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Santa’s Production Facility - a Detailed View
Blog 
12/19/2014  2 comments
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
Blog 
12/19/2014  14 comments
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
The Gift of Mobility: Tech Gives Dog & Tortoise New Ways to Get Around
Blog 
12/19/2014  4 comments
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
3D Printing Water-Based, Biodegradable Composites - with Robots!
Engineering Materials 
12/19/2014  4 comments
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Electronic Memories of Radio Shack
Blog 
12/18/2014  29 comments
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
Beyond Bits and Bytes: MCUs Embrace On-Chip FPGAs
Guest Blogs 
12/18/2014  5 comments
We Have FPGAs with On-chip MCUs, but How About MCUs with On-chip FPGAs?
Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants
Engineering Materials 
12/18/2014  20 comments
Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.
These Jeans Will Keep Hackers Out of Your Pants
Blog 
12/18/2014  9 comments
Computer security firm Norton has partnered with clothing company Betaband on a pair of jeans that will keep your RFID-tagged credit cards and documents safe from wireless theft.
Watching the Watchmen: The Hows and Whys of Body-Worn Police Cameras
Chris Wiltz 
12/17/2014  21 comments
With erupting concern over police brutality, law enforcement agencies are turning to body-worn cameras to collect evidence and protect police and suspects. But how do they work? And are they even really effective?
Taking a Look Back at the Studebaker Assembly Line
Automotive News 
12/17/2014  8 comments
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
Investment in Equipment Grows As U.S. Manufacturing Booms
Blog 
12/17/2014  1 comment
As U.S. manufacturing booms, companies are beginning to invest in new equipment.
Lamborghini Busts Out a Plug-In Hybrid, the Asterion LPI 910-4
Automotive News 
12/16/2014  18 comments
Automobili Lamborghini is joining the ranks of supercar makers who are moving to greener powertrains.
Alcoa's Micromill Process, Alloy Could Change Car Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2014  6 comments
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
Reshoring Will Continue as U.S. Manufacturing Booms in 2015
Blog 
12/16/2014  2 comments
New research from the Georgia Center for Innovations for Manufacturing shows manufacturing will boom in 2015 as reshoring continues to bring production back to the U.S.>
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Finalists
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12/15/2014  Post a comment
UBM Canon, the world’s leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.
10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
Blog 
12/15/2014  17 comments
Here are our 10 favorite science and technology gift ideas for the future engineer in your life.
Big Data Is Driving Manufacturing Efficiency
Blog 
12/15/2014  1 comment
Big data and predictive maintenance are helping manufacturers become more efficient.
NASA Installs Giant Composite Research Robot
Engineering Materials 
12/15/2014  7 comments
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
Autodesk Makes Design Software Free for Students, Teachers Worldwide
STEM Connection 
12/12/2014  6 comments
As part of its commitment to STEAM education, Autodesk has expanded its offering to provide design, engineering, and entertainment software free to students, teachers, and academic institutions across the world
Rising Star: TI Engineer Makes His Mark in Solar Industry
Blog 
12/12/2014  7 comments
Manish Bhardwaj, a 30-year-old systems application engineer who has worked with Texas Instruments throughout his short, but nonetheless impressive, career, is the recipient of this year's Rising Engineering Star award.
Video: ESA Plans 3D-Printed Moon Base
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2014  2 comments
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
3D-Printed Custom Spike Plates Outrun the Competition
Engineering Materials 
12/11/2014  3 comments
If there's one thing 3D printing's good for, it's customization. New Balance Athletic Shoe Company has begun using 3D printing to make customized spike plates for its running shoes made for members of its Team New Balance runners. They provide better traction and shave off a tiny bit of weight.
O, Holy Nerd: Kickstarting the Christmas Decorating
Blog 
12/11/2014  4 comments
Kickstarter, the gift that keeps on giving, year round, like an evergreen. The tech section of the popular crowdfunding site is looking particularly festive of late.
President Obama Asks You and Your Kids to Try an 'Hour of Code'
STEM Connection 
12/11/2014  7 comments
As part of Computer Science Education Week, Code.org is asking students of all ages to try their hand at computer programming for one hour. Even President Obama gave it a shot.
What’s Next in Programmable Devices?
Guest Blogs 
12/11/2014  3 comments
Programmable logic has come a long way from the simple devices we started out with. Remember Programmable Array Logic, or PALs? But where will we be in the next five to 10 years?
Slideshow: A Look at American Motorcycles
Electronics News 
12/10/2014  27 comments
The American motorcycle is enjoying a mini-renaissance today, as the recent success of bike manufacturers Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, and Victory Motorcycles, among others, amply indicate.
The Design Environment Is Changing
Blog 
12/10/2014  2 comments
The product development process is changing. It's becoming more integrated and more agile.
Balancing Efficiency and Comfort in a Ford
Sherlock Ohms 
12/10/2014  9 comments
Building a prototype of a car is a tough way to find the optimal balance between efficiency and comfort. the Sherlocks at Ford are finding the balance using simulation.
Is the Ring the ‘Worst Product Ever Made?'
