When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo? Engineering Pop Culture! 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!
Rosetta & the Comet Landing Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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! 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.
Machine Fixes That Made Me Go 'DUH!' Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
The Case of the Unconventional Coder Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
What were they thinking: Overly complex design Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF? Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
My hat's off to Toshiba Engineering Pop Culture! 2/21/2013 12 comments So many product test videos show the products only in a good light, so the fact that some of these videos show the products failing puts an interesting spin on things.
The Beeriodic Table Engineering Pop Culture! 2/14/2013 15 comments My old chum Jack Olsen just sent me a really interesting image titled "The Periodic Table of Beer Styles".
CES Unveiled...unveiled Engineering Pop Culture! 1/7/2013 4 comments sensors for plant pots, hemp headphones, Justin Bieber singing toothbrushes, quadcopter cameras and 3-D printed iPhone cases were just some of the odd gadgets on display at CES Unveiled Sunday Night.
Taser for kids Engineering Pop Culture! 11/20/2012 14 comments Specially engineered for children. Has a lower voltage output and smaller barbed spikes than the popular adult model compliance tool.
Man-from Mars Radio Hat Engineering Pop Culture! 11/12/2012 17 comments Back in the 1950s, the Radio Hat was a portable radio built into a pith helmet that would bring in stations within a 20 mile (32 km) radius.
Hobbit safety video from Air New Zealand Engineering Pop Culture! 11/1/2012 6 comments As you embark on your long and exciting journey to New Zealand, you’ll be happy to know that a great adventure awaits you on board, in the form of a particularly well made Hobbit themed safety video, just in time for the big film’s release.
"Arrgghh," said I… Engineering Pop Culture! 10/31/2012 18 comments In which we discover yet another way in which Hurricane Sandy can mess up your day…
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