2022-12-02 - Brian Dipert

Microphones: An abundance of options for capturing tones

After discussing speaker construction, Brian Dipert now tackles the other end of the audio reproduction chain: the microphone(s) employed for initial sound capture.

2022-12-01 - Brian Dipert

A technology forecast for 2023

Our intrepid engineer prognosticates the year to come, to be followed shortly thereafter by a look back at the past year.

2022-11-25 - Nicolas Rabault

Automated stair lighting project

Creating lighting for an 11-step staircase with a lower level that turns on and off automatically.

- Brian Dipert

Earbud implementation options: Taking a test drive(r)

Dynamic drivers, transducers reminiscent of those in speakers, are the traditional (and remain the highest volume) approach to implementing earbuds and other headphones, but upstart alternatives are also making (audio) waves.

2022-11-24 - Bill Schweber

How to enhance card-cage/chassis cooling capabilities

By improving the basic card-edge wedgelock, the thermal resistance from card to cage is reduced and heat has an easier time escaping a PC board.

2022-11-18 - Bill Schweber

Touchscreens defeat CTS

Predictions of a CTS epidemic due to excessive QWERTY keyboard use did not materialize due to widespread adoption of touchscreen devices.

2022-11-17 - Brian Dipert

2022 holiday shopping guide for engineers

Another year means another list full of techie gift ideas for others (if they’ve been nice) or yourself.

2022-11-11 - Steve Hageman

Successful hardware projects start with…

Running a design project with a design data sheet does not guarantee success, but it does tend to keep people focused on the important tasks.

2022-11-09 - Brian Dipert

Building a personal workstation: Picking up the pieces

This engineer's gamble on an "open box" AMD high-end desktop PC microprocessor didn't pan out for his planned high-end desktop (HEDT) build.

2022-11-08 - Bill Schweber

MRI story: Are our celebrity priorities misplaced?

We give considerable attention to Hollywood-type celebrities, but what about giving some to those who really create our technology developments?