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.
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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times