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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]

2 Nov 2011

Pachube service goes free! via Shigeru – [via]

We’re making the Pachube service free for all users. As of today there will only be one type of account. Every user will have unlimited datastreams, datapoint uploads and history as well as the option to create private feeds. We are setting a limit on the API request rate at 100 requests/minute. Current PRO users will see their rate limit go up from 40/minute to 100/minute. Current PREMIUM users will keep their current rate limit of 250 requests/minute.

…So, why go free? No, we haven’t decided to become a non-profit. No, we’re not just super-nice. What we are is ambitious. And having worked with and talked with many people in the Pachube community, we know that they’re ambitious too.

The “Internet of Things” is a big idea (though secretly many of us don’t actually like that term), and we want our community to lead the effort to define it. As devices continue to find their way onto the Internet, we want them to be able to take advantage of everything the Web has to offer. We want Pachube users to control their own data, build applications that we would never envision, and share with others as they see fit. This idea, as obviously correct as it sounds to us, is not inevitable. There are significant business and technical barriers to this vision.

By making the Pachube service free, we’re removing a small barrier today, and we’re committed to removing more barriers in the coming months. The Pachube service is not as easy to use as we want it to be. It still doesn’t do everything we want it to do. This is, of course, okay. That’s why our engineers come to work every day, sit at too-small IKEA desks and code their asses off. Pachube will continue to get simpler, better and more capable. Our intention is that many of these new capabilities will be free. Some of them won’t. We hope that you’ll want to pay for the stuff we decide to charge for.

Pachube service goes free - [Link]

1 Nov 2011

Here’s a (hopefully) complete list of entries in the Open 7400 Competition – Winners to be announced tomorrow – [via]

27 Oct 2011

element14 today unveiled The Drawer, an innovative new content storage tool for design engineers that allows users to capture, collect and store information, parts and content as they navigate through the element14 community and the knode.

A recent TFI Global Study revealed several pain points that engineers face during the design process—increasing time pressures, incomplete/inaccurate information from relevant sources, and difficulty comparing options.  And, the Drawer addresses many of these needs, giving engineers an easy way to store and compare relevant news, videos and product information from across the entire element14 community. A video of The Drawer in action is available here.

The full press release is below. I believe this story would be of real interest to your readers and I’d be happy to arrange a discussion with Jeff Jussel, senior director of global technology marketing at element14, to discuss The Drawer and other design solutions, and their impact on the industry.

New Collection & Storage Feature on the element14 knode - [Link]

22 Oct 2011

Independent Distributor of Electronic Components

Superior Quality – Prompt Delivery – Excellent Service

StealthComponents.com is a leading electronic components distributor located in North Carolina providing stock and source services of standard long-lead-time, allocated, hard-to-find, and obsolete electronic components for domestic and international customers. They focuses on Long Lead Time, Low Availability electronic parts with improved lead time.

Stealth’s mission is to be electronic manufacturers’ first choice for an independent distributor by offering superior quality products, providing fast / on-time delivery and ensuring all customers are supported with excellent customer service.

  • Quality - Offer only quality components and provide high quality customer satisfaction
  • Delivery – Deliver when you need it. Delivering your components is the most important part of placing an order.
  • Service – Stealth’s commitment to its customers is second only to the quality of products they provide.

Key facts:

  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Global network of trusted suppliers
  • Personalized customer service to allow for a quick response to your needs
  • Availability and immediate delivery for over 600 manufacturers
  • 100% quality inspection conducted for all parts
  • ISO certified third-party testing and reports provided for selected components
  • Parts guarantee – if our parts fail, we’ll replace them*

Stealth continually stocks and sources over 600 manufacturers. Vast array of products and manufacturers mean they most likely will have what customers need.

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20 Oct 2011

“A Day in the Life of an Engineer”

element14 invites electronics designers to share their ingenuity and inspire peers

October 18, 2011 – London, element14, Premier Farnell’s  innovative online engineering community, announces the launch of  “A Day in the Life of an Engineer”, an online video challenge, open to electronics design engineers and enthusiasts worldwide until January 31, 2012.

“At element14, electronics innovation is at the core of our business by bringing everything together for the designer in one site, from solutions and services, to components and a collaborative engineering community of experts, peers and a wide range of technical information,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and eProcurement, Premier Farnell.

“Anyone in the electronics field faces a daunting task today with the ever increasing pressure to do everything faster and better.   As we’ve seen time and again, electronics innovation can happen in someone’s garage, a lab, at the office or in a classroom – but it is all about the creativity that can happen in this wide-ranging field. This competition gives us an opportunity to better understand those challenges and to showcase how electronic designers find innovative solutions to everyday problems, or even pose their own challenge on what they think needs to be solved in the future.”

Entrants are invited to “tell their story” by submitting a video blog to element14.com/videochallenge.  The choice of topic can be anything from a video blog about a designer’s workbench, to highlighting how a problem was solved or just taking a camera into work and talking about daily challenges around the office.  It can even be about what people think the next big innovation needs to be in the electronics industry. 

The videos will be judged on their creativity by a panel of element14 peers and the winner will receive an iPad2. In addition, one winner will be randomly selected each week to receive a selection of element14 branded merchandise from that week’s entrants, which include those who comment, vote or post videos.

Challenge details and examples of video entries can be seen at element14.com/videochallenge

A Day in the Life of an Engineer - [Link]

13 Oct 2011

all-spec.com writes:

As a worldwide leader in soldering equipment, Weller tools are built to last. And that’s why we want to find the oldest Weller soldering tool that still works.

All you need to do to enter is email us a picture of your oldest working Weller soldering tool. Feel free to send us the background story of your tool too.

Email your entry, along with name and shipping address to marvlop@all-spec.com

The owner of the oldest working Weller soldering tool will win a Weller WD1002T and all entries will receive an All-Spec Mug Boss.

Entries will be accepted October 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011. The winner will be announced on our blog as well as our Facebook page and Twitter page on Monday, January 16, 2012. The winner will also be contacted via email.

Oldest Working Weller Soldering Tool Contest - [Link]





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