Open Hardware, Software & Minds
Engineering Pop Culture! 5/9/2016 6 comments
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?
Happy Square Root Day!
Engineering Pop Culture! 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?
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 I Love My SMU
Engineering Pop Culture! 12/24/2015 1 comment
How my Keithley source-measure unit became my favorite test instrument.
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!
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/9/2015 4 comments
Lusting for those early microprocessor days? Here’s a site guaranteed to sate your passion.
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...
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.