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Drowning an Electric Imp in Oil
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2/6/2014   7 comments
Drown an Electric Imp in oil, and the signal degrades. However, are the reasons for that degradation the ones that you assume?
DARPA Open-Source Catalogue Now Easily Browseable
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2/5/2014   Post a comment
DARPA has released its catalogue of software and publications in an easily browseable format.
Open-Source Aquarium Automation: 5 DIY Systems
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2/4/2014   3 comments
There are a surprising amount of things that can be automated for a complex aquarium. With open-source development boards being very cheap and eaesy to use, there have been many projects surfacing to tackle some of this automation.
Automated Doggy Door Sets Canine Curfew
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2/4/2014   Post a comment
When you need to set firm curfew limits on your pets, sometimes a little bit of electronic help can make life easier.
Raspberry Pi: Hiding a Computer Inside Your Computer
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2/4/2014   5 comments
What better way to contain your Raspberry Pi than to put it inside your desktop!
Robot Writes Poetry With Sand
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2/3/2014   3 comments
Skryf is a mobile text-creating robot derived from a simple CNC concept.
What They Didn't Tell You in Engineering School, Part 2
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2/3/2014   1 comment
So you already know what your education included, what about the real world? How prepared were you for the world of engineering?
Homemade Portable 8-Bit Computing
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1/31/2014   2 comments
Missing the fun of programming a TI-84, but wanting something with a few more features, Jack set out to make something new.
Wearables Create Immersive Fiction
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The future of wearables just might not be exactly what most people think! What about entertainment and immersion?
What They Didn't Tell You in Engineering School, Part 1
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1/30/2014   19 comments
Surprisingly enough, engineering school doesn't teach you everything.
Building a Thermochromic Curved Display
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1/30/2014   8 comments
An interesting homemade display takes a different path than usual with surprisingly good results.
Cellular Controlled, 3D Printed, Rodent Chaser
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1/29/2014   3 comments
Scratch scratch scratch... Are those rats? Better build a robot to go investigate!
Shrinket, the DIY Trinket Clone
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1/28/2014   Post a comment
Building a clone isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it is a fulfilling and fun project.
80s Wearables: Puma & Adidas Were Ahead of the Game
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1/27/2014   9 comments
The concept of the wearable fitness tracker was already tried in the 80s but met with harsh criticism. What does this mean for the wearable future?
Spreading Microcontroller Love Through Free Blinky PCBs
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1/27/2014   Post a comment
Giving away toys is always good, but giving away toys that can help you learn microcontrollers is great!
Raspberry Pi Drives Lego Car
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1/24/2014   2 comments
Lego and engineering crash together to create an amazingly fun toy yet again. This time, there's a Raspberry Pi in the mix.
6 Giant Spider Bots You Can Ride
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1/23/2014   8 comments
One person's nightmare is another's wildest dream. If the thought of giant steel spiders piloted by peculiar individuals sounds good to you, check out these six eight-legged examples.
PegLeg, My First Robot
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1/23/2014   3 comments
Jeremy learned a lot building PegLeg, and he ended up with a pretty neat robot in the end, too!
10 Spider Bots That Make Your Skin Crawl
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1/15/2014   10 comments
Creepy crawly computerized critters for your enjoyment.
Everyone Needs a Spiderbot, No One Knows Why
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1/10/2014   2 comments
Everyone who has seen this video instantly exclaims their desire for one, but what would they do with it?
Antique Electronics Autopsy: Knock-Em Out Boxing
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1/10/2014   10 comments
The search for technical information on this mysterious game begins. See if you can find more than Caleb Kraft did.
DIY Lego Upgrade to 2.4 GHZ
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1/9/2014   7 comments
Lego makes an incredible building system but its controls fall short if you want to make radio-controlled cars. Brian shows us a fairly simple upgrade that makes a huge difference.
Contextual Electronics: Learning Electronics Online
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1/7/2014   5 comments
Contextual Electronics takes a new tack to teaching electronics online, where resources surprisingly lack diversity. It improves the situation with online courses and individual help, and it teaches you how to spec your own parts.
Speed2Design: The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory
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1/7/2014   2 comments
A tour of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Center in Houston shows what water and space have in common.
COO by Day, Race Car Driver by Night
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12/23/2013   Post a comment
An interview with Doug Makishima, the chief operating officer of D2 technology, who is a race car driver in his free time.
