Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
Blog 12/10/2013 4 comments Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Slideshow: Design & 3D Print Custom Metal Implants
Engineering Materials 12/9/2013 1 comment A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
NI's Dr. T to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Blog 12/6/2013 8 comments Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
MEMS Gains Momentum in China
Guest Blogs 12/5/2013 3 comments The Chinese are investing in the people and the infrastructure that will make the Chinese MEMS industry competitive in the world economy — with hopes of being the best.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 12/4/2013 35 comments Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 12/4/2013 11 comments The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
The A/C Blew Up the Earth Station
Sherlock Ohms 11/29/2013 16 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
The Importance of Mentors
Blog 11/27/2013 40 comments Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Report: Gasification R&D Focuses on Non-Recycled Plastics
Engineering Materials 11/26/2013 39 comments A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Select Reliable Connectors for Mobile Devices
Guest Blogs 11/26/2013 6 comments If you've spent any time looking for the right connector to use in a smartphone or other mobile device, you might believe that all fine-pitch, low-profile connectors are created equal. But they're not.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 11/22/2013 14 comments After six rounds of voting, it comes down to this -- the final showdown. Who created the best gadget featured in Design News this year? We're counting on you to tell us.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
Blog 11/21/2013 21 comments Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
Ceramic Matrix Composites LEAP to High Volumes
Engineering Materials 11/21/2013 13 comments Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Miniature Vacuum Pumps Could Deliver Big Benefits
Guest Blogs 11/21/2013 10 comments A Honeywell lab team borrowed a page from conventional turbine compressors and applied the latest silicon micro fabrication techniques to machine hundreds of thousands of micron-sized turbine blades onto the surface of a silicon wafer the diameter of a penny. When the wafer is rotated at high speed, the result is an ultra-high vacuum in a small chamber, all on less than a watt of energy.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2013
Guest Blogs 11/20/2013 12 comments The UK has been at the heart of manufacturing some of the finest automobiles on the planet for more than a century. All that experience has led to a very impressive line of high-end sports cars that are highly coveted the world over. Here are three of the best.
The New Controller Just Wasn’t Cool
Sherlock Ohms 11/20/2013 14 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
New Journal Covers Responsible Innovation
Blog 11/20/2013 5 comments The Journal of Responsible Innovation will offer practitioners and scholars a place to articulate, strengthen, and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in research and development. It intends to provide a forum for discussions of ethical, social, and government issues related to innovation.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.