Blog 
12/10/2014  8 comments
The Ring -- an invention of a company called Logbar, based in Tokyo with its US headquarters in San Carlos, Calif. -- controls your personal devices, such as an iPhone, from your finger through gestures and Bluetooth connectivity. It surpassed its Kickstarter goal by several thousand dollars.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You'd Let HAL Run a Spacecraft
Blog 
12/9/2014  29 comments
You certainly know you're engineer if you count the number of steps in a set of stairs, or you use a CAD package and a wind tunnel to design your kid's Pine Wood Derby car. Check out our latest list to see if you qualify.
Eaten Alive is Everything Wrong with Popular Science
Chris Wiltz 
12/9/2014  12 comments
You haven't wasted time until you've wasted it building a suit to help a man get swallowed alive by a snake.
3D Printing Space-Worthy Satellite Parts
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2014  1 comment
Two teams, one based in the US and one in Europe, have 3D printed space-worthy support structures for satellite antenna arrays. These aren't prototypes: they're fully functioning antenna supports that will operate while exposed to the harsh temperatures and radiation of outer space.
‘Wind Tree’ Provides Artistic Take on Turbine Design for Smart Cities
Blog 
12/9/2014  18 comments
New Wind's Wind Tree has 72 "leaves" that are actually mini wind turbines. The power output of the tree is 3.1 kilowatts with the potential to generate 3,500 kWh to 13,500 kWh depending on the wind.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 3
Gadget Freak 
12/8/2014  Post a comment
Voting in Round 3 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Hydrogen – Hope or Hype?
Blog 
12/8/2014  15 comments
The question is whether battery technology can develop faster than hydrogen production and distribution infrastructure.
Soccer Field Powers Brazilian Slum
Blog 
12/8/2014  30 comments
UK startup Pavegen has teamed with gas and energy company Shell to give a Brazilian favela a soccer field that harvests energy from players' steps to power the surrounding neighborhood.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Blog 
12/8/2014  10 comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
Web Applications Are Ripe for Attack
Blog 
12/8/2014  Post a comment
Protecting web applications is a constant race to make sure security practices are a step ahead of attackers. Writing secure web application requires discipline, deep knowledge of web technologies, and coordination across disciplines throughout the development lifecycle. Learn how to secure web applications during the Design News CEC course, "An Introduction to Web application Security."
Sci-Fi Writers Schooled in Science
Blog 
12/5/2014  6 comments
Most science-fiction writers come to their subject well-schooled in the liberal arts, not science. Phillip K. Dick studied philosophy. Roger Zelazny picked up an MA from Columbia in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. A surprisingly small handful started out as professionals in technology. Here’s a look at the few classic science-fiction writers who were actually trained in science, be it physics, math, or engineering.
Amazon Enlists Robotic Elves to Help Ship Your Gifts
Blog 
12/5/2014  11 comments
Amazon's fulfillment centers are turning to robots as a solution to manage the high volume of holiday season orders.
Industry Momentum Moving Toward Low Current Consumption
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2014  1 comment
As industrial applications increasingly use process control systems utilizing sensor feedbacks to monitor various operating parameters, energy sources and consumption are becoming major factors of a system.
Toyota Preps for Launch of Hydrogen-Powered Sedan
Automotive News 
12/4/2014  26 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will take another small step on the long road to fuel cell viability next year, rolling out a hydrogen-powered production sedan called the Mirai.
Turning Up the Heat: Considerations for High-Temperature Applications
Guest Blogs 
12/4/2014  Post a comment
By asking more in-depth questions and providing customers with richer design data, distribution salespeople can quickly build credibility and help customers to avoid potential problems when they specify high-performance plastics.
Ohio State Researchers Develop World's First Solar Battery
Blog 
12/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at Ohio State University have designed what they say is the world’s first solar battery, which combines both a solar cell and storage capacity in a single device.
Knightscope's K5 Robot Stops Crime Before it Happens
Blog 
12/3/2014  17 comments
It's not part man, it's all machine, but this robot can still be a cop. Robotics company Knightscope Inc. is rolling out the K5, a friendly security robot that won't just prevent crime, but actually predict it.
3D-Printed Liver Tissue Goes Commercial
Blog 
12/3/2014  9 comments
California-based Organovo has developed and released the exVive3D Human Liver Tissue, which is available to customers through the company’s contract research services program. It will be used in medical research and testing to study the effect of drugs on the liver.
A Shift of Power: From Consumer to Industrial Batteries
Guest Blogs 
12/3/2014  1 comment
Recent enhancements in rechargeable and primary (non-rechargeable) battery technologies enable industrial devices to perform beyond the limitations of legacy consumer batteries.
Redesigning Star Wars' Awful New Lightsaber
Blog 
12/2/2014  21 comments
The trailer for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, has given fans a glimpse of a brand new lightsaber ... and its design could use some improvement. Could you do better?
Conductive Clay -- the Future of Energy Storage?
Blog 
12/2/2014  15 comments
MXene clay -- which is two-dimensional and comprised of three layers of titanium and two layers of carbon that’s five atoms thick -- was developed by a team of researchers in Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century
Blog 
12/1/2014  21 comments
Here’s a look at some of the notable engineers who contributed significantly to engineering advancements during the first half of the 20th Century, a period often called the golden era of engineering. Some well-known engineering figures such as Edison, Tesla, and the Wright Brothers are on the list, but we have also included a few lesser-known but still significant engineers.
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Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
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