Pssst! Want a free robot? Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
Why Is It Always 'Someone Else’s Problem'? Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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.”
007 Movie Inspires Concept Cars Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
Self/less Sheds Electronic Brain Engineering Pop Culture! 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? 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.
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.