Speed2Design: Shaking Robonaut's Hand
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12/23/2013   2 comments
Shaking hands with one of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world is an experience you won't soon forget.
Speed2Design: Mission Control at JSC, Old & New
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12/18/2013   10 comments
An exploration into the way NASA communicates with and controls the ISS as well as a glimpse into the space agency's rich history.
Speed2Design: An Introduction to Littelfuse
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12/16/2013   1 comment
Behind the scenes at NASA with a handful of engineers is mind-meltingly amazing!
Developing, Hosting & Funding: 3 Different Approaches
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12/11/2013   1 comment
We take a look at three different ways to host and promote your electronics projects.
9 Communities Engineering Out Disability
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12/11/2013   5 comments
Use your engineering know-how to help others with different needs. This great list of resources is full of ideas for how you can participate in projects that improve lives.
Open Source in Space: Flight Software Workshop Begins
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12/9/2013   1 comment
Open-source code and its role in spaceflight software is one of many interesting topics to be discussed at the Flight Software Workshop this week. Here NASA JPL developers tell EE Times what's in the code.
Adding Wind to a Racing Simulation Setup the Easy Way
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12/6/2013   Post a comment
Feel the wind in your face as you race with this simple modification to your computer.
Unsettling High-Voltage Insanity
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11/4/2013   8 comments
The antics of an unstable person with access to high voltage are both mesmerizing and terrifying.
Don’t Forget to Wave at Saturn
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7/19/2013   24 comments
Earth will be in the picture when the Cassini deep-space probe images the whole Saturn system as it is backlit by the sun.
There's a high probability you’re an engineer if...
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6/19/2013   15 comments
A few fun ways to tell if you are likely an engineer.
MCUs igniting creative explosion
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Lowered costs and simplified development are democratizing MCU design, resulting in a burst of creativity.
Taiwan reversing brain drain
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5/17/2013   11 comments
Government funded research labs are enticing Taiwan's brightest expats to return in hopes of revitalizing the country as an innovator.
Time to start work on 400 Gigabit Ethernet
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4/11/2013   2 comments
John shares some thoughts about the rapid growth of the Web and social networking as he gears up for the first working meeting on 400G Ethernet.
Are you my third cousin twice removed?
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3/18/2013   21 comments
Have you ever heard the terms "second cousin" and "third cousin" and wondered what they meant?
London Calling: Do advisory boards work?
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3/6/2013   6 comments
Do advisory boards [do any] work or are they just there to add a bit of marketing gloss to a startup that might otherwise find it harder to gain share of mind?
What that first engineering job teaches
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3/5/2013   5 comments
Projects vs. products: here are some lessons you learn on your first real engineering job.
Can engineers effectively design at home?
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2/27/2013   38 comments
Yahoo's new policy against working at home wouldn't work for me. What do engineers think?
Mock Electronics: An Eclectic Emporium of Electronic Elements
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2/18/2013   43 comments
After complaining for years that there's nowhere to purchase electronic components locally, I've just been introduced to the most amazing electronics shop...
Would you marry an engineer?
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2/15/2013   12 comments
Would you make a life-long commitment to someone in the same field, with the same sort of thinking, and the same general tendencies?
Quotable Quotes (but don’t quote me)
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2/7/2013   43 comments
I must admit that I'm a sucker for a good quote. I like the philosophical ones and the thought-provoking ones and the funny ones and…
Grandpa, tell me about old displays
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2/6/2013   1 comment
Everything today is LED, LCD, LCD, LED, or LCD. Let's have a look at displays from a more interesting time.
The well-engineered µCurrent
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A $60 tool makes measuring low levels of current consumption easy.
Meet Test and Measurement World's Test Engineer of the Year
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Peter Spitzer, a member of the TRICENTIS team since 2008, honored for his achievements.
DesignVision winners announced at DesignCon
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1/29/2013   Post a comment
Mix of winners ranges from feisty startups such as Upverter to industry luminaries such as Mentor Graphics, TE Connectivity and Teledyne LeCroy.
Smoke re-concentrator refurbishes blown electronic components
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1/28/2013   30 comments
As one engineer told me: "It's amazing how much black smoke they can fit into even a small FPGA these days, and once it's out there is no getting it back in again – even if you catch it all in a jam jar."
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