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June 2014 Cartoon Caption Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
7/2/2014   13 comments
July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Design Contests & Competitions  
7/1/2014   123 comments
Write a caption for our dumpster divin' engineer cartoon and you could win great fame and fortune.
June's Cartoon Caption Contest Is an Armful!!
Design Contests & Competitions  
6/4/2014   168 comments
Earn a chunk of your Andy Warhol fame by writing a clever caption for our June cartoon and you could win the colored original of the cartoon, signed by our esteemed illustrator Daniel Guidera.
Inspection Rejection: Why More Is Less in a Vision System
Engineering Investigations  
6/3/2014   3 comments
You rarely get anything extra for free. Engineers who work on vision systems know this. But sometimes other people believe that just putting a camera on it constitutes an effective inspection setup.
May's Cartoon Caption Contest Winner!
Design Contests & Competitions  
6/3/2014   Post a comment
Congratulations to Bart Nowak for submitting the winning caption for our May cartoon, after much hand-wringing by our judges, given all of the fantastic entries.
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.
Troubleshooting a Plumbing Problem the Electronics Way
Engineering Investigations  
5/29/2014   33 comments
Often water flow is used to explain basic electronics in the form of analogies. After learning the hard way, an engineer attempts to explain basic water flow in terms of electronics.
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   1 comment
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.
Spaghetti Code & Meatball Managers
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/20/2014   8 comments
How to deal with a meatball of a manager who issues an edict that makes no earthly sense? Ignore it.
Engineering’s Three Rules: Document, Document, Document
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/15/2014   11 comments
An engineer discovers the perfect tool to document her projects: The venerable three-ring binder.
EMI Encounters: Separate Your Outhouse & Well
Engineering Investigations  
5/14/2014   10 comments
We in the EMC/EMI world often use the saying "Don't put the well next to the outhouse" to describe large EMI sources located next to very sensitive victims.
April's Caption Contest Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
5/10/2014   4 comments
Congratulations to Russ Ingram. Who would have thought engineers could be so funny?
May's Cartoon Caption Contest
Design Contests & Competitions  
5/9/2014   87 comments
What, You Never Heard of a Noise Emitting Diode Before?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/6/2014   18 comments
An engineer fondly recalls the time-honored tradition of nicknames.
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.
The Case of the Crazy Conveyor
Engineering Investigations  
4/29/2014   8 comments
A new conveyor wreaks havoc in a newspaper printing plant, but what's to blame?
Two Cocky Techs Get Their Comeuppance
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/24/2014   12 comments
Two cocky technicians are dramatically humbled when they flip the power switch on a high-voltage simulator.
The Case of the Nonexistent Component
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
This engineer has a serious knack for choosing seemingly phantom components that never make it to the final design.
The USB Keys in the Urinal
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/23/2014   3 comments
Sometimes it's the people on the inside, not the outside, who unwittingly present the biggest security threat.
The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/11/2014   6 comments
How many cubic feet of soil can you fertilize with your excrement? This is the kind of problem that has to be solved if you're stranded on Mars and have to grow food to survive.
Surprise TOQ Teardown at EELive!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/10/2014   1 comment
You never know what will happen at EELive! You may be asked to do an impromptu teardown. You may walk away with some new toy!
Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/10/2014   62 comments
April's caption contest is a delight. Enter your best caption for a chance to win.
Kangaroo Bot Hops With Extreme Efficiency
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/9/2014   1 comment
In the world of robotic animals, Festo is certainly a shining star. Their latest creation, the Kangaroo, shows off interesting methods of recapturing pneumatic energy.
March's Caption Contest Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/7/2014   Post a comment
The caption contest winner for March is announced!
Open-Source Robotic Arm Comes to Life
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/3/2014   Post a comment
An open-source 3DOF robotic arm is so very appealing. Being cheap and accessible makes it irresistible.
Giant Wearable LED Matrix
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/2/2014   Post a comment
A wearable LED matrix is always fun, especially if it is big enough to be seen from blocks away!
Antique Electronics Autopsy: 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   16 comments
Jump inside a 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst for a look around. Antique Electronic Autopsies are a visual celebration of electronics of the past.
