Radial keyboard design – rad or bad? Engineering Pop Culture! 7/18/2012 19 comments Re-inventing the wheel is so last century. Irish company, BeeRaider, wants to re-create your keyboard, with a radical new design it claims is far superior to QWERTY.
Whatever happened to fuzzy logic? Blog 7/18/2012 28 comments Back in the 1980s I was getting excited about the application of fuzzy logic to control applications. But it seems to have not made such a big impact, at least on hardware. But perhaps fuzzy logic's time has come at last.
A "must read" book on gas sensors Blog 7/18/2012 1 comment Interested in gas sensors? A newly-published book, Non-Dispersive Infrared Gas Measurement, lists various gas measurement techniques and discusses fundamental aspects and cutting-edge progress in NDIR gas sensors in their historical development.
Microsoft Office Gets Better, But… The Engineering Life - Around the Web 7/17/2012 3 comments In previewing Office 2013, Microsoft did not disappoint. With the upcoming release, Microsoft will continue the transition of Office from a suite of traditional native applications (running solely on the computing device) to suite of hosted applications and services running in the cloud or what the company calls “the modern office.”
Show me the hardware says Dallas tech investor The Engineering Life - Around the Web 7/17/2012 6 comments Over 300 investors and corporate development teams turned out to hear pitches from the 10 latest graduates of two-year old Dallas-based b2b startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters on Wednesday.
Atrenta talks about power Blog 7/17/2012 Post a comment There are three main power activities that we are involved with – estimation, optimization and verification. We are also working on power intent reconciliation…
NYC to London on a 4,000 mph vacuum train The Engineering Life - Around the Web 7/16/2012 62 comments Supersonic transport, like retired turbojet Concorde, can officially be considered old-school. Especially now that engineers have figured out a way to shuttle people across the Atlantic at hypersonic speeds of over 2,500 mph. Through vacuum suction tubes.
How Samsung stole Apple’s lead Blog 7/16/2012 74 comments Samsung’s Galaxy Note and S3 handsets foreshadow what I expect to be the next important element in smartphones, and in handset competition generally.
Philips' iPad, circa 1999 Blog 7/16/2012 12 comments What's in a name? A name is a label, a person, an object. Or sometimes it is something f a puzzle. In this case, it is a puzzle in time…
Whatever happened to evolvable hardware? Blog 7/13/2012 6 comments Back in the 1990s some interesting things were done with hardware that could evolve into a function using genetic algorithms and feedback. So what happened? And could it have a role to play today?
High praise for Alfa Insurance Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/12/2012 14 comments I just returned from a quick trip down to my local Alfa Insurance office, and I have to say that I am mega-impressed…
Industrial networking global growth—who’s slow to adopt? Blog 7/11/2012 Post a comment Frost & Sullivan unveiled a new research report European Industrial Networking/Communications Market and projects that the market which includes Ethernet, Fieldbus and wireless device technology will move from euro 854.1 million in 2010 to euro 1,596 million in 2015.
From Kinetics to Meaning Blog 7/9/2012 6 comments During the 19th Century when electricity made its way into our lives there was much discussion about what electricity actually was. Commentators had no prior reference points by which to compare this new concept, however many had an opinion. One scientific writer named Dionysius Lardner summarized this at the time by stating: "The world of science is not agreed to the physical character of electricity".
What the heck is a Higgs Boson? The Engineering Life - Around the Web 7/6/2012 41 comments It’s not every day theoretical physics becomes a news sensation.
Indeed, it’s downright odd to hear “The God Particle” being discussed by people in supermarket queues, or exchanging pleasantries on the treadmill at the gym.
Derecho exposes our fragile networks Blog 7/6/2012 10 comments The derecho storm that rolled across the Midwest last weekend, knocking out power along the East Coast, showed just how vulnerable are our networks. Reliable backup power is the first step toward shoring up critical nets like 911.
Deconstructing complex semiconductors layer by layer Engineering Investigations 7/5/2012 4 comments Recently, our sister company UBM TechInsights delivered a webinar on how it goes about doing the magic it does to uncover the secrets within semiconductors and other bits of integrated circuitry used in all the devices we’ve come to know and love.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.