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A Taste of LabVIEW
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
I attended an introduction to LabVIEW workshop to get some hands-on experience with graphical programming.
Designing for Wearables: Tremendous Opportunity but Not Without Challenges
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that comes with design and sourcing issues, which some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
Memory Product Round Up: September 2014
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
Summaries of memory products making news this month, including SD card controllers, SRAMs, RDIMM, LRDIMM, and RAM.
Some Days You're the Pigeon, Others You're the Statue
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9/22/2014   6 comments
Are cities still commissioning new statues, or is this practice a thing of the past?
M2M & IoT Meet Asset Tracking
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
The advent of highly integrated and low-cost Field Programmable Radio Frequency (FPRF) chips has provided the solution to many wireless issues.
Where's the Silicon in Silicon Valley?
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9/22/2014   4 comments
An engineer who has experienced firsthand the changes that the engineering profession has undergone since the days of Bill Hewlett and David Packard argues that the loss of innovative capacity is the direct result of a vacuum in American business thought leadership.
Teardown.com Analysis: Apple iPhone 6 Plus
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
Qualcomm appears but not as RF, and the A8 is smaller than its predecessor, among other surprises: Teardown.com dissects the iPhone 6 Plus.
Why You Can't Judge a Company by Its Version 1.0 Product
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9/22/2014   1 comment
You really don't need to spend your valuable time fighting an aggravating interface or wading through bizarre logic laid out by an accountant, but...
Inside Intel's Gen 8 GPU
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9/22/2014   5 comments
Intel recently gave a tour inside the workings of its latest graphics processors, and here is what analyst Jon Peddie found out about the x86 giant's latest GPUs.
Secure WiFi Shield for Arduino Platforms
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9/19/2014   3 comments
The Arduino WiFi Shield 101 is designed to enable rapid prototyping of IoT applications on the Arduino platform.
Digital Level Shifting
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9/19/2014   10 comments
Do you need to take your signals to the next level? What techniques do you use?
Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone
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9/19/2014   16 comments
Being presented with his very own iCups communications system certainly brightened Steve Wozniak's day.
Five Challenges to FPGA-Based Prototyping
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9/19/2014   Post a comment
The state of the art has progressed spectacularly since early forays into FPGA-based prototyping, but there are still challenges to be overcome.
Making The Internet of Things 'Easy Stupid'
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9/19/2014   Post a comment
IoT companies need to provide a positive user experience that drives value, which is exactly the focus for home automation and business monitoring company GridConnect.
Friday Quiz: Units of Measurement
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9/19/2014   33 comments
The ways we express units of measurement should be perfectly clear, but they aren't.
Nvidia’s Maxwell Lights Up Voxels
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9/18/2014   Post a comment
Nvidia’s Maxwell, its new high-end graphics processor, opens up a door to real-time voxel processing, an enhanced method of lighting, says veteran analyst Jon Peddie.
Training Opportunities Abound at ARM TechCon
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9/18/2014   2 comments
ARM TechCon is only a few weeks away, and if you're doing any ARM-related development it will be the place to be to expand your knowledge and skills.
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces
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9/18/2014   40 comments
There have been some interesting videos of "user interface parodies" over the years -- some that are "old chestnuts," some that deserve to be called "classics," and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Making Wearables Personal
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9/18/2014   Post a comment
Wearables should be as unique as the person who wears them. The NEX Band is a modular wearable device that changes its look and functionality based on the charms selected by the user.
Infographic: A History of Wearable Tech
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9/18/2014   Post a comment
Take a stroll down wearable memory lane in this great inforgraphic from Mashable.
Rube Goldberg Rocket Launch
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9/18/2014   2 comments
For their first real-world project, a group of budding young embedded engineers decided to create a Rube Goldberg rocket launcher and use it to fly some rockets.
Technology You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
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9/17/2014   4 comments
Thanks to 3D imaging software and a special milling machine, dentists can create and install caps in a single visit. That's got to be worth a toothy smile.
Does Reducing Power Consumption Actually Save Energy?
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9/17/2014   22 comments
It's the law of unintended consequences again, as regulations to reduce energy consumption by reducing power ratings may actually have the opposite effect.
Local Motors Succeeds in Test Driving First 3D-Printed Car
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9/17/2014   3 comments
3D-printed car has successful test drive!
Designer of Things Keynote Speaker: Gadi Amit
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9/17/2014   Post a comment
EETimes is pleased to announce that Gadi Amit will be a keynote speaker at the Designer of Things conference. Gadi shares his passion for bucking technology trends and implementing beautiful design through international talks.
