Time to play hard ball on tech manufacturing Blog 2/1/2012 152 comments It's time for policy makers to play hard ball with multinational corporations that outsource manufacturing, design and R&D jobs. If they don't, manufacturing will cease to be the engine of U.S. economic growth.
Just Call Me 'King of the Salad People' Max’s Cool Beans 1/5/2015 137 comments As part of his New Year's resolutions, Max has promised his dear old mom that he will lose 60 pounds, which -- amongst other things -- means giving up alcohol. (Oh, the humanity!)
RadioShack: The End Is Nigh! Engineering Pop Culture! 9/15/2014 129 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.
Where are the jobs? Blog 10/10/2011 111 comments Where are the jobs? That’s the question of the year. It’s easy to blame the President, the Congress and Wall Street. In some way or another, they’re all complicit.
What's the Worst Album/CD Ever? Max’s Cool Beans 4/8/2015 103 comments Once you've listened to '100 Polka Classics -- The Greatest Accordion Collection On Earth,' surely the only direction you can go is up; isn’t it?
Caption contest: Mars attacks! Design Contests & Competitions 9/5/2012 99 comments It’s no small feat that our cartoon guru Daniel Guidera manages to come up with exceptional engineering themed artwork every month, but September’s drawing is out of this world. Literally.
World Cup Soccer: Designed to Be Dull Blog 6/16/2014 98 comments Most sports become more interesting as the skill of the players advances. The striking exception to this rule is World Cup soccer. In soccer, the higher you go, the duller it plays.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times