Do engineers need an MBA? Blog 9/17/2012 56 comments In last week’s Careers newsletter, I asked whether readers thought engineers should bolster their technical education with a more business orientated degree, like an MBA. The responses (flooding my inbox all week) have been quite staggering and run the gamut from strong agreement to vehement rejection of the notion.
A package just arrived on my desk… Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/14/2012 32 comments What if I were to find myself an old Webster wire recorder and load this spool, would I hear an ethereal voice saying something like…
Survey claims over half of Americans "disappointed" by iphone 5 The Engineering Life - Around the Web 9/13/2012 17 comments It has not even been 24 hours since Apple released its latest iteration of the now iconic iPhone, yet according to flash polls and several press releases cluttering up my inbox, “over half of Americans are ‘disappointed’ with the iPhone5,” and believe it brings “nothing new” to consumers.
I want a Beard Beanie! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/12/2012 9 comments I know I'm being silly, but I just ran across something called a "Beard Beanie" that I think is really fun in a strange sort of way...
BOM bom bom...the Kindle Fire refresh! Blog 9/10/2012 3 comments Last week, Amazon’s charismatic CEO, Jeff Bezos, showed the world his company was more than just a one-trick tablet pony, unveiling a brand new lineup of Kindle Fire products aimed at the mass market. TechInsights is first with the predicted bill of materials costs...
Intels Haswell shines, but Atom remains cloudy Blog 9/10/2012 Post a comment With the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) starting tomorrow (September 11) and the pending launch of new products from Apple on Wednesday, all eyes are on San Francisco. Not only will these two events define the direction of many new consumer electronics products, but also the technology driving them.
Intel's developer forum - what to expect Engineering Pop Culture! 9/6/2012 4 comments If you think the biggest event of next week is the Apple press conference, you’re clearly not a chip-head. For those of us deeply embedded and ensconced in the world of semiconductor hardware, Intel’s yearly developer forum held in San Francisco’s Moscone center is still a yearly highlight and this year won’t disappoint.
SARAH 0.5 - Smart carpet The Engineering Life - Around the Web 9/6/2012 5 comments Much to the joy of any Eureka fans out there, we are one step closer to SARAH (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat) becoming a reality. A team at the University of Manchester has developed a carpet that can detect the walking patterns of those who use it.
How well does Gorilla Glass work? Engineering Investigations 9/6/2012 6 comments Most smart phones these days come equipped with Gorilla Glass - a scratch resistant and toughened glass. But exactly how tough is it? Can you safely drop your device? What about all the shrapnel in my pockets - will they scratch or damage my beloved smart phone?
Early DIY electronics projects, 1910-1915 Engineering Pop Culture! 9/5/2012 11 comments My experiences as a teenager building simple do-it-yourself automobile and radio electronics projects found in some volumes of “The Boy Mechanic” published between 1910 and 1915 and how it has affected my view of work.
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.
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.