More Students Needed for Electronics Design
We recently read an article discussing how there has been a sharp decline in the number of students wanting to study electronics design courses at degree level. This is worrying as the next generation of electronics engineers are needed in the UK to help continue the industry in this country.
It seems like everything is so complicated these days, especially in electronics design … which is more and more products everyday.
A golden year for electronics
Gold is a wonderfully versatile element, with applications across all areas of science and technology. From dentistry to electronics, gold can be found in just about anything due to its high resistance to several types of corrosion and chemical reactions.
Masters of lightning
Nikola Tesla, born on 10 July 1856 grew to become known as the father of modern electronics. His most wonderful invetion, aptly named the 'Tesla Coil' in his own honour. A type of resonant transformer circuit used to produce high voltage, low current, high frequency alternating current electricity, however they do produce higher current than the electrostatic machines.
The birth of the “RepRap”
We recently covered an open source 3 dimensional printer known as the "RepRap", designed and built by Adrian Bowyer - a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.
Electronics Superstar – Paul Eisler
The Newbury Blog will be profiling the lives of some of the most influential figures from the history of Electronics. Who better to start our examination of 'Electronics Superstars' than Paul Eisler, the inventor of the printed circuit board.
Weekend Electronics Project – RepRap
Think about the last time you broke something in your home - a cup, a plate, a coat hook, a window handle, the battery cover on your TV remote, a component in an electronic device, a hinge, a switch.
Engineer and artist Neil Mendoza has put together a wonderful exhibit of interactive robotic birds made from old mobile-phone parts!
Amazing robot arm
A top new piece of electronic kit has been developed by Cornell University, the lab of Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago, and 'iRobot'. Known as "The Universal Jamming Gripper" - this robotic arm is capable of picking up a whole array of odd-shaped and weighted objects with ease!
Low cost smd lead-free solder paste reflow
Can you use a cheap domestic oven to re-flow lead-free solder paste? We thought it would be fun to find out. And may be, if it worked, some of you might find our experiment useful.
A great concept built by some students at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering have pieced together a wonderous device!
Bright Spark ‘re-invents the wheel’.
As an opening item for our new blog, we are covering a British student who has shot to fame after bagging himself the gold medal at the 'Brit Insurance Design Awards 2010', having recently graduated from The Royal College Of Art; put his skills to work and redesigned an age old household item... The Plug!