Electrical Engineers Designed This Shoe and That’s How It Should Be
Wearable technology is nothing new. Smart devices such as watches and glasses have become commonplace, giving us convenient access to all their features. In the same way that smartphones have untethered us from our desktops, smartwatches have released us from our phones.
EU Commission Approves $2 Billion Public Funds for High-End Chips and Driverless Cars Research
IoT technologies have added another layer to the meaning of a digital single market, a policy the European Union has been pushing forward since the adoption of the Digital Single Market Strategy in May 2015. The Internet of Things is connecting virtual and physical touch points and dissolving many of the previously unshakable cross-border limitations and will continue to do so, thus changing the tapestry of societies as we know them.
Global Electronic Component Shortages: Causes, Effects, and Mitigation
There is currently no end in sight for the electronics component shortage we have been plagued by in recent years. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, and a move towards more distributed digital hardware infrastructures such as Edge computing have pushed component manufacturers to the breaking point.
Why We’re Stuck with Lithium-ion Batteries (Maybe Forever)
Lithium-ion batteries not only mark the present–they may well be the future, too. Consumer demand, especially in the EV industry, is both pressuring and incentivizing manufacturers such as Tesla to keep the power supplies alive and kicking for the foreseeable future.
Why Everyone Loves App Notes and Hates Reading Them
Application notes are of course a major part of electrical engineering. These documents introduce technical products (such as ICs) with crucial information for customers–both engineers and general enthusiasts alike–but why are many readers dubious of them?
3 Implantable Medical Devices That Should Have Never Left the Lab
Since the first pacemaker was implanted back in 1958, there have been numerous developments and innovations in the area of implantable medical devices. By their very nature, these devices need to exist within the human body, and they are challenged by material, power consumption, size shrinkage and more.
Datasheets Are Terrible: Here’s How They Could Actually Be Useful
Whether you’re looking to purchase a 555-timer, switchgear, or a range of resistors for a personal project or on behalf of your company, chances are that you’ll need an official document from the manufacturer’s website presenting some information about the product. In this article, we are going to take a look at the typical electronic datasheet and suggest some aspects of this document that could be improved to become more helpful to users.
Why Is Planned Obsolescence and End of Support a Part of Component Manufacturing?
In the world of electronics, sales and marketing have changed the way products are created. Planned obsolescence is common, and consumers are conflicted about it. How can engineers meet demand by creating new and exciting products that also last longer than two years?