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The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

Up in flames: Evidence confirms combustion theory

July 1, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and the University of Hawaii have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas-phase molecules into solid particles like soot and other carbon-based compounds....

Finland to lead the way in developing the storage of solar and wind energy

July 1, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has joined forces with Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku in the launch of an extensive development project for a brand new energy system and its associated business sector in Finland....

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Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

Infographic: Tech conferences around the world Summer/Fall 2014

July 1, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Check out this infographic for tech conferences happening across the industry (and around the world) for Summer and Fall 2014. Includes several recent conferences along with shows happening as early as October and as late as December....

The Internet of Things takes over Illinois

June 30, 2014 4:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Sensors Expo & Conference is one of the largest events to pull in sensor pros from across North America. This year, the event was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois, where everyone was talking about everything from the ever-elusive internet of things ...

Engineering Update #64: Japan's stealth fighter

June 26, 2014 11:19 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Once Japan realized the United States wasn't going to sell any of its F-22 raptor steal air superiority fighters, the Japanese government began funding their own project. The idea was to create an aircraft whose purpose would be two fold. The plane would serve as a showcase for Japan's latest military technologies....

12 of the highest paid engineers on the planet

June 25, 2014 8:53 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...

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Pilot study for SEPTA indicates annual energy savings exceeding $250K

June 25, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

ABB has released the results of a six-month pilot program of an innovative public transit energy storage system (ESS) designed to transform the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) from an inefficient energy consumer into both a smart consumer and producer of energy....

HotSpot: IMS2014 Top Ten

June 25, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

At this year’s IMS2014 event in Tampa Bay, FL, Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show. First up is Signal Hound. Signal Hound was this year’s ECN Impact Award winner in the test and measurement category....

Smart Systems Integration Conference

June 24, 2014 4:59 pm | Events

Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has announced that the Smart Systems Integration Conference and Exhibition will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 – 12 March 2015. It is the international communication platform for research institutes and manufacturers to exchange know-how on smart systems integration and to create a basis for successful research cooperations.

Engineering Live: Emerging Test & Measurement Tech in Wireless Communications

June 24, 2014 10:14 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Developing next-generation wireless communications technologies and specifications requires advanced test and measurement instrumentation that is not only capable of supporting advanced designs, but also legacy technologies that still exist in the market....

Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

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3 reasons you’d kill yourself with a lightsaber

June 13, 2014 11:02 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

When I was eight years old, there was only one thing I wanted more than for someone to invent the lightsaber. I wanted one to fall off the back of a truck and land in my front yard.Fortunately, neither occurred; lightsabers are dangerous, poorly designed, and unstable. Here are three of the many reasons they should be preemptively outlawed....

Com exCu: Industrial wireless

June 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Like general-purpose computational resources in commercial enterprises, factory automation systems have evolved from highly centralized structures with fixed peripheral connections to flexible models with distributed intelligence and networked I/O nodes. In the factory environment, networking and distributed intelligence increased resource availability....

Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Articles | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

June 10, 2014 12:58 pm | Articles | Comments

Prices have been falling dramatically for LEDs. As recently as two years ago, a 60W consumer LED bulb cost between $40 and $50, but today buyers can find them for as little as $13. The dramatic decrease in prices is due to several factors — some related to technological advances in LED design....

Engineering Update #61: A planet that shouldn’t exist

June 5, 2014 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Announced at a press conference at meeting of the American Astronomical society, was the discovery of a planet that is 17-times heavier than earth called Kepler-10c. The planet exists in the Draco constellation, about 560 light-years from earth. The latest smart phone security: If someone does something suspicious with a phone...

Photos of the Day: The Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Archimedes tech firm has designed a wind turbine based on the real (Ancient Greek Mathmetician) Archimedes’ screw pump design. Its design allegedly reduces the noise associated with traditional wind turbines. It also supposedly has an energy yield that is “80 percent of the maximum that’s possible,” which compares favorably to the conventional 25-50% of most turbines....

Engineering Update Episode 60 Bloopers

May 29, 2014 1:29 pm | 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 Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

Engineering Update 60: The most secure drone in the world

May 29, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

DARPA has been developing a program called High Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which uses software to thwart all manner of cyber-attacks on drones. The project originated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington, and according to the program manager for DARPA, the software is allegedly mathematically invulnerable to large classes of attack....

Solar micro inverter design with ease using MCUs

May 29, 2014 12:58 pm | by Manish Bhardwaj, systems application engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Solar micro inverters are an emerging segment of the solar power industry. Rather than linking all solar panels in a solar installation through a central inverter, solar micro inverter systems instead place smaller, or “micro,” inverters in line with each individual solar panel....

Selecting the right MCU can squeeze nanoamps out of your next IoT application

May 29, 2014 8:20 am | by Evan Schulz, Microcontroller Product Manager, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Industry leaders predict that the number of connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 15 billion nodes by 2015 and top 50 billion by 2020. Most of these connected devices will not be traditional PCs or even smartphones but smaller, less expensive, simpler ultra-low-power embedded systems....

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