What were they thinking: Overly complex design
Engineering Pop Culture! 5/31/2013 12 comments
I think Wile E. Coyote was the kind of person who created many of the patents I find to write about in my “what were they thinking” series. You know what I mean – those absurdly complicated gadgets...
Engineering Pop Culture! 5/28/2013 10 comments
I've been playing with the Image Blender app on my iPad, and I have to say that it is a LOT of fun.
VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/26/2013 39 comments
I want a small box that can connect via WiFi to the Internet on one side and stream live television (in the form of a VHF signal) out of the other side.
My hat's off to Toshiba
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/21/2013 12 comments
So many product test videos show the products only in a good light, so the fact that some of these videos show the products failing puts an interesting spin on things.
The Beeriodic Table
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/14/2013 15 comments
My old chum Jack Olsen just sent me a really interesting image titled "The Periodic Table of Beer Styles".
Engineering Pop Culture! 1/7/2013 4 comments
sensors for plant pots, hemp headphones, Justin Bieber singing toothbrushes, quadcopter cameras and 3-D printed iPhone cases were just some of the odd gadgets on display at CES Unveiled Sunday Night.
Robotic lie detector
Engineering Pop Culture! 12/4/2012 11 comments
I remember one day when my friend Carl brought a lie detector to our junior high school…
Taser for kids
Engineering Pop Culture! 11/20/2012 14 comments
Specially engineered for children. Has a lower voltage output and smaller barbed spikes than the popular adult model compliance tool.
Man-from Mars Radio Hat
Engineering Pop Culture! 11/12/2012 17 comments
Back in the 1950s, the Radio Hat was a portable radio built into a pith helmet that would bring in stations within a 20 mile (32 km) radius.
Hobbit safety video from Air New Zealand
Engineering Pop Culture! 11/1/2012 6 comments
As you embark on your long and exciting journey to New Zealand, you’ll be happy to know that a great adventure awaits you on board, in the form of a particularly well made Hobbit themed safety video, just in time for the big film’s release.
"Arrgghh," said I…
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/31/2012 18 comments
In which we discover yet another way in which Hurricane Sandy can mess up your day…
Gadget guts? Try these for graphic graphics
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/29/2012 3 comments
As we become more and more attached to electronic devices, Peitersen’s art imagines devices taking on a whole biological being of their own, as grotesque as that may be at first glance.
Incredible Lego: great ball contraption
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/29/2012 Post a comment
The Great Ball Contraption (GBC) was built by a Japanese mechanical engineer Akiyuki, in his house over the course of two years. Or a total of a whopping 600 hours in construction time.
Engineering Gangnam style
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/26/2012 Post a comment
Gagnam Style, the Korean Pop sensation taking the world by storm, has moved its catchy beat up to the next level--artificial intelligence dancing robot style.
Engineer solves Cinderella glass slipper dilemma
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/12/2012 17 comments
Once upon a time, there lived a mechanical engineer who pondered a question that has bothered intelligent, curious children for years. Namely, what qualities would the glass in Cinderella’s slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably (and hold her weight)?
Great balls of robot
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/9/2012 2 comments
Simple looking on the outside, wildly complex on the inside, but mostly just a whole lot of fun to play with, Sphero from robotics company, Orbotix, is rolling full speed ahead.
Yes, it is art!
Engineering Pop Culture! 9/26/2012 5 comments
These ceramic versions of tin cans were created by a mathematician called Ned who specializes in chaos theory.
Intel's developer forum - what to expect
Engineering Pop Culture! 9/6/2012 4 comments
If you think the biggest event of next week is the Apple press conference, you’re clearly not a chip-head. For those of us deeply embedded and ensconced in the world of semiconductor hardware, Intel’s yearly developer forum held in San Francisco’s Moscone center is still a yearly highlight and this year won’t disappoint.
Early DIY electronics projects, 1910-1915
Engineering Pop Culture! 9/5/2012 11 comments
My experiences as a teenager building simple do-it-yourself automobile and radio electronics projects found in some volumes of “The Boy Mechanic” published between 1910 and 1915 and how it has affected my view of work.
Sensing a touchy-feely haptic future
Engineering Pop Culture! 8/24/2012 7 comments
Humans are rather emotional creatures. We rely heavily on our five senses to interact with the world around us, drinking things in with our eyes, ears, nose and mouth. We’re also a touchy-feely bunch, and it turns out, we’re really quite fond of pushing buttons. It’s that whole tactile feeling.
Mixed signals: Where are your manners?
Engineering Pop Culture! 8/21/2012 16 comments
Everyone knows that speaking with your mouth full is disgusting. It’s equally true that people talking loudly on mobile phones in public places is obnoxious. Put the two together and you literally have a recipe for gastronomical disaster, and restaurateurs are taking note.
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