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Chris Wiltz

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MegaBots Take Giant Robots From Science Fiction to Reality
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
11/20/2014  3
Every generation has its childhood fantasies and for a certain generation few are more prominent than piloting your own giant robot. The three young engineers behind MegaBots are ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
10 Packaging Technologies at Pack Expo
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
11/20/2014  0
Duck when you see the robot arm swing around. The exhibit hall at Pack Expo in Chicago earlier this month was filled with automation large and small, at dazzling speeds and in slow ...

Dave Palmer

Blog
Desert Scorpions Inspire Abrasion-Resistant Surfaces
Dave Palmer, P.E.
11/20/2014  0
Erosion of materials by solid particles is a common failure mode in a wide variety of industries. For example, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, one of the most ...

Charles Murray

Product News
Development System Could Simplify Automotive Ethernet
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
11/20/2014  0
Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out a development system that aims to help automotive engineers create Ethernet-based multimedia hubs inside the vehicle.

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
Video: Bamboo-Based Hybrid Wind Turbine Aimed at Developing World
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
11/20/2014  0
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest ...

Charles Murray

Electronics News
Engineering Disasters: Cracked Fitting Brings Down DC-10
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
11/19/2014  18
"It is impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so ingenious." -- Robert Heinlein

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
Keyssa: 'Kiss Old Connectors Goodbye'
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
11/19/2014  5
Anyone who's ever moved files from a hard drive to a computer has sat patiently waiting for the transfer to complete. But what if this process could be done wirelessly, without ...

Charles Glorioso

Made by Monkeys
Where Rubber Meets the Bike Rack
Charles Glorioso
11/19/2014  5
When I bought a Prius in 2010, the shape of the rear hatch required me to get a new bicycle rack. After some research, I bought a Thule Gateway carrier, which adjusts nicely to ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Bullet-Proof Software Architecture Is Key to Product Development
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
11/19/2014  1
Selecting and designing the right software architecture is a critical step in product development. The wrong approach can lead to big problems such as the inability to add features, ...

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System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
10/28/2014
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As the industry has grown and adapted to the various types of automation and motion control solutions, achieving the desired result with the least cost and effort on behalf of the user has always been the top priority.

Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
10/24/2014
 2
Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.

Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
10/20/2014
 1
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.

Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
10/17/2014
 0
With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, it’s important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.

Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
10/16/2014
 0
This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.

COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
10/15/2014
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The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.

3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
10/13/2014
 12
Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?

A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
10/10/2014
 0
The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.

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The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a ...
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
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CUI AMT Encoder: Digi-Key Another Geek ...
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Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar ...
The Easy Way to Control a Robot
Daymon Thompson of Beckhoff Automation uses Google Glass to ...
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Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs ...
Gadget Freak Case #261: Dr. Seuss ...
Colorado State University students have created a Dr. Seuss ...
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This solar charge controller, which is placed between a ...
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This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm ...
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Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a ...
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You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect ...
Low-Profile Retaining Rings
Smalley Hoopster® Rings fit into shallower grooves than ...
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The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that ...
Gadget Freak Case #255: Touch-Sensitive ...
Roshenac Mitchell's aim for the project was to aid the ...
Motor/Gearhead Extend Applications
Micromo is pushing its components into some innovative and ...
Gadget Freak Case #254: Motion ...
Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a ...
Piezo Motor With Integrated Encoder
The new LR-17 rotary motor, offered with an integrated ...
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The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS ...
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The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House ...
Video: German Kids Can Build Better LEGO Robots
Google has teamed up with the German research institute Fraunhofer IAIS to develop and offer ...
Slideshow: Makers Decorate White House for ...
The ornaments will be the result of the first-ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge, a ...
Inexpensive Incubator Tops Dyson Awards
This year's James Dyson Award winner created an inexpensive incubator to help curb childhood ...
Would You Let Your Kids Play With Atomic Energy?
In the early 1950s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab offered young people the opportunity to ...
Students: NASA Wants You to Design its Next ...
The winner of NASA's Design a Space Tool Challenge will watch the winning tool being printed on ...
Where Rubber Meets the Bike Rack
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Welding Gun Not So 'New & Improved'
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The Washer Suffered from Planned Obsolescence
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Dryer Dies Due to a 12-Cent Resistor
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Are Old Cars Better Than New Cars?
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The Singing Telephone Switch
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
Sherlock Ohms Discovers the Backward ICs
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The Challenge of Designing a 1- to 4-Way ...
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Malfunctioning Fridge Causes Meltdown
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What Made the Mustang Burn Oil?
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