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posted in October 2013
Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws
News & Analysis  
10/31/2013   68 comments
With gag orders, code reviews locked in windowless rooms, and a car attached to a dynamometer, Bookout v Toyota had enough engineering intrigue to make a good thriller. But what the experts found was serious stuff. Here's how they showed the defects that cause unintended acceleration.
Uncle Sam Puts Out IoT Challenge
News & Analysis  
10/31/2013   39 comments
The US has kicked off a challenge to build and operate multiple test beds to show what can be done and what's lacking in the Internet of Things.
Toyota Case: Inside Camry’s Electronic Control Module
News & Analysis  
10/30/2013   45 comments
In many recent Toyota cases, one nagging question recurs: If software bugs are in the system, why have millions of owners never experienced unintended acceleration? The trial transcript explains the complexity.
Sensor Hubs Arrive for Android
News & Analysis  
10/30/2013   5 comments
Turnkey sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and context-aware functions are performed by Hillcrest's first sensor hub (SH-1), which come pre-integrated with Atmel's SAM D20 ARM Cortex M0+ based microcontroller.
Mobile Phones Too Crowded: Nobody Goes There Anymore
Blog  
10/29/2013   14 comments
More than 3.4 billion people -- nearly half the world's population -- own mobile phones, a Worldwatch Institute study.
Toyota Trial: Transcript Reveals 'Task X' Clues
News & Analysis  
10/29/2013   37 comments
Expert witness Michael Barr said he’s not allowed to talk about specifics on Task X. However, the trial transcript offers ample clues about what it does.
Cisco Re-Org Exemplifies Rise of IoT
News & Analysis  
10/29/2013   3 comments
Cisco created a new business unit and investment fund for the Internet of Things, an example of increasing corporate attention on IoT.
Slideshow: Imagining a Trillion Sensor World
Slideshow  
10/28/2013   20 comments
The organizer of the Trillion Sensor Summit is one of many executives trying to both accelerate and get ahead of the Internet of Things.
Beyond the Myth of the Artificial Pancreas
Blog  
10/25/2013   8 comments
The buzz around the artificial pancreas sometimes neglects the realities around this medical device.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed
News & Analysis  
10/25/2013   104 comments
Could bad code kill a person? It apparently did. The Bookout v Toyota Motor Corp. case, which blamed sudden acceleration in a Toyota Camry for a wrongful death, touches the issue directly.
Oklahoma Jury to Deliberate Toyota Acceleration Case
News & Analysis  
10/24/2013   9 comments
The focus of the Toyota case in Oklahoma is on software and electronics used in the electronic throttle control, rather than the entanglement of the accelerator pedal with a floor mat, which Toyota previously cited as the cause of accidents.
Nokia Guns for 6-Inch Phablets
News & Analysis  
10/22/2013   16 comments
Nokia showed off its first tablet (10-inch screen) and two six-inch screen 'phablets' at the company's annual event in Abu Dhabi.
Google Car Director Tamps Down Safety Expectations
Blog  
10/22/2013   32 comments
"Safety" is the strongest argument the automotive industry has trumpeted in its case for autonomous cars. The question is how truly effective we expect Google cars to be in terms of saving people's lives.
Nice Circuit, Ugly Schematic
Blog  
10/21/2013   33 comments
The wiring schematic is a standard part of a design’s "reveal." When it is done with the right engineering esthetic, it reflects well on the design and the designer.
Slideshow: ITS Touts Automation & Big-Data
Slideshow  
10/17/2013   9 comments
ITS World Congress turns out to be a confluence of disparate industries -- foremost among them automotive, mobile, telecommunications, and computers.
Brain Implants Near Milestone
News & Analysis  
10/16/2013   28 comments
NeuroPace is close to approval for the first brain implant that listens to, then acts, on brain activity -- a milestone in the rising field of neural electronics.
Are You Ready When Your Google Car Freaks Out?
News & Analysis  
10/16/2013   90 comments
There is one question everyone seems to avoid asking and answering: How does a self-driving car, when faced with a crisis beyond its program, hand control back over to the driver?
TI Launches Purpose-Built SoCs for Automotive Vision
News & Analysis  
10/16/2013   15 comments
TI is rolling out a new family of SoCs for automotive vision-processing applications. Based on heterogeneous system architecture, the ADAS SoCs are designed to run high performance vision-processing at low power.
Ex-Samsung Exec Leads Korea’s Specialty Fab to Expansion
News & Analysis  
10/11/2013   7 comments
Dongbu has been sharpening its strategy and steadily expanding capacity under Chang-Sik Choi, an ex-Samsung executive who arrived as president a year and a half ago.
Researcher Eyes Display on Contact Lens
News & Analysis  
10/8/2013   17 comments
An IMEC researcher demonstrated prototypes of an artificial iris, a first step on the way to a contact lens display.
IoT Interfaces May Come From Biology
Blog  
10/8/2013   5 comments
Work in biological interfaces could provide help needed to define sensor protocols for the Internet of Things.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns
News & Analysis  
10/7/2013   19 comments
Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino
News & Analysis  
10/3/2013   19 comments
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on the Maker Faire Rome stage to show an Arduino-compatible board using Intel's new Quark processor.
What’s Going Through This Driver’s Head?
Blog  
10/3/2013   45 comments
The idea of self-driving cars is stirring discussion, not just on technology and safety, but also the legal implication. And then, there is one more item making some people nervous.
Seeking the iPhone of Wearables
Blog  
10/2/2013   6 comments
It's time to think different in mobile, but we may need some new enabling technologies. Energy harvesting, where are you?
Auto Market Challenges Chipmakers’ Stamina
News & Analysis  
10/1/2013   25 comments
I don’t think I’m alone in wondering why any chip company these days would stay in the automotive electronics market.
Slideshow: Wearables Warm Up San Francisco
Slideshow  
10/1/2013   14 comments
Smart watches, glasses and a few other electronic accoutrements were on display at the inaugural Glazed event in San Francisco's Old Mint Building.


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Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer

Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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