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Open Hardware, Software & Minds
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
The people who attended the 2016 Annual Gulu Technology Camp found a doorway to future that they had never seen before -- who knows where it will lead them?
Time Portal Tribute to Classic Science Fiction Films of Yesteryear
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4/26/2016   64 comments
Can you suggest any classic science fiction movies and TV shows that should be represented via images in the Caveman Diorama Time Portal?
The Best Oophalopompatronium I've Seen Today!
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4/20/2016   15 comments
Who amongst our number would not love to have one of these little beauties at our disposal?
Happy Square Root Day!
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4/4/2016   39 comments
In which we are presented with a poser: How should one go about celebrating a holiday like Square Root Day?
Uber-Cool iClever Folding Bluetooth Keyboard
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3/21/2016   28 comments
This little beauty's case is formed from aluminum, and the way in which it folds and unfolds is really rather clever.
Exploding Capacitors: True Story of Blast from Past
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3/15/2016   Post a comment
A true story of how an exploding capacitor delayed the development of part of the British computer industry by at least six months.
What Is Your Favorite Electronics Shop?
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3/12/2016   2 comments
I have many fond memories of various electronics shops. What's your favorite?
Pssst! Want a free robot?
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3/11/2016   Post a comment
We're going to give away four "Hello There!" robots at the forthcoming ESC Boston to complement the wireless mesh networked "Hello There!" badges.
I'm Ready to be Obducted -- Take Me!
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3/4/2016   14 comments
Obduction -- the spiritual successor to Myst and Riven -- is scheduled for release in June 2016; the Oculus Rift is anticipated in July!
My Time as a Rocket Scientist
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1/14/2016   2 comments
Some observations on the Canadarm2, the Canadian robotic arm on the International Space Station.
Why I Love My SMU
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12/24/2015   1 comment
How my Keithley source-measure unit became my favorite test instrument.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year!
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Time for you to cast your vote for the DesignCon Engineer of the Year.
IPC Announces Soldering Competition Winner
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11/23/2015   1 comment
IPC has announced the winner of its hand-soldering compeitin at Productronica 2015. Most competitions are held outside North America.
ESC Minn: Tech History Trivia Team Quiz
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10/28/2015   1 comment
Participate in trivia quiz at ESC in November. Each team member of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will go home with a Cubelets or t-shirts.
Why Is It Always 'Someone Else’s Problem'?
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10/14/2015   Post a comment
Anyone who’s worked in chip industry will have listened to the hardware guys blaming a software problem, only to cross the room and find that the software guys are convinced that “the problem’s in the hardware.”
Futuremobile Takes Charge
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10/7/2015   2 comments
George walks up to his car, trying to open it. Nothing happens. The car says: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Maker Faire NY 2015: Flames and Creativity
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
Flaming instruments, giant robots, Tesla coils—See what fun designs we found at World Maker Faire 2015.
How An Angry Letter Led to an Engineering Job
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9/23/2015   2 comments
Engineer Sanjaya Maniktala shares this life-changing and life-saving story about the power of a good mentor. What stories do you have to share?
Space Center Houston Slideshow: STEM on Steroids
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8/24/2015   Post a comment
The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. is helping NASA educate the public: take a tour of the foundations' Space Center Houston, a neighbor to NASA Johnson Space Center.
007 Movie Inspires Concept Cars
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7/22/2015   10 comments
The new James Bond 007 movie inspires a never-before-seen concept car from Aston Martin, which engages on screen in a car chase against the hybrid Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar.
Top 10 Cool Little Gadgets that Got a Kickstarter Push
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Everyone loves the coolest new electronic gadget. Here's the list of the most popular ideas that showed up on Kickstarter this year.
Self/less Sheds Electronic Brain
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7/9/2015   1 comment
Self/less (the opposite of Selfish) is a new movie by Gramercy Pictures in which a dying "Damian"--played by Ben Kingsley--transfers his memories into the body of actor Ryan Reynolds.
When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo?
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5/28/2015   8 comments
Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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3/1/2015   5 comments
EE Times bids farewell to the actor who inspired many to become engineers and scientists.
