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Restaurant in China Employs Robotic Wait Staff & Chefs
Blog 
2/18/2013  59 comments
The Harbin Haohai Robot Company in China has developed a robotic restaurant staff and opened a restaurant that uses them to cook, greet clients, and wait tables.
Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin
Blog 
2/5/2013  42 comments
The majority of robots modeled after snakes and worms are designed for rescue and medical operations.
Rock Always Wins in Lawnmower Battle
Made by Monkeys 
2/27/2013  42 comments
Hitting a rock with your lawnmower shouldn't destroy the mower -- that is, unless it is built by monkeys.
Korean Researchers Invent Bendable Battery
Blog 
2/7/2013  41 comments
Korean researchers have developed what they are claiming is the world's first bendable lithium-ion battery, an invention that could pave the way for more flexible mobile and electronic devices.
The Saturn’s Failing Plastic Window Parts
Made by Monkeys 
2/21/2013  40 comments
When the plastic part that lifts the window in your Saturn breaks, get plenty of replacement parts. You'll need them.
Boeing's Woes Shouldn't Be an Indictment of Electric Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
2/4/2013  38 comments
If Boeing's problems with its 787 Dreamliner serve as an indictment of lithium-ion batteries, then that's a shame.
Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
Engineering Materials 
2/8/2013  36 comments
A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
Slideshow: Chevy Cruze Diesel Is About the Torque
Captain Hybrid 
2/22/2013  36 comments
After a long drought, an American-made compact car, the Chevy Cruze, will finally offer a diesel engine later this year.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Blog 
2/4/2013  36 comments
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2013  34 comments
There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
Auto Execs: Plug-In Hybrids Will Soar, Pure EVs Decline
Captain Hybrid 
2/8/2013  33 comments
Automotive executives foresee a big future for plug-in hybrids over the next five years but are less bullish on the future of pure EVs, a new study from KMPG International says.
Slideshow: Powertrain Technology Moves to the Forefront
Captain Hybrid 
2/6/2013  32 comments
From tiny three-cylinder engines to massive V-8s, these engines demonstrate that fuel efficiency is the biggest motivator for automakers going forward.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 
2/18/2013  31 comments
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
Army's 'Super Engine' Would Streamline Fuel Use
Blog 
2/5/2013  30 comments
The US military is looking to bolster fuel efficiency by creating a so-called "super engine" that runs on one type of fuel and can power a number of vehicles, including ground transport, generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
Blog 
2/19/2013  29 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.
Startup Devises Liquid Metal Batteries for the Electricity Grid
Blog 
2/26/2013  28 comments
The founders of Boston-area startup Ambri have invented new liquid-based heavy-duty battery technology they hope will be the foundation of the next-generation electricity grid in which alternative energy will play a key role.
Report: Plastics Associations Make Progress on Ocean Cleanup
Engineering Materials 
2/22/2013  26 comments
58 plastics associations report the progress they've made on the Global Declaration of the Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter.
Slideshow: Fisker Says 'Plug-In Hybrids Make More Sense Than Pure Electrics'
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2013  26 comments
The worldwide auto industry is taking the wrong path to environmental friendliness, Fisker Automotive co-founder Henrik Fisker told an audience at the recent Chicago Auto Show.
The Subcontractor Zapped the Network
Sherlock Ohms 
2/20/2013  25 comments
While we were off on holiday, a subcontractor completely discombobulated the electrical network.
Futurist: 3D Printing Will Pave the Way for a New Era of Manufacturing
Electronic News & Comment 
2/14/2013  25 comments
Future manufacturing will be shaped by the consumer's desire for individually tailored products that can be created quickly and on the spot, a futurist told an audience of engineers at this week's Medical Design & Manufacturing West Show.
Prospective Engineers Get a 'Good Feeling'
Electronic News & Comment 
2/28/2013  24 comments
A music video set to Flo Rida, extolling the virtues of engineering salaries, comes from the most unlikely of sources.
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Blog 
2/28/2013  24 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
USC Researchers Invent Longer-Lasting Lithium-Ion Battery
Blog 
2/25/2013  23 comments
Researchers at the University of Southern California have come up with a new design for lithium-ion batteries that can hold more energy and recharge within a mere 10 minutes.
Electronic Learning Toys Can Help Educate the World
Blog 
2/25/2013  22 comments
Lego-like toys from littleBits Electronics that snap together with magnets try to teach everyone about electronic design.
Onshoring: A Trend in Automation?
Blog 
2/11/2013  22 comments
With automation, companies are able to bring manufacturing back to the US, respond to changing market demands quicker, protect Intellectual Property, and have total quality control.
