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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....

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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.

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.

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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....

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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.

How IoT will affect telecom (Part II)

March 31, 2015 3:31 pm | 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

One key to the scalability of the existing Internet is pushing intelligence out to the host at the fringes of the network. With IoT, in my view, Moore’s Law has struck again.

Your IoT device: How much data should it collect?

March 31, 2015 12:37 pm | by Noah Gamer, Trend Micro | Blogs | Comments

As smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proliferated, data collection has skyrocketed. In fact, sensor technology on smart devices collects 30 percent of the world’s data. Much of that data helps product manufacturers understand their customers, improve ...

10 lies engineers tell themselves about patents

March 31, 2015 11:21 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In early January, I was in Las Vegas at CES with around 170,000 of my closest friends.  While there, the Q&A portion of a panel discussion of several industry CEOs shocked me and led me to write this column. An audience member asked the panel moderator how patent rights were dealt with....

Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

Basics on Triac noise immunity and new low-cost solution to improve device dV/dt

March 30, 2015 10:26 am | by Muriel Nina and Laurent Gonthier, STMicroelectronics | Articles | Comments

Since the 1970’s, Triacs have been used to control AC loads in almost all appliances. Since then, designers have had to face to the particular behavior of a Triac that can be self-triggered in case the rate of voltage increase applied across its terminals is too high....

North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is a small victory. The ‘notel’ — a North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' — is a relatively modest, Chinese-made portable media player ...

How a kid's robotics competition changed this engineer's future

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Brian Scharles Jr, Computer Engineer Intern at Traffic and Parking Control Co., and Computer Engineering student at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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