Processor Pinups
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2/9/2015   4 comments
Lusting for those early microprocessor days? Here’s a site guaranteed to sate your passion.
The End of the World is Here (for Radio Shack)
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2/6/2015   22 comments
The purpose of this blog is not to say "I told you so," but rather to look at the forces in play and consider what this means for the electronics community.
Open Office: Your Fart is My Problem
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1/28/2015   15 comments
Open offices are the future. What a shame.
Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
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12/18/2014   Post a comment
Help turn the first house to have a telephone into a museum.
No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
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11/19/2014   2 comments
The annual competition where machines hurl pumpkins didn't happen this year, but it should return in November 2015.
Rosetta & the Comet Landing
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11/12/2014   54 comments
The Rosetta spacecraft has a landing craft, Philae, which is today leaving the mother ship and making a 7 hour, 1 km journey to land on comet 67P.
The Other Tesla
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9/29/2014   6 comments
This Indiegogo fundraiser is for a Tesla museum in the inventor's decaying lab in Shoreham, N.Y.
RadioShack: The End Is Nigh!
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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.
11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
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8/15/2014   20 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world.
Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
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7/23/2014   15 comments
A future engineering student gives his advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college visits road trip.
Machine Fixes That Made Me Go 'DUH!'
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5/22/2014   21 comments
Manufacturing engineer Jeremy Cook discusses a few machine failure problems that seemed complicated at the onset, but were quite simple to solve in the end, and the lessons he learned.
The Cigar Box Creepster
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5/21/2014   2 comments
Jeremy Cook's Cigar Box Creepster opens up when triggered with a knock or other sound, then slams back down as if to express “his” annoyance.
Spaghetti Code & Meatball Managers
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5/20/2014   8 comments
How to deal with a meatball of a manager who issues an edict that makes no earthly sense? Ignore it.
Engineering’s Three Rules: Document, Document, Document
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5/15/2014   16 comments
An engineer discovers the perfect tool to document her projects: The venerable three-ring binder.
What, You Never Heard of a Noise Emitting Diode Before?
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5/6/2014   18 comments
An engineer fondly recalls the time-honored tradition of nicknames.
The Case of the Unconventional Coder
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5/1/2014   14 comments
Some engineers and programmers insist on marching to their own peculiar drums. Sometimes that can be a good thing, but for managers it can be a complete nightmare.
Two Cocky Techs Get Their Comeuppance
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4/24/2014   12 comments
Two cocky technicians are dramatically humbled when they flip the power switch on a high-voltage simulator.
What were they thinking: Slithering a snake
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6/7/2013   6 comments
How many of you have a pet snake and want to take it for slither? Well, you just may need this invention...
What were they thinking: Overly complex design
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5/31/2013   12 comments
I think Wile E. Coyote was the kind of person who created many of the patents I find to write about in my “what were they thinking” series. You know what I mean – those absurdly complicated gadgets...
Blending furiously
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5/28/2013   10 comments
I've been playing with the Image Blender app on my iPad, and I have to say that it is a LOT of fun.
What were they thinking: Confessing to an apparition
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5/24/2013   3 comments
This is an interesting patent in that it has some sensible elements and some that are are totally crazy...
What do Bob Dylan, Woodstock, and Wavy Gravy have to do with Design West?
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3/25/2013   7 comments
Sometimes the way the world works leaves me gasping with astonishment and delight.
Blast from the past – Practical Wireless mags circa 1972
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3/8/2013   9 comments
Ooooh, this takes me back. I just opened the first one from January 1972. There's no way to artificially replicate that 41-year-old magazine smell.
In space no one can hear you scream… or can they?
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3/1/2013   8 comments
An experiment that will change the scientific world forever – a plan so audacious that not even NASA has attempted it!
VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
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2/26/2013   39 comments
I want a small box that can connect via WiFi to the Internet on one side and stream live television (in the form of a VHF signal) out of the other side.
And that's when I said "Doh!"
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2/22/2013   24 comments
You would not believe the wonderful little retro portable TV I just discovered at Mock Electronics.
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