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Rob Spiegel

Blog
Santa’s Production Facility - a Detailed View
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
12/19/2014  0
To get into the Christmas spirit, here are some views of Santa's toy and candy factory. In Santa Claus mythology, the workshop or factory is a sprawling commune located at the North ...

Sylvie Barak

Blog
The Gift of Mobility: Tech Gives Dog & Tortoise New Ways to Get Around
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
12/19/2014  2
Thanks to 3D printing and some custom-made prosthetic limbs, one lucky dog has learned new tricks, specifically the ability to run.

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
3D Printing Water-Based, Biodegradable Composites - with Robots!
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
12/19/2014  2
OK, I think that headline includes all the topics I write about plus my faves: biodegradable and composite materials, plus robotic and 3D printing assembly technologies. What more ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Electronic Memories of Radio Shack
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
12/18/2014  27
Radio Shack is laying off workers and closing stores in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy. The company is trying to save $400 million. The electronics retailer is reeling from a $161 ...

Warren Miller

Guest Blogs
Beyond Bits and Bytes: MCUs Embrace On-Chip FPGAs
Warren Miller, Independent Consultant
12/18/2014  2
In my previous blog I introduced the topic of ‘What’s Next?’ for our programmable future with FPGAs and MCUs (or whatever they morph into). Already there are a few ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
12/18/2014  18
We've told you about drones and flying robots that do everything from delivering medical equipment for first responders, to rescuing people after a disaster, to inspecting planes ...

Sylvie Barak

Blog
These Jeans Will Keep Hackers Out of Your Pants
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
12/18/2014  7
Ever been worried that someone will try to hack the pants off you?

Chris Wiltz

Chris Wiltz
Watching the Watchmen: The Hows and Whys of Body-Worn Police Cameras
Chris Wiltz, Managing Edtior
12/17/2014  21
However you fall on the issues, by now it should mean something when you hear names like Ferguson, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner. It certainly does for law enforcement. But is ...

Kudos
Features

Robots Are Everywhere
11/26/2014
 2
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. You’ll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.

Low-Power Wireless for the IIoT
11/25/2014
 0
Low-power wireless networking can extend the network edge and improve uptime to support the Industrial Internet of Things.

Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
11/24/2014
 7
"Supercaps” are moving from mundane applications, such as internal battery backup and memory protection, to high-profile smartphones, hybrids, and electric vehicles.

System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
10/28/2014
 0
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.

Team Sigma's Steady-Cam Quadcopter
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Gadget Freak Case # 265: Propane – ...
This project is an experiment in generating supersonic ...
Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens ...
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a ...
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro ...
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage ...
Gadget Freak Case # 264: Drink Delivery ...
The DDV-IP is an inverted pendulum driving machine. The ...
CUI AMT Encoder: Digi-Key Another Geek ...
Watch as Digi-Key’s Reid Landsrud pushes CUI’s AMT encoder ...
Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
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 ...
Gadget Freak Case #262: Boat Lift ...
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 ...
Gadget Freak Case #260: Arduino Solar ...
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a ...
Gadget Freak Case #259: Gag Bomb ...
This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm ...
Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire ...
Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a ...
Gadget Freak Case #257: TempBug -- ...
You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect ...
Low-Profile Retaining Rings
Smalley Hoopster® Rings fit into shallower grooves than ...
Gadget Freak Case #256: Yoga Breathalyzer
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 ...
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Autodesk Makes Design Software Free for ...
As part of its commitment to STEAM education, Autodesk has expanded its offering to provide ...
President Obama Asks You and Your Kids to Try ...
As part of Computer Science Education Week, Code.org is asking students of all ages to try their ...
What Reality Will You Make?
Cal Poly students use 3D printing to take flight -- and pass their class.
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 ...
Writers Are Getting 3D Printing Wrong
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Where Rubber Meets the Bike Rack
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Welding Gun Not So 'New & Improved'
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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.
Balancing Efficiency and Comfort in a Ford
Building a prototype of a car is a tough way to find the optimal balance between efficiency and ...
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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