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9 Inventions Provide Frightful Fun for Halloween
Blog 
10/31/2014  Post a comment
Halloween isn’t just a time for creative costumes. Thanks to the element14 online design community, the holiday this year also brings us a number of creative electronic device design ideas aimed at making your Halloween party a unique experience.
Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens When You Combine Arduino and iOS?
Gadget Freak 
10/31/2014  Post a comment
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
HP Finally Reveals 3D Printing Plans
Engineering Materials 
10/31/2014  1 comment
After a year or so of missteps, false starts, retractions, and postponements, inkjet office printer giant Hewlett-Packard has finally revealed just what it plans to do in 3D printing.
NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission: Innovative or a Waste of Time?
Blog 
10/31/2014  3 comments
On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
This Toaster Takes Selfies -- Because Civilization is Doomed
Blog 
10/31/2014  1 comment
Selfies have already ruined your nights out and your social media feeds. Now they're after your breakfast.
Head-Turning Trends in Industrial Automation
Pamela Moore 
10/31/2014  1 comment
Robots are getting less expensive, more nimble, and smart than ever. The following examples exemplify new trends in industrial automation.
Apple's at it Again: Check Out the iPad Mini 3 Teardown
Blog 
10/30/2014  4 comments
Bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but smaller than an iPad Air 2. What am I? If you answered iPad Mini 3, you are correct.
10 Robots That Play Well With Others
Blog 
10/30/2014  Post a comment
Here are 10 robots that are designed to work effectively and safely with humans.
Terrible User Interface Design is Endangering Our Credit Card Data
Electronics News 
10/30/2014  12 comments
The data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and elsewhere have inadvertently highlighted a separate and unexpected problem: bad user interface design.
Ampy: A Pocket-Sized Motion Charger for Your Mobile Devices
Blog 
10/30/2014  11 comments
What if you could recharge your mobile device using the movements you make all day? That’s the promise of Ampy, a new device by a Chicago-based startup of the same name.
30 Seconds on Time-of-Flight Sensors in Autos
Electronics News 
10/30/2014  3 comments
Peter Riendeau of Melexis shows how a time-of-flight sensor can be used for gesture recognition in a vehicle.
Is Apple's iPad Air 2 Easy to Repair?
Blog 
10/29/2014  3 comments
What's lighter than Air? An Air 2. Join us as we disassemble the new, shaved-down iPad Air 2, and see whether Apple's thinnest device is still its least-repairable.
Latest Ferrari goes Invite-Only
Blog 
10/29/2014  26 comments
Think there’s already a high bar in owning a Ferrari? Well, grab a pole vault, because that bar just got raised.
Dryer Dies Due to a 12-Cent Resistor
Made by Monkeys 
10/29/2014  8 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Update: 3D-Printed Optics From New Material, Process
Engineering Materials 
10/29/2014  10 comments
The company that brought you 3D-printed eyeglasses has launched both an improved clear polymer material for 3D printing optical components and a high-speed, precision, 3D-printing process for making small- and medium-sized batches in a few days.
30 Seconds on Delphi Connect
Electronics News 
10/29/2014  Post a comment
David Bottomley of Delphi Electronics demonstrates Delphi Connect, which allows do-it-yourselfers to add connectivity and onboard diagnostics to their existing vehicles.
Corel Updates CAD Suite, Providing Low-Cost 2D and 3D Design
Blog 
10/29/2014  7 comments
Corel has updated its CorelCAD 2015 with new features that provide designers with a low-cost option for designing 2D and 3D graphics.
You Know You're An Engineer If …
Blog 
10/28/2014  46 comments
If these statements are close to your heart and your daily way of life, you're probably an engineer.
Windowless Planes: The Future of Flight or Fright?
Blog 
10/28/2014  29 comments
Would you fly in a plane that had no windows? British developers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) believe that taking out the tiny porthole windows in planes and replacing them with giant flexible OLED screens is the future of flight, and posit it could even become a reality in less than 10 years.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Chip Lays Foundation for Autonomous Cars
Electronics News 
10/28/2014  8 comments
A tiny new tire pressure monitoring package will fit inside the tire, instead of on the stem, enabling vehicles to gather more information and help set the stage for self-driving cars.
Take Care – Coating Side Effects Could Be Killing Your Product Quality
Blog 
10/28/2014  2 comments
Coatings are a great way to modify the surface characteristics of a product, but don’t assume that the property you’re trying to change is the only one that will be affected.
10 Talented Robot Arms & Hands
Engineering Materials 
10/27/2014  11 comments
We've found an amazing variety of robot hands & arms in medicine, space, and service robots, as well as R&D and assembly. Some are based on industrial designs modified for speed or dexterity, while others more closely emulate human movements, as well as human size and shape.
