engineering

  • Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called “Speake(a)r,” first turned headphones connected to a PC into microphones and then tested the quality of sound recorded by a microphone vs. headphones on a target PC. In short, the… Read More

  • Airspace Systems’ ‘Interceptor’ can catch high-speed drones all by itself

    Airspace Systems’ ‘Interceptor’ can catch high-speed drones all by itself

    San Leandro-based Airspace Systems is making a business out of solving the toughest problems facing the emerging drone industry. The company designed a drone of its own, jam-packed with sensors and machine intelligence, to autonomously intercept threatening drones at high speeds and carry them away from large crowds. If you think this sounds difficult, you would be right. Read More

  • Why a design mindset matters Crunch Network

    Why a design mindset matters

    Engineers become engineers because they like to figure out how things fit together, literally and figuratively. This is not always entirely true, but usually. The lines are blurring between traditional engineers who make designs real and the designers who can now “engineer.” Technology is now allowing anyone with a design mindset to engineer a solution. Read More

  • Twitter lays off around 20, shuts down engineering in Bangalore, India

    Twitter lays off around 20, shuts down engineering in Bangalore, India

    Reports may be swirling about Twitter exploring a sale of all or a part of its company, but in the meantime, the social media platform is trimming down internationally. Twitter is shutting down its engineering operations out of Bangalore, India, and it is laying off around 20 engineers in the process, the company confirmed to TechCrunch today. “As part of our normal business review… Read More

  • iZotope, Photoshop for sound, closes another $7.5M in financing

    iZotope, Photoshop for sound, closes another $7.5M in financing

    What does the trailer to Inception, a re-mastered Rolling Stones record and the podcast Serial all have in common? They’re all awesome. Their creators also all used iZotope products in the background to make them shine. iZotope, started by a group of MIT undergrads in 2001, hustled their way onto the competitive music scene by first releasing a free plug-in of a record simulator. Read More

  • Dartmouth graduated more women than men in engineering this year

    Dartmouth graduated more women than men in engineering this year

    Dartmouth just became the first national research university to graduate more women than men in the engineering department. More women have been going into engineering in the last several years, according to the American Society for Engineering Education (AASE), and women made up 37 percent of the class in Dartmouth’s engineering school in 2015. But women tipped the scales this year at… Read More

  • Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte launches engineer genome project

    Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte launches engineer genome project

    Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte, which has raised $3 million in funding, just launched its engineer genome project to foster software-driven, intelligent job-matching. “We figured out the exact list of attributes that top tech companies in Silicon Valley care the most about and specifically, they all kind of agree on the same criteria, but the weight they assign to each one… Read More

  • Engineers bridge the divide between technology and society Crunch Network

    Engineers bridge the divide between technology and society

    One of the many reasons women are under represented in “tech-sector” engineering disciplines such as software, mechanical, electrical, computer and mechatronics engineering is because we’ve done a terrible job conveying how engineers contribute to society in meaningful ways. Many women, as studies have shown, prefer to enter professions where they can have a beneficial impact… Read More

  • Understanding The 3D Printing Ecosystem Crunch Network

    Understanding The 3D Printing Ecosystem

    Excitement about 3D printing has steadily accelerated over the past decade — but this excitement has largely outpaced innovation and development in the field. As a researcher in 3D printing technologies, I’ve built 3D printers using all of the major technologies, as well as more experimental ones. What I’ve learned is that many of these technologies are composed of very… Read More

  • Engineers Build Ugly Products Crunch Network

    Engineers Build Ugly Products

    Why do engineers build ugly products? What is it in the nature of engineering or the software development process that leads to user interfaces that are impossible for users to actually use? Read More

  • 3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe

    3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe

    Some M&A activity afoot in the world of hardware design: GrabCAD, an online community that has been described as the ‘Github for mechanical engineers’, is getting acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, a source tells us. The companies plan to announce the deal a little later today [Update: confirmed]. We have heard that the deal is in the region of nine figures, and… Read More

  • Upverter Raises $2.3M To Be The Online Collaboration Layer For Hardware Engineering

    Upverter Raises $2.3M To Be The Online Collaboration Layer For Hardware Engineering

    Toronto-based startup and online electronic design automation platform and hardware hacker community has raised $2.3 million in seed funding, the company revealed to TechCrunch today. The funding is from Boris Wertz’s Version One Ventures, and includes Tom McInerney, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, Amol Sarva (who created the Peek proto-smartphone device), David Lerner and Golden Venture… Read More

  • StyleSeat's Melody McCloskey | Foundation

    Foundation Video: Melody McCloskey Of StyleSeat On Getting Investors Involved In A Beauty Startup

    In the most recent episode of my Foundation video series, I sat down with the founder of StyleSeat, Melody McCloskey. Melody shares how her frustration with finding a stylist inspired her to build the platform. She also talks through the challenges of reaching an audience who isn’t in front of a computer all day and how the web helps them grow their business and improve their client… Read More

  • Startups Court Dev Bootcamp’s Ruby Grads: 88% Have Offers At Average Of $79K

    Startups Court Dev Bootcamp’s Ruby Grads: 88% Have Offers At Average Of $79K

    This year, Shereef Bishay came up with an ambitious engineering and educational challenge: Try to take 20 aspiring developers, at various levels of ability, teach them Ruby on Rails, and have them job-ready in 10 weeks. The result: Dev Bootcamp, a 10-week engineering gauntlet specifically that subjects those willing to some 400+ hours of intense technical training. The cost, with a $1K… Read More

  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Get Into Finance


    After having been a tech executive for many years, I needed to take a break, and I wanted to give back to society. Duke University engineering dean Kristina Johnson gave me a great spiel about how the school’s Masters of Engineering Management program churns out great engineers, and how engineers solve the world’s problems. She said that I could make a big impact by teaching… Read More

  • Japanese Engineers Create Human Powered Exoskeleton Suit (Video)

    This here is a Japanese engineering project called Skeletonics. This passive exoskeleton doesn’t have any servomechanisms like traditional active exoskeletons. Instead, the engineers went with a series of levers, springs, and pulleys to amplify the movements of their operator. Read More

  • Maybe There is Hope for Silicon Valley (and the World) After All

    Living in Silicon Valley, one gets used to meeting people who are optimistic and who talk about changing the world. But as I lamented in this piece about the Valley’s obsession with Facebook and Twitter apps, most of its entrepreneurs either think too small or are focused on the wrong things. So, even though I am enthusiastic about its ability to take risks and innovate, I’ve… Read More

  • Shortage of Engineers or a Glut: No Simple Answer

    Ask a child if there is a shortage of ice cream in the world, and no doubt, the response will be an emphatic yes—there certainly is. And ask a tech CEO if there is a shortage of engineers, and you will get the exact same answer. That’s the story I used to tell, based on my research on engineering graduation rates and outsourcing trends. In 2005, my team shattered the myths about… Read More

  • Self Launching Sailplane Uses Jet Engine To Get Off The Ground

    Sailplanes are fun and all, but they are gliders at heart and for the most part, you have to tow a glider up into the sky before you can fly it. Obviously this is problematic since you have to hire a pilot with a plane to drag you up into the air, limiting the locations you can launch from. Well, if these creative sailplane pilots have their way, that problem will be a thing of the past. Read More

  • Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Editor’s note: The most valuable employees of any technology company are the engineers and scientists, which is why everyone in Silicon Valley does whatever they can to ensure the continuous supply to this talent pool. The size of the talent pool is ultimately determined by the number of people who graduate from colleges and universities with science, technology, engineering, or… Read More