Gadget Freak Case #233: Inline Clock With Incandescent Display
Gadget Freak 
2/21/2013  22 comments
David Christianson's inline clock has an electromechanical incandescent display based on an array of tiny projectors that share a ground glass rear projection plane.
Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2013  21 comments
What may be the biggest build volume in additive manufacturing, at least for metal parts, is being done by Sciaky Inc. by combining an electron beam welding gun with wirefeed additive layering. It can make parts as large as 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft.
Slideshow: Diesels, Turbochargers Power Chicago Auto Show
Blog 
2/25/2013  20 comments
Coming less than a month after the auto industry's biggest exhibition in Detroit, the recent Chicago Auto Show featured a distinct flavor all its own.
AC-DC Power Supplies Are Shrinking
Guest Blogs 
2/21/2013  20 comments
Power-supply design trends are clear and dramatic. For the AC-DC supplies, these changes are due to multiple factors combining to yield these more-compact designs. Some of the factors are obvious, but others are not.
Report: Farm, War Machines Rule Professional Service Robot World
Blog 
2/13/2013  20 comments
The International Federation of Robotics expects more than 90,000 professional service robots to be sold from 2012 to 2015.
Floodlights in the Spotlight
Guest Blogs 
2/21/2013  19 comments
Floodlights provide the bright conditions necessary for nocturnal leisure or industrial activities and can increase security. However, with some lights powered for up to 10 hours a day, electricity and maintenance costs can really add up.
French Designer Uses 3D Printer to Create Humanoid Robot
Blog 
2/8/2013  18 comments
Through his InMoov project, French artist and designer Gael Langevin is working on a humanoid robot that can be printed with a 3D printer then assembled at home.
Electronic Innovation Will Drive Medical Design
Electronic News & Comment 
2/13/2013  18 comments
Most of us are only vaguely aware of it, but there's a mini revolution taking place in the medical device industry that's going to change the way we monitor our health in the coming decade.
New Class of Mobile Industrial Robots
Blog 
2/25/2013  17 comments
A new category of mobile robots uses a localization and navigation engine to enable self-driving operation in indoor plant and warehousing environments.
Running Robots off the Cuff
Sherlock Ohms 
2/22/2013  16 comments
When they order the wrong robot and you have to keep the line running, it's time to find a hack solution.
Medical Device Vulnerabilities: What to Protect & How to Protect It
Guest Blogs 
2/19/2013  16 comments
Safety is important, and new technologies can enhance the patient experience.
Lulzbot AO-101 3D Printer Ready to Use out of the Box
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/18/2013  13 comments
Turnkey Lulzbot AO-101 3D printer comes with everything needed to get up and running immediately.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
2/1/2013  12 comments
At the recent North American International Auto Show, automakers from around the world displayed technologies aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency and luxury.
A More Natural Way to Learn
Guest Blogs 
2/26/2013  11 comments
With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
Plasma: A Cut Above the Rest
Guest Blogs 
2/1/2013  11 comments
Whether you are a heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer, or are managing an enormous steel manufacturing project, it's important to choose the right machinery for your needs.
Saving Energy: Best-Practices & System View
Blog 
2/20/2013  11 comments
Looking at the options for saving electrical energy in US factories, industry experts say it’s important not only to look at a number of different technologies but also to adopt a new mindset.
Video: PBS Off-Book Explores the Open-Source Art Movement
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/7/2013  11 comments
PBS shows the artistic side of engineering and software design with their Off-Book series, "The Art of Creative Coding."
Motion Control is Key to OSU's Futuristic Electric Car
Blog 
2/28/2013  11 comments
Urban EV is half the size of your average passenger car, corners like it’s on rails, and is capable of being folded to fit into a parking spot.
Polyurethane Composite Toughens Up Seawalls
Engineering Materials 
2/19/2013  10 comments
A pure polyurethane glass fiber composite designed for seawalls is tougher and stronger than standard glass fiber composite materials.
Check Contact Resistance to Diagnose Relay Problems
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  10 comments
Even the best relays can fail at some point, but what causes them to fail?
Report: World Industrial Robot Demand Up 38 Percent
Blog 
2/4/2013  10 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010.
Digital-Mechanical Engineers & 'Nex-Gen' Engineering
Blog 
2/4/2013  9 comments
In order for Internet-connected machines to produce substantial efficiency and productivity gains, there are sets of job categories that will be needed to drive growth and help us realize the benefits.
Free Compiler in the Cloud
Blog 
2/22/2013  9 comments
Arrow and Freescale have partnered in the cloud so you can more easily design a product for the "Internet of Things."
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
Guest Blogs 
2/7/2013  8 comments
When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the object’s presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
MEMS Enabling a Health & Medical Revolution
Guest Blogs 
2/5/2013  7 comments
Wirelessly connected, integrated solutions let consumers monitor and maintain their own health.
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