Engineering Disaster: The Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death
Blog 
10/27/2014  22 comments
The Xbox Red Ring of Death in 2007 was the hardware error signal from the Xbox 360 video game console that announced your machine was toast. There was no coming back from the red disease -- your machine had to go back to the mothership for serious revamping or replacing. What caused the Red Ring of Death? Was it poor ASIC or lead-free solder?
Europe’s Great Forest Drone Race
Blog 
10/27/2014  8 comments
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s two drones racing each other through a forest, and it is, for lack of a better word, AWESOME. Not seeing the forest for the trees can be a bad thing in life, but for drones, it turns out to be a decidedly good thing.
30 Seconds With Melexis
Electronics News 
10/27/2014  Post a comment
Peter Riendeau of Melexis demonstrates how a LIN data bus can be used to change the color of ambient interior lighting in a car with just the swipe of a hand.
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility -- Don't Try This at Home
Blog 
10/24/2014  22 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
Gadget Freak 
10/24/2014  27 comments
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
How to Design Better User Interfaces
Electronics News 
10/24/2014  3 comments
If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
30 Seconds With Texas Instruments
Electronics News 
10/24/2014  2 comments
Brooke Williams of Texas Instruments explains how TI’s new TDA3x chip will help future vehicles “see” all around themselves.
Mac Mini (Late 2014) — The Teardown
Blog 
10/23/2014  5 comments
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
354 Reasons Why Audi's SQ5 Is Worth a Look
Guest Blogs 
10/23/2014  1 comment
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
30 Seconds With Formlabs
Electronics News 
10/23/2014  Post a comment
Kevin Gautier of Formlabs describes the making of a carbon fiber mold for an intake manifold, using a $3,300 3D printer, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest.
Let Isaac Asimov Lead Your Brainstorming Session
Blog 
10/23/2014  7 comments
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Smart Battery Sensor Provides Warning Before Catching Fire
Blog 
10/23/2014  13 comments
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
How it Works: E-Cigarettes
Blog 
10/22/2014  28 comments
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Are Old Cars Better Than New Cars?
Made by Monkeys 
10/22/2014  115 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Plastics Can Do Almost Any Job -- Even Yours
Engineering Materials 
10/22/2014  6 comments
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
30 Seconds With Stratasys
Electronics News 
10/22/2014  Post a comment
Mac Cameron of Stratasys describes the company’s Connex3 technology, which allows users to 3D-print complex parts in one build with no assembly required.
Kindle Fire HD 6 Teardown
Blog 
10/21/2014  5 comments
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
3D-Printed Telescope Takes (Nice!) Pix of the Moon
Engineering Materials 
10/21/2014  18 comments
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
30 Seconds With Optimal Design
Electronics News 
10/21/2014  1 comment
At Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Joe Wascow told Design News how Optimal Design prototyped a machine that captures the wing-beat of a duck.
5G Will Drive Test Equipment Surge
Blog 
10/21/2014  1 comment
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Lithium Battery Charges 70% in 2 Minutes
Blog 
10/21/2014  20 comments
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
12 Robots That Play Sports
Blog 
10/20/2014  25 comments
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The Singing Telephone Switch
Sherlock Ohms 
10/20/2014  9 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.
30 Seconds With 3DP Unlimited
Electronics News 
10/20/2014  2 comments
Melissa Cavanagh of 3DP Unlimited talked to Design News about the company’s large format 3D printer, during Medical Design and Manufacturing Midwest.
Gadget Freak Case #264: Drink Delivery Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum
Gadget Freak 
10/17/2014  19 comments
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
30 Seconds With iFixit
Electronics News 
10/17/2014  16 comments
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Automation Market Set for Extended Boom Times
Blog 
10/17/2014  5 comments
Automation technology advances matched with expanded fracking and the growing urbanization of Asia, South America, and the Middle East, are fueling a boom in the automation industry.
New Materials in FDM: 3D Printing Evolves
Pamela Moore 
10/17/2014  5 comments
3D printing is becoming a true manufacturing, not just prototyping, process facilitated by new materials.
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Halloween isn’t just a time for creative costumes. Thanks to the element14 online design community, the holiday this year also brings us a number of creative electronic device design ideas aimed at making your Halloween party a unique experience.
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
After a year or so of missteps, false starts, retractions, and postponements, inkjet office printer giant Hewlett-Packard has finally revealed just what it plans to do in 3D printing.
On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
Selfies have already ruined your nights out and your social media feeds. Now they're after your breakfast.
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