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Replacing Tantalum Bypass Capacitors with Multi-Layer Ceramic Devices
Engineering Investigations  
11/22/2016   20 comments
In addition to exploding, Tantalum capacitors almost always fail to a short if you reverse their polarity or exceed their working voltage.
Cosmopolitan Collaboration Companies
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/15/2016   3 comments
Co-workers from around the world add variety and creativity to the workplace; also, company pot-lucks are tasty affairs.
What Is Best & Worst STEM-Related Music Ever?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2016   41 comments
We've all seen hard disk drives being used to play music, but what about robots and Tesla coils? Tell us what your favorite STEM-related songs and music are that you love to hate or hate to love.
Best Source for Low-Cost High-Quality Cables?
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2016   11 comments
Even if you are happy employing low-cost cables for your hobby projects, would you use them for a commercial product?
Book Review: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/14/2016   20 comments
The algorithmic strategies that have been honed for computers turn out to be applicable to our daily lives.
Book Review: Electronics for Kids by Øyvind Nydal Dahl
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
9/12/2016   Post a comment
The title notwithstanding, this is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages -- anyone who wishes to dip their toes in the electronics waters.
India’s “Huaqiang North:” Can Indian & Chinese Dreams Both Be Achieved?
Engineering Investigations  
8/29/2016   4 comments
The “Indian Dream” would not be possible without the help of Chinese manufacturing, and the “Chinese Dream” is also inseparable from realizing the huge market opportunities in India.
Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
8/22/2016   2 comments
The great thing about this tome is that it provides a balanced and nuanced view about both the technology and the people behind the technology.
Empire of the Air
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
8/3/2016   2 comments
Patent litigation, shady deals, Eros, and brilliant inspirations all contributed to the history of radio.
The IoT Library: Integrating Smart Power & Tech Key to Smart Home
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/25/2016   Post a comment
Despite all our advances notwithstanding, few people have ever actually seen a smart home, while even fewer have ever lived in one. Full potential of the smart homes and commercial buildings requires a new approach.
Intel Takes Another Step into Arduino World
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/15/2016   5 comments
I've designed a fair number of PC boards with an Arduino-compatible heart, but I want more power, which sent me to the Edison.
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?
How Can a Young Software Developer Learn Hardware Design?
Engineering Investigations  
7/13/2016   35 comments
Few companies have mentoring programs these days, and older engineers are too busy to teach their younger counterparts.
If You Could Have the Ideal Programmable Logic Device, What Would it Be?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2016   28 comments
An FPGA advert from 30 years ago really emphasizes the tremendous strides that have been made in programmable logic technology.
Precision Control of a Radio-Controlled Submarine
Engineering Investigations  
6/13/2016   63 comments
Precisely controlling the depth of an RC submarine using a ballast tank may be achieved using a variety of different sensors and techniques.
Analog Design: Three Free eBooks
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/18/2016   17 comments
The real world is analog in nature, so it behooves digital designers to at least have a grasp of what it takes to dip ones toes in the analog waters.
IoT Library: Wirelessly Reprogrammable Software-Defined Battery-Less Computers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Mobile phones and similar portable, wearable electronic devices will be first to have this technology but its impact on design will be much wider.
Where Are All the TEM-Based Bar Jokes?
Engineering Investigations  
5/16/2016   64 comments
When you come to think about it, it looks like the 'S' (science) portion of STEM-related bar jokes is well-covered, but what about the 'TEM'?
How Do You Know When an Engineer is Cooked?
Engineering Investigations  
5/12/2016   40 comments
How can you tell when an engineer is ready to leave the nest and soar wild and free through the engineering skies?
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?
Novel Soldering Technique Using Pseudo TIG Welder
Engineering Investigations  
4/28/2016   13 comments
Although it claims a 100-year life, the power LED in this video comes to an early demise.
IoT Library: Mesh Networks Ideal for Smart Home Control Applications
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/27/2016   1 comment
Mesh networking is emerging as an ideal design solution for interconnecting a large number of network devices.
Time Portal Tribute to Classic Science Fiction Films of Yesteryear
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/26/2016   64 comments
Can you suggest any classic science fiction movies and TV shows that should be represented via images in the Caveman Diorama Time Portal?
Finally, a Marketer Who Understands Engineers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/25/2016   9 comments
Smart Marketing for Engineers shows that it's possible for a non-engineer to understand how engineers think.
The Best Oophalopompatronium I've Seen Today!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/20/2016   15 comments
Who amongst our number would not love to have one of these little beauties at our disposal?
