Kid-Friendly Science Museums We Love
News & Analysis 7/30/2014 21 comments
In summer, parents find themselves groping for the perfect spot to take the kids -- some science or tech museum where they might learn something. We asked our editors to recommend favorites in their neighborhoods.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 16 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
News & Analysis 7/10/2014 8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall
News & Analysis 6/6/2014 15 comments
General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software
News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments
There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance
News & Analysis 5/20/2014 1 comment
By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Fluke Connect: A Cool Concept That Begs for More
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 15 comments
Connecting handheld measurement instruments to smartphones makes sense because so many engineers have both. Fluke Connect is a concept that is a great start, but will immediately leave you asking it to do more.
When Apps Attack
News & Analysis 5/1/2014 16 comments
Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
The Ampere, Redefined
News & Analysis 4/11/2014 24 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
Power Week-in-Review: The Ampere Redefined & PV Power Plant in a Box
News & Analysis 4/3/2014 1 comment
This week, the venerable electrical base unit of current -- the ampere -- may be looking at a definition makeover, a portable solar plant for use in areas without electricity makes its debut, and the introduction of what is claimed as the industry's most efficient ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
News & Analysis 4/1/2014 20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
News & Analysis 3/19/2014 3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis 3/18/2014 19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.