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…
Gadget guts? Try these for graphic graphics Engineering Pop Culture! 10/29/2012 3 comments As we become more and more attached to electronic devices, Peitersen’s art imagines devices taking on a whole biological being of their own, as grotesque as that may be at first glance.
Incredible Lego: great ball contraption Engineering Pop Culture! 10/29/2012 Post a comment The Great Ball Contraption (GBC) was built by a Japanese mechanical engineer Akiyuki, in his house over the course of two years. Or a total of a whopping 600 hours in construction time.
Engineering Gangnam style Engineering Pop Culture! 10/26/2012 Post a comment Gagnam Style, the Korean Pop sensation taking the world by storm, has moved its catchy beat up to the next level--artificial intelligence dancing robot style.
Engineer solves Cinderella glass slipper dilemma Engineering Pop Culture! 10/12/2012 17 comments Once upon a time, there lived a mechanical engineer who pondered a question that has bothered intelligent, curious children for years. Namely, what qualities would the glass in Cinderella’s slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably (and hold her weight)?
Great balls of robot Engineering Pop Culture! 10/9/2012 2 comments Simple looking on the outside, wildly complex on the inside, but mostly just a whole lot of fun to play with, Sphero from robotics company, Orbotix, is rolling full speed ahead.