thomas, Field Application Engineer, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

Sightseers on the Space Needle in Seattle were recently greeted by the sight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, which circled the monument before returning to the hotel balcony from which it was launched. Without question, drones have entered....

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The challenges of smart innovation

October 8, 2014 10:30 am | by Artem Aginskiy, business development manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Industrial technology is necessary to drive smart innovations that improve the interaction between humans and technology through smart, dynamic processing to static mediums. Unfortunately, these smart innovations come with a number of challenges....

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last week's Paris Motor Show to prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated ...

A world full of sensors: a good idea?

October 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Harmke De Groot, program director at Holst Centre/imec | Articles | Comments

Most of us can’t imagine a life without computer, smartphone or tablet. The next thing? Devices talking with each other and making our lives more comfortable. In this article, find out how sensors may change our life and what researchers are working ...

What to expect when you’re expecting ... prototypes

October 7, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Articles | Comments

In a previous article, some key points were identified to help companies identify a suitable design services partner. This article will offer suggestions about how to maximize the experience you have once you’ve selected a partner and move forward....

What does a safe, reliable supply chain look like?

October 7, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jeffrey Simon, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of America Semiconductor LLC | Articles | Comments

Throughout the industry, we hear distribution managers, procurement professionals, organization leaders, government/defense experts, senators, congressman, and others preach the importance of a reliable, secure supply chain. It has almost become trendy....

Taking power with you

October 6, 2014 10:39 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

If one allows for it (or is simply lucky), travel can be a great opportunity for serendipitous discovery — a bit of chance and unexpected joy in our otherwise highly scheduled and programmed world. For example, during a recent business trip, I stayed over ....

Breakthrough antenna technology enabling high-order MIMO for LTE

October 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Bob Giometti, SkyCross | Articles | Comments

With consumers demanding faster, more reliable connections to support exciting, real-time capabilities like video streaming, the LTE industry is under increasing pressure to deliver higher-speed service offerings, enhanced data rates, and improved network range....

IoT soup: Four ingredients for a successful smart product

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Articles | Comments

One of the most intriguing reality television shows today is Chopped on the Food Network. Chopped features four chefs who are challenged to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that demonstrates their creativity....

Counterfeit electronic components in weapons systems cost lives

October 6, 2014 9:05 am | by Joe Bilotta, CEO and Co-Founder, Component Search International | Blogs | Comments

According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), all segments of the commercial, industrial and defense supply chains have been impacted by counterfeit electronic components....

Engineering Newswire: Lockheed Martin wreaks havoc in extreme off-road testing

October 3, 2014 11:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

After ten days of testing, Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8x8 Armored Modular Vehicle has successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s Butte Mountain Trail course. A mile long course, and one of the most intense off-road test tracks in the world ...

Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect people

October 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology | News | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world to connect....

Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Articles | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

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