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The future was on display at EDS 2015

May 19, 2015 1:44 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Articles | Comments

The EDS 2015 Summit kicked off in the Mirage’s Grand Ballroom with a reception that was highlighted by a keynote speech from featured speaker Grant Imahara, the famed electrical engineer who spun his expertise into an unlikely career in the entertainment industry (Mythbusters, Galaxy Quest ...

Real-time map helps track drones

May 19, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

As drones continue to take over American airspace, it’s increasingly difficult for pilots to identify where the UAVs are flying (or even allowed to fly). Current air traffic control platforms, like AirMap, which allows users access to ...

Turning Sci Fi into Reality with Raspberry Pi

May 18, 2015 3:58 pm | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Blogs | Comments

In the first post in our series we launched element14’s Sci Fi Your Pi design challenge, a new competition in partnership with Pi Trading.

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Introducing middle schoolers to engineering

May 18, 2015 3:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we love to see companies getting involved in the STEM (or STEAM) cause.

Harsh environment design necessities for miniature cables and connectors

May 18, 2015 1:47 pm | by Robert Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corp. | Articles | Comments

Cable and connectors must often be selected or designed for the specific environment or application they are to be used. Silicon chip capabilities continue to expand where electronic systems are used. Sensors, detectors, and complete circuits are placed farther out ...

Developing high-speed interconnects for data-rich applications

May 18, 2015 8:41 am | by Joe Dambach, new product development manager, Molex Incorporated | Articles | Comments

Like NASCAR drivers, today’s electronic device designers have a need for speed. Resource-intensive applications demand higher data transmission speeds, and connector suppliers are creating systems that deliver those data rates.

IC socket selection criteria

May 18, 2015 8:36 am | by Ila Pal, COO, Ironwood Electronics Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many products are designed with high-performance integrated circuits (IC). Without IC sockets, the design, testing, and/or production phases of a new product development process will be chaotic. In response to these demanding needs, sockets featuring a wide variety of ...

The dying world of innovation

May 18, 2015 7:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is a word that gets thrown around at a lot of companies, but nobody understand more about innovation than Mike Rainone, founder and chief innovation officer at PCDworks, Inc. And, according to him, all those companies tossing out ideas about how to innovate? They’re doing it wrong.

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Photos of the Day: Lightfair 2015

May 15, 2015 2:46 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2015, which took the event back to its home at the Javits Center in NYC, was all about the smart systems and integrated lighting solutions.

IDC and poke-home connectors overcome challenges in harsh applications

May 15, 2015 11:48 am | by Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX | Articles | Comments

Connecting wires to a printed circuit board (PCB) in demanding applications presents a challenge for connector manufacturers and design engineers meet the cost, size, and performance goals of a product. Connector manufacturers must keep developmental pace with customer demands....

Engineering Newswire: Army M249 Squad Automatic Weapon sheds the pounds

May 15, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

U.S. Army engineers redesigned and lightened the M249 machine gun, taking it down from 17.5 to 9.2 pounds. The M249, formerly known as the Squad Automatic Weapon has even taken a different name – the Cased Telescoped Light Machine Gun, or CT LMG.

Engineering Update #110: A VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car

May 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....

Let’s talk about space

May 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Most of the time, my job is just like any other job. I have day-to-day responsibilities like debating topics with commenters, writing blogs about things that annoy the commenters, and then writing up blogs about the terrible things commenters sometimes say.

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The quantum dots revolution

May 11, 2015 3:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Articles | Comments

Quantum dots are the most important technological development that no one has heard of. At least not when compared to the buzz about 4K, curved displays, the Internet of Things, or other Consumer Electronic Show (CES) titans.

This is what the future of STEM looks like

May 8, 2015 2:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The STEM student of the week feature is one of my favorite things to do. It's pretty amazing to read about what some kids (and young adults) are working on.

Leveraging the Modularity of Embedded Linux to Streamline Remote Upgrades

May 8, 2015 10:49 am | by Al Feczko, VP Sales and Field Engineering, Timesys Corporation | Blogs | Comments

In the rapidly emerging world of the Internet of Things (IoT), having the ability to remotely update the software components inside an embedded device is an increasingly critical requirement for new designs — especially as new threats emerge and existing ones evolve.

Engineering Newswire: Air-powered car claims zero pollution

May 7, 2015 1:50 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the developer of the tiny car AIRPod, plans to produce and sell the first compressed air-powered car in the United States by the second half of 2015. The AIRPod, which is marketed as THE solution to urban pollution and ...

A novel inkjet printing process for kesterite solar cells

May 6, 2015 4:25 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | News | Comments

The drop-on-demand inkjet printing is a promising approach allowing patterning of materials with negligible materials waste; hence, significant reduction of raw materials cost can be achieved. Furthermore, inkjet printing can be easily adapted to a ...

How emerging technologies are revolutionizing home health care

May 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Alex Smith | Blogs | Comments

Caring for the elderly, ill, and chronically disabled in the home has always been a challenge. But, just as technology has made every other aspect of life easier, it’s making providing home health care easier, too. Emerging technologies are expanding and ...

Engineering Update #109: NASA’s 10-engine tiltrotor drone

May 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

At first glance, NASA’s new 10-engine drone looks like someone Frankensteined together a C-130, V-22 Osprey, and a Harrier for good measure. So naturally, they dubbed it the GL-10 Greased Lightning. The Greased Lightning is a battery powered, diesel-electric hybrid....

NASA’s morphing-wing technology could make flying more ... tolerable

May 6, 2015 1:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While NASA experiments with tiltrotor drones capable of switching from aircraft to helicopter mid-air, it’s also testing a shape-changing wing that could save millions in fuel costs and improve the passenger experience. NASA has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Ann Arbor-based FlexSys ...

MITEI releases report on the future of solar energy

May 6, 2015 9:12 am | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | News | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment ...

Photos of the Day: An all-electric, 3D-printed Shelby Cobra

May 4, 2015 11:50 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Department of Energy unveiled this bad boy back in January to celebrate the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary. The all-electric, 3D-printed Cobra is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced ABS from the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine....

Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

May 4, 2015 9:18 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and ...

How an all-girls engineering class is changing education

May 4, 2015 7:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

Say what you will about STEM education, but no one wants the be the "only" in a class. You don't want to be the only senior in a sea of freshman or the only boy in a group of girls or, in this case, the only girl in an engineering class.

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