DIY Talking Multimeter for the Blind
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   5 comments
Building a voice module that reads the serial output of a multimeter is a noble cause, even if it isn't particularly cost effective.
Tiny Arcade Machine Holds Raspberry Pi
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   3 comments
This itty-bitty arcade machine packs quite a punch. You can play all kinds of games, thanks to PiMame.
Fluke Turns Tables & Donates to SparkFun
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/25/2014   18 comments
Fluke responds to the confiscated shipment of multimeters meant for SparkFun.
6 Science Fiction Authors Turned Inventors
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/24/2014   14 comments
Here are six great examples of science fiction authors who truly inspired new technology.
A $30K Fluke in SparkFun's Imports
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   8 comments
Fluke protects its trademark and SparkFun loses $30,000. I'm conflicted, what do you think?
Live Chat With Open-Source Hardware Panelists
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   3 comments
Join our live chat this Wednesday for an opportunity to ask our open- source hardware panelists for their thoughts!
Leveraging Open Source for Your UI at EE Live!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   Post a comment
Using open source can greatly improve the quality of your UI at considerably cheaper cost. Come to EELive! to learn how.
3D-Printing a Real Canal House With the KamerMaker
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/22/2014   Post a comment
3D-printing an entire home is a daunting task -- but one that KamerMaker is up to!
Quick Tip for Beautiful Solder Points
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/21/2014   7 comments
Beautiful soldering shouldn't be ignored. Make your circuits look pretty because you never know who will be looking.
RotoMAAK: Rotocasting Done Right
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/21/2014   Post a comment
Reduce the time required to reproduce parts considerably by rotocasting instead of repeatedly 3D printing. The RotoMAAK is a low-cost solution for rotocasting on Kickstarter.
The AT-ATX Power Supply
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/20/2014   3 comments
Everyone has a power supply, this guy has an AT-ATX. Rebel scum watch out!
3D Printed RFID Ring
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/19/2014   Post a comment
Wearables don't have to be flashy or fancy. They just have to be useful -- and not horribly ugly.
Stop Surfing the Learning Curve
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/19/2014   15 comments
Stop surfing the learning curve and develop a skill. You're just postponing your own advancement.
Easy Design in Your Browser With EasyEDA
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/19/2014   2 comments
The future of EDA might just be cloud based. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Robot Baboon Walks on 2 or 4 Legs
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/18/2014   Post a comment
This primate-inspired robot is capable of changing from quadrupedal walking to bipedal without issue.
Junk + Arduino = SVG Plotter
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/15/2014   Post a comment
Creating a new printer from an old printer is an interesting exercise in mining trash for parts.
A Real Ping Pong Bot
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/14/2014   2 comments
Are table tennis playing robots real or not? Some are, and some aren't.
3D Scanning With Kinect & Windshield Wiper Motor
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/14/2014   Post a comment
A DIY scanner that's big enough to scan an entire person.
Elegant Nixie Clock Hangs on the Wall
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/14/2014   1 comment
Nixie clocks are a dime-a-dozen and typically bulky -- lacking all elegance; this DIYer has created a uniquely appealing version.
LEDC: Business Card-Sized LED Clock
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/13/2014   2 comments
Looking for a fun project to show off? A simple clock catches people's attention, especially if it's the size of a business card.
BeagleBone Black: Detecting Dirty Dishes
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/12/2014   Post a comment
A BeagleBone is employed to help keep the dirty dishes from piling up in a hackerspace.
Brian's Portable Electronics Lab
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/11/2014   4 comments
There's a pretty good chance you've used your dining room table for a project at some point. If you've done that, you should check out this portable electronics lab.
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MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Testing
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June 2014 Cartoon Caption Winner
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Congratulations to "Wnderer" for submitting the winning caption for our June cartoon, after much heated conversation by our judges, given the plethora of great entries.

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Inspection Rejection: Why More Is Less in a Vision System
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Machine Fixes That Made Me Go 'DUH!'
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As you can see in my bio at the end of this article, I work as a manufacturing engineer. One of my favorite things that happens on a Friday late in the afternoon is to hear my phone ring ...

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