Dr. Duino Diagnostic Shield Deduces Dilemmas in Arduino Shield Stacks
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9/17/2014   13 comments
When sandwiched between an Arduino Uno and a shield -- or between two shields -- jumpers on the Dr. Duino can either pass signals between the boards above and below or route them to test points and other components.
Open-Source Hardware Circa 1920
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9/17/2014   9 comments
An engineer discovers amazing schematics and documentation pasted to the back of a 92-year-old organ originally installed in a San Francisco vaudeville house.
Intel Core M vs. Pentium M
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9/17/2014   7 comments
A comparison of Intel's recent Core M to its original Pentium M from a decade ago provides some perspective on how far the company and the semiconductor industry have come, says analyst Nathan Brookwood.
The Importance of Design in Solving Real Problems
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
Product design is more important now than ever, thanks to the increasing popularity of wearable technology.
Technology That Knows Who You Are: The Nymi Wristband
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9/16/2014   1 comment
The Nymi is a wristband that uses your cardiac rhythm or your unique heartbeat to identify who you are and then relays your identity to any connected technology you own via Bluetooth.
Orbis & Dr. Duino: A Tale of Maker Happiness
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9/16/2014   8 comments
While creating an Arduino-based art project, Guido Bonelli realized there was a need for a special test shield to help debug his system. A Kickstarter project was born.
ATPG: It's What's Inside That Counts
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9/16/2014   1 comment
Cell-aware testing can improve test coverage in simulations, but there are costs.
NHTSA's on the Spot — Finally
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9/15/2014   16 comments
Why is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration such a slacker at enforcing safety laws? A US Senate subcommittee wants to investigate.
Apple, Samsung in 20nm Race
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9/15/2014   6 comments
Apple and Samsung are poised to ship their first smartphones using 20nm mobile processors, but they are applying the silicon technology in radically different ways.
Oh, No! My Antique Analog Meter Has Twitched Its Last
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9/15/2014   37 comments
One of Max Maxfield's treasured analog meters has shrugged off this mortal coil. He's hoping a member of the EETimes community can point him toward a replacement.
Blame It on Dilbert
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9/15/2014   46 comments
Dilbert remains a great source of comic relief, but the misimpressions from that comic about marketing should be viewed as nothing more than a spoof.
RadioShack: The End Is Nigh!
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9/15/2014   115 comments
Perhaps this is the natural order of business -- Darwinism and RadioShack's impending demise open the door wider for companies like SparkFun and Adafruit to grow.
3D Printing Mass Appeal: 5 to 10 Years Away, Says Gartner
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9/15/2014   Post a comment
Gartner Hype Cycle pegs wearables, connected homes, and consumer 3D printing as 5 to 10 years away from becoming popular among most consumers.
Netflix Releases Print the Legend Trailer
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9/15/2014   Post a comment
The documentary will be available on the streaming network September 26.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
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9/15/2014   2 comments
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
EUV Needs a Plan B
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9/15/2014   8 comments
Engineers need to squeeze every drop of life possible from semiconductor technology, but the current EUV light source program may be putting too much wood behind to risky a single arrow.
What To Do While Waiting for Apple iPhone6 Teardown
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9/14/2014   13 comments
Teardown.com will have full Apple iPhone6 teardown next week. Here's what to do until then.
Embedded Systems Programming Languages
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9/12/2014   8 comments
Specialized languages have been developed to address the unique requirements of embedded developers, but none have found universal acceptance.
Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car
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9/12/2014   6 comments
New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
Introducing 4 AXYZ's 3D Printing Wood Machines
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9/12/2014   Post a comment
4 AXYZ is in the additive manufacturing business. But instead of printing with plastic, the company has developed technology that would allow it to create the first 3D printing machine to manufacture solid wood products.
Talking About Cool Ideas With Proto Labs
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9/12/2014   Post a comment
Proto Labs expects to announce its next winners Oct. 7.
Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: Testing the 8x8 Panels
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9/12/2014   33 comments
Creating an 8x8x8 3D tri-color LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks, one of which is burn-in-testing the eight 8x8 panels before assembling them into the final cube.
3D IP: Intellectual Property Issues for Innovators
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9/12/2014   Post a comment
Patience Jones will be talking about "3D IP: Intellectual Property Issues for Innovators" at our upcoming conference in San Francisco this September.
Friday Quiz: Electrical Heroes
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9/12/2014   4 comments
Test your knowledge of electrical history.
Could AMS' Expansion Be Bad News for Europe?
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9/12/2014   Post a comment
An Austrian chip manufacturer getting hold of another wafer fab has to be good news for Europe, right? Yes, unless….
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