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7 Dec 2011

For the first time, hardware can be collaborative in real time! Work on a design with your team, in real time! See what they are editing while you edit! Sign up for free to give it a try! Exclamation mark!

Michael Woodworth writes:

Add your team by username or email to invite them to work with you on your design. It has never been easier to add people to your design!

And while we were at it, we thought that we should give the project pages a face lift! So we called on our design surgeon to give us the great new look that you can see here.

Plus, we’ve added a ton of awesome features that you should know about!

  • Favouriting parts: We are making it easier to find parts that you know and like to use. Search will be taking this into account when you are logged in. I can’t wait to see my favourites skyrocket to top of search!
  • Tutorials: We’ve created a tutorial section to help you navigate the site and use our features.
  • Easier part creation: Introducing mouseless part creation! When editing pins on a part, just press enter to save it and go to the next pin, all the way around the part.
  • Fork with history: Design history is now copied when you fork a design. Try forking one of our featured designs. And while you’re at it, take a look at the project fork list on the project page.
  • Gravatars: We’ve hooked up your profiles to Gravatar. If you didn’t have a Gravatar, you get a little robot!
    Increased tool stability: We’ve been busy making lots of improvements to the schematic capture tool, to increase its stability and help us track down bugs in the future.
  • Netlist and export fixes: Some designs would not export netlists or to our open JSON format, but we’ve been good little beavers and this has been fixed.
  • Now with more exclamation marks!

Upverter.com – Real-Time Collaboration & Shared Designs – [Link]

5 Dec 2011

Underscoring an unwavering commitment to be an end-to-end resource for design engineers and enthusiasts, element14 today announced they will host a two-day virtual event “The element14 Innovation Series,” taking place Jan. 16-17, 2012.

The two-day virtual extravaganza will unite industry leaders from top manufacturers including Microchip, Texas Instruments, Freescale, ST and Micrium , to identify emerging trends in the different fields of electronics engineering—from medical and robotics to alternative energy and more. Anyone interested in the event can register now to discuss design challenges and solutions, and chat live with the experts implementing the latest and most up-to-date technology of today.

“The element14 Innovation Series” – Uncover the next generation of innovation – [Link]


30 Nov 2011

Two exciting updates from element14 this week:

  • New 2012 Catalog: Now available in a new customizable online format, a version enabled for iPads, as well as the ever-popular print edition.  element14 users can now create their own unique catalog tailored to their needs, as well as opt to bookmark, email or print a specific page. element14 is the first electronics distributor to have a customizable catalog – check it out at: http://www.newark.com/ecats
  • Innovators of Tomorrow: element14 recently kicked-off a new discussion series inviting the community to share thoughts on the innovators of tomorrow – who is the next Steve Jobs –  as well as emerging technologies and trends. The community feedback will help fuel element14’s future Innovation series. Your readers can learn more at  www.element14.com/innovators

element14 unveils first customizable catalog – [Link]

29 Nov 2011

DrawSCH is able to create schematics online for free,You don’t need to install the software. Just open your browser.

  • You can share your schematics with your firends or on forums or BBS
  • You can export your schematics as png or as jpg image, Pdf will be supported latter.
  • You can ask someone to help you to modify your schematics
  • Try it ,you will find it very useful
  • Browser Support: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE9, IE6, IE7, IE8

Draw schematics online  – [Link]

28 Nov 2011

@Wolfram_Alpha FM Synthesizer – play sin(440 pi t + 16(1 – t) sin(711.92 pi t)) – [via]

@Wolfram_Alpha FM Synthesizer – [Link]

28 Nov 2011

Jeff Keyzer, a/k/a MightyOhm, has created an awesome new group on Flickr called “Electronics Workbench”. He writes: [via]

Ahh, the electronics workbench – shrine to the electron, the diode, the transistor, the soldering pencil and flux pen.

You can learn a lot about someone by looking at their workspace. Note the way that they store components (in pullout drawers or plastic organizers?), hang test leads (on hooks or wire racks, or on a nail?), and keep spools of wire at the ready for repairs and new projects.

A look at someone’e electronics workbench gives you a small glimpse into what is usually a fairly personal space – a space where visions become reality and electronics projects are brought to life.

While there are quite a few electronics workbenches on flickr, I determined after a quick search that there had been no attempt to bring all of these glimpses into a hobbyist or engineer’s soul together into one place.

It’s open to everyone, so if you’ve got photos of your own bench, add it to the group!

Electronics Workbench – [Link]

27 Nov 2011

“50+ pages of info on using KiCad now available” – [via]

Tutorials and help with using KiCad, the free PCB esign suite, for Windows, Linux and Mac

KiCadHowTo.org – [Link]

10 Nov 2011

Tinkercad – Design physical things in your browser – [via]

Have your first 3D project ready for printing in minutes. Tinkercad is a new and faster way of creating designs for your 3D printer. With the help of the latest web technology you can now use a solid modeling CAD directly in your browser.

The user interface is designed to get things done fast and to be quick to learn. With only three basic tools you can create a wide range of useful things. Once your project is ready simply download the STL file and start your 3D print.

Tinkercad – Design physical things in your browser – [Link]

9 Nov 2011

Ian writes:

Thank you participating in the Open 7400 Competition. All the entries were amazing, check out the full list here.

Four judges, Dave Jones from EEV Blog, Jayson Tautic CEO of TAUTIC ELECTRONICS LLC, Marc Alexander from Freetronics, and Dino Segovis from Hack A Week, and Ian from Dangerous Prototypes each made a top ten list. The projects with the most votes were awarded prizes.

With unanimous consent of all judges, and also the reader’s choice winner, 7400 Capacitive Touch Array (Capacitive touch sensing the hard way) wins the grand prize of $100 and first pick of the prizes.

Nine entries took second place with votes from 2 judges. These winners get next pick from the prizes.

22 entries placed third with the vote of at least 1 judge. They get to pick a prize too.

Thanks again for entering, we hope to see you again next year! Thanks to the sponsors

Electronics-Lab.com is a sponsor and offered :

1 x  uOLED-32028-P1T graphics display module + P1-EB expansion module + uDrive-USB-G1 SD module + uUSB-CE5 module + 64MB microSD card + adapter and a mass of electronics related books

for winner entry: Telephone Intercom From TTL

Thanks everyone who participated.

Open 7400 competition winners – [Link]

3 Nov 2011

Global online community element14 has been very busy lately implementing innovative new ways to help engineers stay one-step ahead—from dedicated hubs to aid communications in Thailand to development kits designed to help engineers bring products to market faster than ever before. Following are a few noteworthy additions to the element14 community:

  • The SAM9 development kit is now available on the community—a full-featured evaluation board centered on Atmel’s ARM based AT91SAM9G45 processor, designed to provide developers with a feature-rich, development platform for ARM926 based embedded microprocessor design enabling shorter development cycles and significantly reducing time-to-market.
  • To support communications while companies navigate the flooding crisis in Thailand, element14 has created a dedicated online space at Thailand Flooding which will act as a central repository for the electronics industry on the rapidly changing situation.

element14 News: Communications Support in Thailand, New Dev Kits – [Link]





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