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Can this robot solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a person?

January 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It can be challenging to get kids involved in STEM because it's a pretty vast array of subjects and it can be highly technical, which makes it difficult to relate to. With that in mind, there has been a big push to create ways for students to learn the skills of engineering or ...

My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

The SSL/TLS handshake

January 14, 2015 12:15 pm | by Bernard Vachon, Engineering Director, Cardinal Peak | Articles | Comments

Last April, the Heartbleed bug caused us to update all our passwords. Then in September, the Shellshock bug forced Linux users to update their bash shell. More recently, the Poodle exploit put an end to SSL 3.0. Network security is constantly ...

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What will be the "must-have" consumer product in 2015?

January 14, 2015 9:31 am | Broadcom Corp., Quicklogic Corporation | Articles | Comments

The market has witnessed an increasing number of consumers who prefer large-screen smartphones, considered to be devices with 4.7-inch screens or larger. Apple’s recent launch of two larger-screen iPhones reflects what many analysts see ...

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

Male readers don’t think sexism in science exists

January 14, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of studies that attest to the gender gap in STEM fields and the sexism that exists in the hiring process, not to mention what happens when women are actually hired. And I mean a lot of studies. In 1999, a study showed that even with ...

Watch a drone film the Las Vegas fire show

January 13, 2015 3:45 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

When Las Vegas isn’t actively trying to take your money, it’s entertaining you just long enough so it can continue taking your money. One of these “interludes” is the volcano fire show at the Mirage, and the good folks at Byrobot made the experience 10x hotter....

9 ways the White House geeked out about science & tech in 2014

January 13, 2015 3:19 pm | by Becky Fried, Deputy Assistant Director of Strategic Communications in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy | Blogs | Comments

2014 may go down in history as the geekiest year ever here at the White House. Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we've adorned ...

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CES 2015: Sensors are everywhere ... but what products matter?

January 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

CES 2015 was defined by more sensors, in more products, in more categories than ever before. Incredibly, one in 10 U.S. adults own an activity tracker today. The latest smartphones contain as many as 16 sensors, and with Google Fit and Apple’s Healthkit ...

CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique (Part 2)

January 13, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. And CES goes above and beyond. Here’s a small sampling of what I saw, and be sure to check out part 1....

Engineering Newswire: Mercedes' futuristic self-driving car

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Lots of new technologies and innovations were displayed this past week at CES. However, few were more impressive than Mercedes’Benz self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion. Living up to its name, this car looks like something out of a science fiction movie....

How to cross the success threshold in IoT

January 12, 2015 9:44 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In the previous article, we discussed some basic principles of making money in the evolving IoT market (something I termed the Eywa Economy). With those 3 principles, one can find and define very powerful applications — applications that are not just ...

CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique

January 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention....

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How this biomedical engineer landed her dream job

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Michaelina (Micki) Dupnik, a Biomedical Engineer at Optimum Technologies, Inc. in Southbridge, MA. I graduated from Boston University in May 2014, Majored in Biomedical Engineering, Minored in Mechanical Engineering, and concentrated in Technology Innovation....

The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

January 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

Do engineers use counterfeit components?

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequences of using grey market products can result in more expensive...

Engineering Update #92: CATS in space

January 8, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

IoT: Ensuring security is in place

January 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Blogs | Comments

As we start 2015, the forecasts and market projections for IoT are already increasing by multiple billions of devices it appears, almost on a daily basis. The industry is ramping up, and with an already initial foundation of a few billion smartphones, tablets, and ...

IoT: Adapt to change!

January 8, 2015 1:38 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Blogs | Comments

In early 2015, the adoption of IoT appears to one of the most predicted events of consumer electronics; the sheer numbers of articles predicting the IoT explosion are in themselves reaching record numbers. The predictions show that not only will ...

Photos of the Day: CES 2015

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and it's where a lot of the major players make their announcements for the year about the new technology. For the 2015 show, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg hit the show floor. Here ECN offers a roundup of a...

This is a jaw-dropping view of Andromeda

January 7, 2015 11:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is the definition of breathtaking. Earlier this week, NASA released the sharpest large composite image ever taken of Andromeda. Though this galaxy is technically our neighbor, it's also over 2 million light-years away, which makes this picture even more incredible...

A note from ECN's Editor

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

With the craziness of the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, it's time to look forward to 2015 and the ECN IMPACT Awards! These awards, now in their second year, are designed with the idea that companies doing impressive work in the engineering world should be recognized for their achievements.

CES 2015: Ethernet will supplant legacy industrial IoT technologies

January 7, 2015 10:32 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Conceived over four decades ago as an inexpensive local area network (LAN) technology, Ethernet has come a long way from its humble origins. Ethernet is now the dominant standard network protocol to deliver wired and wireless high-bandwidth ...

CES 2015: A doorway to the future of the smart home and Internet of Things

January 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

This year’s CES will be marked by a big change – this is the year that it seems everyone is excited by potential of the Internet of Things. CES has recognized this movement by essentially concentrating all the activities in this space and dedicating the Sands Expo facility ...

CES 2015: Is the Internet of Things too low-concept for consumers?

January 7, 2015 10:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things will connect the world as never before, and the tech is burning up the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. But I’m forced to ponder whether the Internet of Things is too low-concept for the average Joe....

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