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Japanese Kirigami Inspires Design of Flexible Circuits

April 10, 2018

Researchers have already found inspiration in the Japanese paper-folding art origami to design a bio-battery and a solar panel that could be used in space.

Innoviz Designed a LIDAR to Make Any Car Autonomous

April 9, 2018

LIDAR has been and is going to continue to be one of the key technologies behind self-driving cars. A January 2018 report from Research and Markets has predicted the global automotive LIDAR sensors market to grow with a CAGR of 35.2% over the period of 2017-2023. But LIDAR isn't perfect.

NASA X-Plane Aims to Stifle Sonic Booms

April 9, 2018

The Concorde was fast. Indeed, it was capable of speeds up to just over twice the speed of sound (Mach 2.04 or 1,354 mph) and flying from New York to Paris took just over 3.5 hours. But that speed came with issues, the biggest of which were the loud sonic booms created by the Concorde when flying faster than the speed of sound. The FAA banned overland supersonic commercial flights in 1973 because of the noise and complaints created by sonic booms. This meant supersonic flight was only allowed over oceans and sparsely populated areas.

The Top 5 Dangerous Assumptions Embedded Software Engineers Make

April 6, 2018

Whether we like it or not, we all make assumptions that form the foundation on how we think about and design embedded systems. In many cases, the assumptions we make are trivial and will have a minor impact on the systems we design or the companies we work for. Sometimes though, the assumptions that we make can be dangerous and affect whether our product or even our company will be successful. Let’s examine five dangerous assumptions that I often see teams in the embedded systems industry make.

Assumption #1 – The Hardware Works Perfectly

Benchtop Injection Molding Boosts Sumo Robot Production

April 6, 2018

Using a unique manufacturing strategy, entrepreneur Eric Parker can now scale up production and spread the influence of his Sumo Robot League farther and faster than he originally dreamed.

Parker, whose vision was to develop a product that brought software coding skills to middle school students, now sees a path to production volumes that are sometimes beyond the means of startup manufacturers. Today, he says, he can build ten Sumo Robots per hour, a figure that was once beyond his greatest hopes.

Are Small-Displacement Turbo Engines Reliable in the Long Term?

April 5, 2018

Small-displacement turbocharged engines made their biggest splash yet in January when the Honda Accord won the 2018 North American Car of the Year award, but experts are still split on the effect the technology will have on very long-term reliability.

Some say there isn’t enough data yet to determine how the smaller turbocharged units will behave for a growing number of consumers who want to keep their cars well beyond the US average of 11.6 years.