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Wait, that isn’t electronics...  As a fan of Terry Pratchett’s works I’m always on the lookout for new books by the author which are coming out. Although Terry has a progressive illness he has still managed to produce at least one book year on year much to the amazement of everyone, possibly himself and his fans.   One year in searching for live action adaptations of his books I happened upon a fan project, it must’ve been in 2011 and it was called “Terr ...
Today is Nikola Tesla's birthday and many rightly recognize him as one of the greatest, most influential engineers of all time. However, we want to know who do you personally recognize as the greatest? Were you inspired by a well known figure in engineering, or was it somebody far lesser known that inspires you and continues to do so?   Let us know in the comments below before Wednesday July 16th and we will pick the ten best comments to receive a pack containing these limited edition Niko ...
Tesla’s Wardenclyffe plant being constructed in 1904 to transmit energy across the Atlantic (Archive photo) On July 10 of this year, famed inventor Nikola Tesla would have been 158 years-old and while he’s been gone for some time now, his technology still lives on. Before coming to America, Tesla attended school in Karlovac (Croatia) where he was able to perform integral calculus in his head and - graduated a 4-year term in only three years. It was during this time that his father ...
A Shameful Introduction  First, a shocking truth about myself. Until a number of months ago, I did not know specifically who Nikola Tesla was, my first experience of the word Tesla was in the computer game Command & Conquer: Red Alert where by the Soviets used Tesla Coils to defend/attack (from) their enemy. Little did I know that these electricity inspired weapons were from principles and demonstrations by the famous engineer, Nikola Tesla. It is perhaps of some irony then, that it wa ...
It was my first engineering job and I was tasked with creating the new reliability system for our chip laser components. I had big dreams, I wanted to be able to test 256 individually addressable laser chips on a single board! Having this many high-current IO lines is difficult, unless you use a matrix! Simple, right? WRONG.   LED matrices allow individual LED's to be addressed individually. They look something like this:     So lets say I want to turn on D4 by setting AN1 hig ...
A few months ago we were luck enough to have engineer Seggy Segaran present this webinar. Seggy has over 35 years experience in engineering and takes this opportunity to pass on the knowledge he has gained in designing and launching over 30 products. Scroll down for the video. Image from York Press   If you enjoyed watching Seggy's webinar, you should note that he has also written a book on the subject, which is available from Amazon.     ...
Congrats! Someone thinks enough of you and the work to ask how much your services cost. The natural engineering approach would be to quickly quote them an hourly rate that you have already defined as what you need in order to make a living. That's not a bad approach, especially since it is so simple for everyone to understand. However the use of your time is not the only variable in play, and it is best to consider a few more aspects when writing a quote.   It's important to bear a few thi ...