3-D printing electronic devices...that work! The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/28/2012 8 comments Scientists at the University of Warwick say they have invented a simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite able to work in even today’s low-cost 3-D printers.
GM's Chevrolets first to get Siri The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/28/2012 1 comment The firm made the announcement at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Tuesday, saying it would be the first of nine car makers to adopt Apple’s talking butler service, starting with the Chevrolet Sonic LTZ, RS, Spark 1LT and 2LT.
Video: Samsung stresses its smartphones The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/27/2012 5 comments Samsung is out to show the world how tough it is, or at least, how tough its smartphones are, with a newly released video showing the various (and rather rigorous looking) stress tests it puts its devices through.
Freescale's i.MX 7 canned as firm refocuses The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/21/2012 5 comments The mobile and tablet market can be a money maker for some and a deal breaker for others. For Freescale, it seems to be the latter, with the firm choosing to discontinue its high end i.MX 7 mobile processor line, in favor of lower powered chips aimed more at the internet of things.
Fighting fires with fuses The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/20/2012 3 comments Capdevielle’s day to day job consists of being on the front lines of circuit safety, answering scores of queries on a daily basis from engineers about product design, and where fuses fit in.
Videoconferencing gets real The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/17/2012 18 comments Panacast is a new system meant to emulate human visual perspective, in order to achieve real-time video streaming with a 200° field of view.
SPARC founder: Chip industry sorely needs innovation The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/16/2012 6 comments All human progress depends on the unreasonable man, said Khosla, lamenting the lack of innovation in the modern chip space and imploring engineers to have the guts to go that one step further, beyond the logical, beyond the assumed possible.
Sinofsky: Ambitious, abrasive, out of work The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/14/2012 7 comments While some mourned the loss of a figure dubbed "Microsoft's Steve Jobs" by the press, others claimed it was precisely Sinofsky's Apple-style arrogance that brought him down.
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