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.
007 Movie Inspires Concept Cars Engineering Pop Culture! 7/22/2015 6 comments The new James Bond 007 movie inspires a never-before-seen concept car from Aston Martin, which engages on screen in a car chase against the hybrid Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar.
Self/less Sheds Electronic Brain Engineering Pop Culture! 7/9/2015 1 comment Self/less (the opposite of Selfish) is a new movie by Gramercy Pictures in which a dying "Damian"--played by Ben Kingsley--transfers his memories into the body of actor Ryan Reynolds.
Mowing & Methanol Engineering Investigations 6/8/2015 7 comments An autonomous lawn mower from iRobot may interfere with radio astronomy's use of methanol's radio signature as galactic markers.
When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo? Engineering Pop Culture! 5/28/2015 8 comments Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
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.
A Book For All Reasons Engineer’s Bookshelf 3/16/2015 3 comments If the measure of a good technical reference is how many times you pick it up for different reasons, Robert Oshana’s book tops the list.
Rosetta & the Comet Landing Engineering Pop Culture! 11/12/2014 54 comments The Rosetta spacecraft has a landing craft, Philae, which is today leaving the mother ship and making a 7 hour, 1 km journey to land on comet 67P.
Jolt Awards: The Best Books Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/8/2014 2 comments Software tools and techniques for global software development. Dr. Dobb's features articles, source code, blogs,forums,video tutorials, and audio podcasts, as well as articles from Dr. Dobb's Journal, BYTE.com, C/C++ Users Journal, and Software Development magazine.
Lack of Manual Labor Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/2/2014 2 comments The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways.
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.
The Other Tesla Engineering Pop Culture! 9/29/2014 6 comments This Indiegogo fundraiser is for a Tesla museum in the inventor's decaying lab in Shoreham, N.Y.
RadioShack: The End Is Nigh! Engineering Pop Culture! 9/15/2014 129 comments Perhaps this is the natural order of business -- Darwinism and RadioShack's impending demise open the door wider for companies like SparkFun and Adafruit to grow.
Book Review: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon Engineer’s Bookshelf 6/5/2014 3 comments This book has layers upon layers upon layers. Suffice it to say that you will be clenching your fists, and you won't be able to draw a breath while reading the last page.
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 2 comments 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.