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Category: Electrical Engineering

Minimizing the risk of electric shock around pools and lakes

A danger that you can’t see or hear—electric shock in water—can easily go undetected. Electricity is deadly and often discovered only after it is too late. When alternating current of electricity is running through freshwater bodies, such as pools and lakes, there is risk that a person could succumb to electric shock drowning. Donald Burke, Ph.D., director of UAB’s Advanced Safety and Engineering Management concentration in the Master of Engineering Program, explains. “Electric shock drowning can occur in…

Doubling Down on Project Jengo

Jengo Fett by Brickset (Flickr) We knew the case against patent trolls was the right one, but we have been overwhelmed by the response to our blog posts on patent trolls and our program for finding prior art on the patents held by Blackbird Tech, which we’ve dubbed Project Jengo. As we discuss in this post, your comments and contributions have allowed us to expand and intensify our efforts to challenge the growing threat that patent trolls pose to innovative…

Digibank : App, Features & Concept Review of Paperless Banking

Digi Bank is part of DBS group, a leading financial services group based in Singapore. It has recently launched a branchless, paperless bank within India with an online only model, calling it out Digi Bank. The bank has a number of features including zero balance requirements, unlimited access to ATM’s, 7% interest rate and can be open by a person with a valid Aadhar Card and PAN card. To open a Digibank account, all you need is a smartphone, download…

Selecting Suitable PCB software for Electronic and Electrical Computer-Aided Design (ECAD)

College professors get excited whenever they see former students excel in various careers. For your students to grasp basic ECAD principles while developing practical experience, they need tried and tested design software. The good news is not all industry recognized ECAD design software are costly. You don’t have to burn holes through your pockets in order to use some of the best Protel PCB software since they offer a free trial version. How does one make the right choice when…

Netflix Conductor – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

In December 2016, we open sourced Netflix Conductor. We have been working hard since then to add more features, enhance the user interface for monitoring the workflows, and harden the system. We have seen an increase in usage, new use cases, feature requests, and lot of interest from the community. In this post, we will talk about a couple of major features we added to Conductor this quarter. IoC in Conductor Conductor makes it possible to reuse workflows and embed…

Is GM Building A Roadblock for Self-Driving Cars?

General Motors is trying to do something about self-driving cars, otherwise known as autonomous vehicles.  Besides their technical R&D efforts, a recent Associated Press report revealed that GM lobbyists have been busy in numerous U. S. states trying to get a particular bill passed that allegedly would protect the public from self-driving-car hazards.  But what it’s really supposed to do is to protect GM from having to compete with other self-driving car makers and experimenters. This is a big deal,…

WindTree – Harnessing Breezes for Electricity » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

WindTree – Harnessing Breezes for Electricity Posted on January 22, 2017  Comments (3) This style of wind power looks cool. The WindTree turns small breezes into electricity. Its production varies with the wind speed and its average output ranges between 1,500 kWh and 2,000 kWh. Peak power is 3,500 kWh. But I don’t see how it can be effective given the large cost. The WindTree is being offered for installation late in 2017 in the USA and Canada at $67,500…

Pepper – A Social Robot from Softbank » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

Pepper – A Social Robot from Softbank Posted on January 8, 2017  Comments (2) Pepper is a social robot developed in France and part of the Japanese conglomerate Softbank. Pepper robots are at work in retail stores in Asia and Europe as sales associates. The first personal robots have been available in Japan for 2 years now and may be available elsewhere soon. For now they are not designed for physical work; for now the focus is on interacting with…

Clifford Furnas and the Clouded Crystal Ball

In 1936, during the depths of the Great Depression, a professor of physical chemistry at Yale named Clifford C. Furnas published a book in which he tried to anticipate the next great advances in science and engineering during the following century.  His book was inspired by a visit he made to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, otherwise known as the “Century of Progress Exposition,” which marked the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Chicago.  A lot of the technical…

Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century

Are you a chemical engineer? or perhaps a chemical engineering student? Chemical Engineering is a universal engineering discipline compared to electrical, mechanical, civil, mechatronic, robotic engineering. When I studied my first degree 18 years ago, I do not know that much about chemical engineering related work and discipline. Most of my friends also were not sure what this field is all about. Interestingly, that time, and probably still this time, students decided to choose chemical engineering because they love chemistry.…