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Great balls of robot
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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.
What were they thinking: relief for inebriated guys?
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9/28/2012   8 comments
OK, guys. How many of you remember being drunk? And yes, I am being sexist because this invention is only for guys...
Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock
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9/27/2012   15 comments
Ha! 10 points to me I think!
Silicon Valley Nation: Of touchdowns and technology
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9/27/2012   8 comments
The controversy over an NFL touchdown pass that wasn't has again highlighted our relationship with our technology.
Yes, it is art!
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9/26/2012   5 comments
These ceramic versions of tin cans were created by a mathematician called Ned who specializes in chaos theory.
Intel's developer forum - what to expect
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9/6/2012   4 comments
If you think the biggest event of next week is the Apple press conference, you’re clearly not a chip-head. For those of us deeply embedded and ensconced in the world of semiconductor hardware, Intel’s yearly developer forum held in San Francisco’s Moscone center is still a yearly highlight and this year won’t disappoint.
Early DIY electronics projects, 1910-1915
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9/5/2012   11 comments
My experiences as a teenager building simple do-it-yourself automobile and radio electronics projects found in some volumes of “The Boy Mechanic” published between 1910 and 1915 and how it has affected my view of work.
Sensing a touchy-feely haptic future
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8/24/2012   7 comments
Humans are rather emotional creatures. We rely heavily on our five senses to interact with the world around us, drinking things in with our eyes, ears, nose and mouth. We’re also a touchy-feely bunch, and it turns out, we’re really quite fond of pushing buttons. It’s that whole tactile feeling.
Mixed signals: Where are your manners?
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8/21/2012   16 comments
Everyone knows that speaking with your mouth full is disgusting. It’s equally true that people talking loudly on mobile phones in public places is obnoxious. Put the two together and you literally have a recipe for gastronomical disaster, and restaurateurs are taking note.
Silicon Valley Nation: The end of Silicon Valley?
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8/20/2012   4 comments
Yammer CEO David Sacks thinks Silicon Valley is dead. Really? Really?
Volkswagen engineers underwater car for shark week
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8/15/2012   6 comments
Here on EE Times, we may be more accustomed to writing about FinFETS than shark fins, but we’re about to make an exception.
Video: mobile chips are like pizza
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8/3/2012   5 comments
I don’t know about you, but my biggest challenge in this industry has always been trying to persuade people that hardware is sexy.
Radial keyboard design – rad or bad?
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7/18/2012   19 comments
Re-inventing the wheel is so last century. Irish company, BeeRaider, wants to re-create your keyboard, with a radical new design it claims is far superior to QWERTY.
Engineering disasters
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7/12/2012   92 comments
What good is a scar if you can’t show it off?
Is it real, or is it Photoshopped?
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6/28/2012   9 comments
These days we have all sorts of incredibly sophisticated tools at our disposal, both to create fake images and to detect them.
The EC’s new marketing tactic? Sexism
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6/27/2012   30 comments
In what appears to be an institutional attempt to patronize and condescend to women everywhere, the European Commission’s marketing team has released a YouTube video of a group of giggly girls in lab coats, apparently manicuring their way to a science degree.
Mega-cool micro-design contest
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from that young man-about-town Richard Quinnell – the editor of Microcontroller Central – that he's running a micro-design contest.
I love Stanley (and Stanley loves me)
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6/18/2012   22 comments
I'm waiting for someone to say "Excuse me, do you happen to have any jumper cables," so that I can proudly whip out my Stanley...
Why people like the British
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6/18/2012   13 comments
Knowing that I'm from England, a friend just sent me a humorous email that purports to contain true snippets from British Newspapers.
What were they thinking: mowing a lawn
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6/15/2012   9 comments
Child labor laws are somewhat strict in this country, but after you see how much energy kids have, it seems a shame not to try and capture it in some way…
Buzz words can kill the buzz
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6/14/2012   3 comments
Ever been confused by buzzwords, acronyms or other such things in presentations. What are you pet peeves?
Hack, ack!
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6/6/2012   15 comments
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SparkFun gears up for fourth autonomous vehicle competition (AVC)
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
SparkFun's AVC event welcomes inventors worldwide to battle it out for $1,000 prize in this annual race.
The implant-amped brain
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6/3/2012   6 comments
My grandmother used to tell me, “The world is wiser and weaker.” She spouted many of these gems, but these words came to mind when I read a recent blog.
Weili Dai to grads: Follow your passion
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6/1/2012   3 comments
In a commencement address at UC Berkeley last month, Weili Dai, co-founder of Marvell, urged new engineering grads to follow their passion, not their enthusiasm.
