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Staying safe in the air with advanced avionics technologies

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Chad Marak, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Statistics from the past 50 years reveal that commercial air travel has become one of the safest, most reliable forms of transportation. As the safety of commercial flight continues to increase, the demand for advanced commercial avionics technologies ...

Infographic: The drone revolution

November 11, 2014 8:39 am | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

Who are these drones about to revolutionize our lives? In order to help you to see more clearly about this new technology, Dronestagram has collected sufficient information to offer key market data. Who is the Drone Hobbyist today? Which devices ...

Wearable device punishes you for slouching

November 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

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Kasey's Korner: A new treatment for bone fractures

November 10, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials have come up with a solution that uses anchors made from biodegradable materials via a powder injection molding process. The advantages to using this process means that the researchers can adjust the density and porosity of the anchors, which is imperative to their structural integrity.

The biggest challenge for electric vehicles

November 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Manfred Brandl, ams AG Product manager, Battery management ICs | Articles | Comments

The battery: As long as energy storage capacity (drive range) is limited and costs are high, EV’s will remain a niche market for urban use by a small group of people, also because of the slowly-adapting charging infrastructure. Another challenge ...

Watch a drone take off from another drone

November 10, 2014 8:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to think you can never have enough drones. So, in the spirit of our drone obsession, I would like to present you with a drone taking off from another drone. It's very meta. I like to think if Isaac Newton was still around, he would ...

The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

Engineering Update #84: A solar and wind-powered car

November 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

G-code is just a concept car created from a vehicle study, but it’s still got some great ideas. The design is pretty futuristic, with a display on the grill that changes depending on if the car is parked or driving in sports, eco or drive mode. It also has ...

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Engineering Newswire: Engineers drop bombs for safety

November 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Life Extension Program is an initiative by the National Nuclear Security Administration to inspect and update the nation’s inventory of warheads. Earlier this summer Sandia Labs had two successful tests that provided data for the program....

Engineering Update Episode #84 Bloopers

November 6, 2014 10:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor Kasey Panetta, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg ...

The true cost of outsourcing

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by David Holmes, Raytheon, Systems Verification Center Test Systems Dept Technical Staff | Articles | Comments

Many electronics and defense companies are investigating the possibility of reducing costs by outsourcing work that is not part of their core business.Assembly of automated test equipment (ATE) often falls in this category.Companies sometimes assume....

STEM Student of the Week: Carter Yagemann

November 6, 2014 9:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Carter Yagemann, a cybersecurity researcher at Syracuse University (Editor's note: Orange represent!) under the supervision of Professor Kevin Du. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM intiative....

Solar power is rising

November 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Many perspectives on solar generation undervalue or devalue the technology because utilities can’t depend on it to provide steady, predictable amounts of power as they can on traditional fossil-fueled or (dare I mention) nuclear-powered generators....

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5 top engineering fields for recent grads

November 5, 2014 12:16 pm | by Matt Pierson | Blogs | Comments

As the world economy transitions into the 21st century, many industries are contracting as entire occupations begin to disappear thanks to technological improvements. Engineering, however, is not one of these occupations. Although consisting of a widely diverse field of careers, engineering not only seems immune from bleak forecasts for the rest of the economy, but looks more promising than ever for recent college graduates.

Robotic snake-arm slithers into extreme environments

November 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag | Articles | Comments

Robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. As if it’s in a science fiction film ...

Infrared technology for touchscreens

November 5, 2014 8:44 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

Top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT Awards

November 4, 2014 10:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We’d like to present the top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT awards, held at the Mirage Las Vegas during EDS 2015. At the ECN IMPACT Awards, all companies, from well-established multinational conglomerates to small firms, are on a level playing field....

What’s the biggest challenge for electric vehicles?

November 4, 2014 10:18 am | Articles | Comments

There are still several key challenges for electric vehicles (EVs): overall cost, shorter driving distances, longer charging times, and an infrastructure that still needs building out with ubiquitous charging stations. Our perspective is that Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) ...

Why this engineering program is years ahead of the rest

November 4, 2014 8:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the subject of women in engineering comes up, it's often a discussion about the negatives like the pay disparity or the total lack of women in certain programs. But today's story is a little bit more hopeful. Binghamton University made a big announcement....

Why you should enter the ECN IMPACT Awards

November 3, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Last year’s ECN IMPACT Awards were a grand old time. And this year’s show figures to be even better. Companies can go to ecnawards.com and submit their entries from now through January 15th. Eligible products and innovations include ...

Army "smartsuit" would augment strength and reduce injuries

November 3, 2014 8:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

Why solar power is the future

November 3, 2014 7:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

Engineering Live: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections (On Demand)

October 31, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

New research from Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years ...

Photos of the Day: 29 terrifying creatures that will give you nightmares

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by Juste Semetaite, Community & Content Manager at CGTrader.com | News | Comments

Some clinicians believe that having nightmares is a sort of therapy, a way to deal with traumatic events and stress. But if you were blessed with a reasonably sweet night's sleep, we suggest you don't scroll down, because these out-of-hell creatures ...

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