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.
Yes, it is art! Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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? Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
Radial keyboard design – rad or bad? Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
The EC’s new marketing tactic? Sexism Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
Why people like the British Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
The implant-amped brain Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
Vintage cars take to Indy 500 track Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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? Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 5/23/2012 4 comments Back in 2010, tooling from Ft. Myers to Dayton Beach in a Tesla took some pretty careful planning.
Luxury boats sink or swim by design Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
Engineering Ferrari Engineering Pop Culture! 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.
To infinity and beyond: NASA's Orion spacecraft Engineering Pop Culture! 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 Engineering Pop Culture! 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.