IoT Library: Raspberry Pi’s ARM Processor Internet Ready
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/18/2016   Post a comment
Raspberry Pi’s 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor with WiFi and Bluetooth is now Internet ready
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?
Very Affordable & Incredibly Useful Electronic Component Testers
Engineering Investigations  
3/31/2016   28 comments
These testers would be worth the money if all they did was test capacitors -- the fact that they also work with resistors, inductors, diodes, and transistors is cream in the cake.
Standing at the Crossroads of Coherence & Delusion
Engineering Investigations  
3/30/2016   36 comments
We are all travelers of the infinite. The galaxy is calling to us via a resonance cascade. Can you hear it?
Uber-Cool iClever Folding Bluetooth Keyboard
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/21/2016   28 comments
This little beauty's case is formed from aluminum, and the way in which it folds and unfolds is really rather clever.
IoT Library: Diffie and Hellman’s Public-Key Cryptography Wins ACM
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/18/2016   Post a comment
The battle between Washington and Silicon Valley over encryption and intelligence gathering wasn’t always the conspicuous battle it has become.
Cunning Chronograph: Outfoxed by Daylight Saving Time
Engineering Investigations  
3/16/2016   3 comments
What is required is an algorithm that can take the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second values from our RTC and tell us if we're currently in DST.
Exploding Capacitors: True Story of Blast from Past
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/15/2016   Post a comment
A true story of how an exploding capacitor delayed the development of part of the British computer industry by at least six months.
What Is Your Favorite Electronics Shop?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/12/2016   2 comments
I have many fond memories of various electronics shops. What's your favorite?
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.
IoT Library: Intelligent Hall-Effect Sensors Open New Application Doors
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/10/2016   Post a comment
In the age of ultra-low power, the sub-microamp, intelligent, Hall-Effect sensor may be the smartest sensor around.
Are Your Charging Habits Degrading Your Smartphone & Tablet?
Engineering Investigations  
3/9/2016   12 comments
Recharging your smartphone or tablet computer when it's down to 50% charge may significantly extend the service life of your battery.
Book Review: Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/8/2016   9 comments
"Learn to Program with Minecraft" offers an incredibly user-friendly, intuitive, and innovative approach for learning the Python programming language.
I'm Ready to be Obducted -- Take Me!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/4/2016   14 comments
Obduction -- the spiritual successor to Myst and Riven -- is scheduled for release in June 2016; the Oculus Rift is anticipated in July!
IoT Library: Wireless Sensor Networks Tuned for Big Data Collection
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/1/2016   Post a comment
Wireless sensors used in sports broadcasts, for one example, are giving us more data to play with.
The Great Capacitor Plague of the Early 21st Century
Engineering Investigations  
2/25/2016   17 comments
Humongous numbers of capacitors manufactured between 1999 and 2003 started to fail in systems around 2002 to 2005...
Book Review: The Inventor's Dilemma by David J. Gerber
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/23/2016   19 comments
It's not too much to say that H. Joseph Gerber played an essential role in transforming American industry and boosting the nation's economy.
IoT Library: Hybrids & Electrics--the Electronic Car in the Modern Age
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/17/2016   4 comments
What exactly is under the hood of these hybrid and electric wonders?
IoT Library: Infrared LEDs Boost Machine Vision, Day and Night
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/12/2016   1 comment
Where do you go for in-depth, insightful help in understanding and selecting IR LEDs for CCTV application requirements?
Mars Ate His Spacecraft
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/11/2016   Post a comment
Renowned around the world as being an embedded engineer's embedded engineer and a consummate speaker, Jack Ganssle's presentations are "must-see" events.
A Century Ago, Einstein’s General Relativity Solved an Orbital Measurement Discrepancy
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/9/2016   5 comments
The now well-known theory was used to explain a tiny discrepancy between Newtonian equations of Mercury's orbit versus observed data.
IoT Library: Sensor Design & Fusion in the Age of Smart
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/2/2016   Post a comment
IoT designers need to learn how to integrate entire databases of “perceptual information” from data-rich sensors into future products.
Which Coding Standard is Best for Embedded Software?
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/26/2016   62 comments
Even beginners can read the Embedded C Coding Standard in only one evening, but it will dramatically change the way they write their programs in the future.
IoT Library: To Better Living Through Biosensors
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/18/2016   1 comment
New biosensors and bioelectronics systems work with smartphones and wearables. How are you designing with these sensors and where can we find the best information about them?
Book Review: Junkyard Jam Band by David Erik Nelson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/15/2016   6 comments
The bottom line is that Junkyard Jam Band is a winner that describes how to build instruments suitable for all ages.
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