Discarding Superfluous Pharmaceuticals
Engineering Investigations 1/13/2017 25 comments
It would be nice if pharmacies offered some sort of pharmaceutical disposal service so as to stop people from simply flushing unwanted medications down the toilet
Monkeying with Virtual Reality
Engineering Investigations 7/14/2016 4 comments
Augmented reality involves adding computer-generated sensory input to a real-world environment, but what if the computer deletes things from the scene?
Electromechanical Displays: The Nipkow Disk
Engineering Investigations 10/4/2015 Post a comment
How to get your oscilloscope to act like this maker favorite: the rotating contraption that makes a 3D display when spinning. Engineer Dennis Feucht has an idea to improve it. Maybe just in time for Halloween.
Mythbusters Tests Killer Drones
Engineering Investigations 7/30/2015 Post a comment
See what the team on Discovery Communications' TV series Mythbusters learned when they tested the safety of drones. The results might make you lose your head.
Mowing & Methanol
Engineering Investigations 6/8/2015 8 comments
An autonomous lawn mower from iRobot may interfere with radio astronomy's use of methanol's radio signature as galactic markers.
When Coding Errors Can Kill
Engineering Investigations 4/17/2015 7 comments
Under a mild-sounding title, software safety expert Sean Beatty will be presenting a design teardown for a detonator at ESC Boston.
Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations 10/1/2014 3 comments
Sometimes, it's the mundane things in electrical and electronic devices that make the difference. The strain relief on an air conditioner's line cord saved the day when the unit fell out of the window.
When Troubleshooting Is Like Going Down a Rathole
Engineering Investigations 5/29/2014 19 comments
It's really mind-boggling to think of what my hourly rate would be if I were paid for the actual time that I spent troubleshooting a problem to get to a fix. The challenge is to avoid going down a rathole.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Lady
Engineering Investigations 11/7/2013 4 comments
She was a hideous wreck, nothing but a scar on the face of our throwaway society. Troy Denton brought her back to life.