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DIY Laser Tag with a Pulse Laster Target and Display

Publish Date: August 4, 2017
Sometimes driving my cat crazy with a laser pointer just doesn't cut it. On occasion it would be nice to pre-occupy myself with delusions of adventure and a dynamic outdoor activity. The project uses a modified squirt gun with a pulse modulated laser and a receiver target detector and display. The assemblies are based on both Microchip 12F509 and an Arduino-based Pro Mini controller. The project works as a stationary target game, but some enterprising individual could easily adapt it to create their own home version of laser tag.

Skills gap: You don't need a BA to get a well-paying job

Publish Date: August 4, 2017
After being told for decades that you need a BA to succeed, people are starting to see the writing on the wall and the result is that college enrollment has declined for five consecutive years. It is no longer an “automatic choice” for seniors graduating from high school, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Laser Metal Deposition with Wire Process Used for Additive Manufacturing of Large Titanium Components

Publish Date: August 3, 2017
While additive manufacturing (AM) processes have come a long way in producing a variety of shapes and sizes in printed components using an array of materials, an ideal process for producing large monolithic titanium components with user-customized control has remained a challenge. This means the aerospace industry has been lacking an optimized AM process for plate material for components such as wing spars, bulkheads, and frames.

Managing Identities and Data Security Vital for Industrial IoT

Publish Date: August 3, 2017
Cybersecurity risks for industrial control systems are continuing to increase from threats via industrial espionage, to actual physical damage and financial loss due to downtime.  A key trend moving ahead is new technology addressing critical areas including asset and material tracking, enhanced HMI authentication and stronger VPN credentials.

ESC Boston 2018 Call for Speakers Now Open

Publish Date: August 3, 2017
The Call for Speakers for Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2018 is now open! No matter your expertise -- embedded hardware, embedded software, connected devices, or advanced technologies -- ESC gives you the chance to speak at the industry’s most comprehensive technical conference for embedded systems professionals.

It’s Time to Think About Our Goals for the IoT

Publish Date: August 2, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is at a key moment in its history, and the technical community needs to address the goals and risks of the technology, lest it be misused and abused, IoT expert Stacey Higginbotham will tell attendees at ARM TechCon in October.

Here’s Why We Keep Hearing About Autonomous Car Partnerships

Publish Date: August 2, 2017
Lately, it’s almost impossible to flip through the business pages of a newspaper without reading about an autonomous car partnership -- General Motors, Ford, BMW, or Toyota, teaming with up-and-coming tech companies with names like Nauto Inc., Mobileye N.V., SAIPS, Argo AI, Cruise Automation<

5 Tips for Setting Realistic Project Expectations

Publish Date: August 1, 2017
Quite a few companies and teams that I encounter have an expectations problem. They have unrealistic expectations for the time and effort that it takes to develop an embedded system. On the spectrum between pessimistic and optimistic, they typically blow past optimistic into the fantasy land zone. The result is often debilitating, stressful, late, and buggy embedded systems. What can development teams do to avoid unrealistic expectations? Here are five tips developers can use to help ensure they set expectations that are realistic and not fantasy.  

Tesla Rolls Model 3 While Citing Production Challenges

Publish Date: August 1, 2017
Amid a crush of publicity and a rollout that rivaled a modern rock concert, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk handed over the first 30 versions of the Model 3 electric car, but warned that production challenges still lie ahead. “The major challenge for us over the next six to nine months is how to build a huge number of cars,” Musk told an audience of cheering Tesla enthusiasts. “Frankly, we’re going to be in production hell for the next six months, maybe longer.”

Call for Speakers: Pacific Design &amp; Manufacturing 2018

Publish Date: August 1, 2017
Pacific Design & Manufacturing, North America’s premier conference that connects you with thousands of professionals across the advanced design & manufacturing spectrum, will be back at the Anaheim Convention Center February 6-8, 2018, and the Call for Speakers is now open!