Apple of Greenpeace's Eye? Blog 9/9/2014 1 comment Environmental group Greenpeace has called on companies in the consumer electronics sector to follow and maybe even exceed Apple’s example in reducing the damage it does to the environment.
Aging Brass: New Book Explains All Max’s Cool Beans 9/9/2014 16 comments A new book -- Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths -- contains page after page of pictures and descriptions of the treatments that were used to get the effects you see.
Wearables Wrapup: IFA, Unpacked & Motorola Launch Announcements Blog 9/8/2014 Post a comment Last week was a whirlwind of product launches for wearable tech as a couple of big events were held around the world. Asus, Sony, Samsung, and Motorola unveiled technology you can wear on your wrists, your face, and even your ears. We recap the wearables you can expect from these companies this year.
Introducing Flexoelectricity Blog 9/8/2014 5 comments Flexoelectricity is a rather obscure effect whereby a dielectric can become electrically polarized when bent and, conversely, can bend when polarized -- sort of like the piezoelectric effect, but different.
Tuning in Spectrum's White Space Blog 9/8/2014 3 comments Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies have evolved significantly in and out of the lab in the past decade, but more work remains to bring the approach to mainstream use.
Review: Kickstarter Board Is Processor Chameleon Blog 9/4/2014 3 comments PIEP Board, still in its Kickstarter funding campaign, is a new compact, modular, embedded development tool that allows a convenient way to combine the choice of different processor architectures. Here's a sneak peek.
Optimizing Dynamic Response via Digital Control Blog 9/3/2014 Post a comment With digital control it becomes possible for the power system designer to fine-tune a POL regulator's control loop for a particular application and significantly improve and optimize the dynamic response performance and/or reduce required decoupling capacitance.
3G/4G Rising for M2M Blog 9/3/2014 2 comments 3G and 4G cellular networking is on a rapid rise in machine-to-machine applications, according to an analyst with market watcher Berg Insights.
IoE: Internet of Earthquakes? Blog 9/2/2014 9 comments Wakeup call: Data scientists at Jawbone recently published findings on the quake’s effect on sleep. Ninety-three percent of Jawbone UP wearers in Napa, Sonoma, Vallejo, and Fairfield -- all less than 15 miles from the epicenter -- woke up at 3:20 a.m. when shaking began.
Homeless in Silicon Valley Blog 9/2/2014 20 comments Over Labor Day, I thought about the situation for the many, often unseen, homeless and the working poor in the Jungle and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.
Wireless Net Takes the Next Train Blog 9/2/2014 3 comments The first products are about to adopt the new 802.15.4p positive train control standard, which promises to decrease fatal accidents on railways around the globe.
The Internet of Overhyped Things Blog 8/27/2014 10 comments Vendors and analysts would have us believe that the Internet of Things is imminent. In fact, it will be years before the obstacles it faces can be surmounted.
Apple's iPhone 6: What to Expect Blog 8/27/2014 3 comments What will the iPhone 6 look like? And when will it be available? Current rumors and supposed-part leaks are incomplete and sometimes even contradictory. Here's another best guess.
Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo Max’s Cool Beans 8/27/2014 53 comments There are myriad ways to artificially age brass, including the use of salt, vinegar, ammonia, and temperature. The more daring among us may also consider cow and/or horse manure.
Getting Your First Sales Pick Right Blog 8/27/2014 5 comments A company needs to create a repeatable sales process to grow and thrive. This means a template for a successful customer engagement can be described and taught to new team members, who are expected to become productive in a few months.
Live Chat Wednesday, Aug. 27: Is iPhone Relevant? Blog 8/26/2014 7 comments Join industry analysts and EE Times editors for a live online chat on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, to discuss the iPhone 6 announcement and whether Apple phones are still relevant in a growing, Android-based, inexpensive market.
Bitcoin Bill Begs Questions Blog 8/26/2014 1 comment A California law passed in late June attempted to legalize the use of alternative currencies such as Bitcoin, but the law falls short in at least one area and raises questions in others.
In Search of Bleriot’s Plane and Foucault Pendulum Blog 8/25/2014 23 comments The Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris should delight every engineer. It's focused on materials, mechanics, and scientific instruments, and how technological advances have been applied to the development of energy, transportation, construction, and communication systems.