Most engineers are lazy…and that's often a good thing
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5/30/2012   35 comments
Lazy people can also be the most effective and productive, it seems to me.
One way to honor the inventor of the TV remote control
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5/27/2012   6 comments
The Clicker is an all-in-one uber-gadget that fuses the remote control with the ever-important bottle cap opener…
The consequences of tight engineering rules
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5/26/2012   7 comments
Tight racing rules may constrain engineering teams, but it helps more companies participate in events such as the Indy 500.
Vintage cars take to Indy 500 track
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5/26/2012   4 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 on Saturday, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Back home again in Indiana
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5/24/2012   Post a comment
Watch for coverage of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend as we follow KV racing engineers' efforts to win the prestigious race.
What makes a good engineering culture?
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5/24/2012   13 comments
An interesting post cropped up on Quora this week, entitled “What makes a good engineering culture?” Edmond Lau, a software engineer at the question and answer network, said the thought had occurred to him after hearing hundreds of young engineers during job interviews describe what they liked or disliked about the culture of their previous company.
Tour d’Tesla
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5/23/2012   4 comments
Back in 2010, tooling from Ft. Myers to Dayton Beach in a Tesla took some pretty careful planning.
Can advanced tools actually slow us down?
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5/23/2012   15 comments
Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive, in life and in engineering
Luxury boats sink or swim by design
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5/23/2012   7 comments
Italians are well accustomed to creating luxury products for world markets, from fashion to fast cars and, of course, food. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that another luxury on Italy’s long list of high-quality exports includes Yachts for the mega-rich.
How's this for adroit engineering?
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5/21/2012   4 comments
Algorithm detects drowsy driving.
Slideshow: Team readies lunar rover for Google space contest
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5/18/2012   8 comments
A German team competing in Google's Lunar X-PRIZE competition plans to land its "Asimov" lunar rover on the surface of the Moon in 2014 in a bid to claim the contest's $20 million grand prize.
OMG – I want my own VGo robot avatar!
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5/18/2012   12 comments
Is this all “pie-in-the-sky”? No – it’s happening here and now!
Engineering Ferrari
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5/18/2012   5 comments
Nothing but pasta could possibly be more representative of Italian sumptuousness than Ferrari, the sexy luxury race car brand that made its debut in 1947 with the 125S, produced in Maranello, Italy, and bearing the Ferrari trademark.
Americans should stop whining about gas prices!
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5/17/2012   12 comments
Gas was much cheaper when I first came to America 22 years ago, but even today the price isn’t too bad compared to many other countries…
"Hi, I’m your data; can you hear me now?"
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5/16/2012   13 comments
Extracting insight from mounds of data may benefit from using old techniques
Wow – I am “tickled pink” as they say!
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5/15/2012   3 comments
Being “tickled pink” refers to enjoyment great enough to make the recipient glow with pleasure – which certainly describes my current state of being…
Tales from the entrepreneurial trenches: Dermott Lynch - Part 2
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5/15/2012   1 comment
This is the first in a new series of articles that talk about the lessons learned by entrepreneurs in the course of their success and failure…
The Prague Astronomical Clock – A testimony to timeless quality
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
Last Sunday at noon I had the good fortune of being in Prague at the Old Town Hall, site of the Prague Astronomical Clock.
What were they thinking? Stopping a car
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5/4/2012   13 comments
With the power series over, it is time to reinstate some fun. How would you stop a car?
To infinity and beyond: NASA's Orion spacecraft
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5/4/2012   13 comments
Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), the “Orion” has been described by NASA as the “space craft for the future.” And as little future astronauts clambered all over the craft at the Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, EE Times talked to its designers at Lockheed Martin to learn more.
Taking kids on a Robodyssey
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5/4/2012   3 comments
David Peins and Brian Patton founded Robodyssey systems back in 2001 to develop and provide instructions to kids interested in electronics and building their own robots.
Three days of fun and science … for some
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5/2/2012   14 comments
Everyone was having fun, except for a conspicuous group who clearly disdained anything that looked like learning.
Disruption in the engineering classroom
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5/2/2012   10 comments
Lab-in-a-box is not only giving students more flexibility in engineering classes, it's changing the very nature of the classes themselves
Questions re the concept of "ground" and related "stuff"
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5/2/2012   20 comments
Earth ground, chassis ground, common, signal ground, voltage ground ... my head hurts!
Amazing time-lapse shots from Cassini and Voyager
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4/30/2012   6 comments
Words like mesmerizing, stunning, inspiring come to mind watching this time-lapse video of images from the Cassini and Voyager space probes.
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