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The 'Conspiracy' Behind the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
6/18/2012  111 comments
Discussions about the cost of electric cars usually lead to questions about a conspiracy against them.
China's Electric Cars No Better Than Ours
Captain Hybrid 
6/6/2012  78 comments
Chinese leaders are scaling back their plans to sell 500,000 electric vehicles a year by 2015.
Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2012  70 comments
The Department of Transportation says it is putting its foot down on driver distraction.
Slideshow: Speedo Redesigns Banned Record-Breaking Swimsuit
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/21/2012  60 comments
Speedo, in partnership with ANSYS, leveraged multiphysics simulation software to create its Fastskin Racing System, which reduces full-body passive drag by up to 16.6 percent.
Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off
Blog 
6/8/2012  54 comments
The zero-emission two-seater levitates above the road and propels itself forward using electromagnetic road networks.
Gadget Freak Case #217: Finding the Sun With a Microcontroller
Gadget Freak 
6/22/2012  51 comments
Jerald Cogswell has created a gadget that finds the sun for solar applications.
Gadget Freak Case #216: Wirelessly Charged Indestructible LED Lantern
Gadget Freak 
6/11/2012  41 comments
John Duffy created an indestructible LED lantern that can be recharged without opening its hard PVC shell.
Gadget Freak Case #218: Finally – A Decent Space Heater Thermostat
Gadget Freak 
6/29/2012  37 comments
Andrew Morris designed an electronic thermostat that senses actual room temperature. He tested and tweaked the design to get the proper control range and hysteresis.
Airbus Delays Repair of Cracked A380 Wings
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2012  37 comments
Airbus has reportedly delayed making long-term repairs to the composite/metal wings of its A380 jet, which have developed hairline cracks due to materials and fastener mismatches.
Determined Homeowner Gets Coin Catcher Clean
Made by Monkeys 
6/7/2012  36 comments
The washer came with a coin trap. Great idea if you can get to the coin trap to clean it out.
All-Plastic Electronics Power Flexible Color Display
Engineering Materials 
6/7/2012  32 comments
A flexible color display developed for an e-reader being tested in Russian schools is daylight readable, and has applications that go beyond conventional e-readers.
Washing Machine Can Keep the Change
Made by Monkeys 
6/14/2012  31 comments
You have to dismantle this washing machine just to clean out the coin catch.
Can Creativity Be Taught?
Blog 
6/13/2012  31 comments
A DAC panel asked whether engineers have what it takes to color outside the lines.
Lawnmower Twisted Its Drive Belt Useless
Made by Monkeys 
6/28/2012  31 comments
The drive belt twisted itself useless after only seven hours of use. The owner then stepped in with a fix of his own.
Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
Blog 
6/28/2012  30 comments
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
Plastic Components Couldn't Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
6/22/2012  29 comments
The brake lights failed because the Audi couldn't take the heat.
Gadget Freak Case #215: Automating the Doggie Door
Gadget Freak 
6/5/2012  28 comments
Les Kelly’s remote opens or closes a pet flap, whether on a crate or a door, and can work through walls. A timer can be attached to let your pet out at a regular time of the day.
West Wind Tilts Radio Antenna Out of Range
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2012  26 comments
The radio signal was not reaching those to the west of the antenna tower. A tilting antenna told the story.
3D Printers' Role Fueled by Content Tools
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/29/2012  26 comments
Along with cheaper, more accessible 3D printers, new content creation tools are helping promote the technology for personal manufacturing.
Humanoid Robot Fights Fires on Ships
Blog 
6/1/2012  25 comments
Virginia Tech's RoMeLa lab is designing and building the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, or SAFFiR.
Electric RAV4 Rolls Off Toyota Line
Captain Hybrid 
6/5/2012  25 comments
The automaker, which spent almost a decade out of the EV market, plans to sell 2,600 of the vehicles in three years.
Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans
Blog 
6/27/2012  24 comments
A swimming robot that faithfully mimics human motions better than previous attempts could help produce more streamlined swimsuits, improve the performance of competitive swimmers, or serve as an aid in physical therapy.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
Blog 
6/25/2012  21 comments
A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.
Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach
Blog 
6/8/2012  21 comments
A new foundation will support the development of open-source robotics software to bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots.
Detroit Paves Road to Autonomous Driving
Blog 
6/11/2012  18 comments
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, lasers, and radar will help future vehicles drive themselves.
Video: Making the Leap to 3D Motion Control
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/8/2012  18 comments
Leap Motion's Leap device promises to bring interactive 3D motion control and gesture interfaces to professional applications like 3D drawing and modeling.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 
6/21/2012  17 comments
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Metals Still Rule in Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2012  16 comments
The biggest transportation lightweighting role in the near term will be played by high-performance metals such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steel, according to LUX Research.
Slideshow: Vintage Cars Take to Indy Track
Blog 
6/15/2012  16 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 this year, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Petroski on Engineering: a Geography of Design
Guest Blogs 
6/1/2012  15 comments
The more technically inclined may not be immune to being influenced by outward appearances, but they are also interested in what is inside.
Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Display Glass
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2012  15 comments
Corning says its 100-micron Willow Glass is the first display material that can be made in high-volume roll-to-roll manufacturing processes for consumer electronics.
Case of the Broken-Down Satellite
Sherlock Ohms 
6/4/2012  14 comments
At precisely 11:30 a.m. each day, the satellite earth station experienced channel noise alarms.
Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures
Blog 
6/20/2012  14 comments
Researchers at Singapore's A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research have created gesture recognition software that lets robots recognize human gestures correctly and quickly, with minimal training.
Video: Five Ways to Get an Edge in IndyCar
Blog 
6/4/2012  14 comments
Even operating within the tight constraints of the rules, engineering teams can make the difference between victory and defeat.
What's in Store for 2H12?
Blog 
6/4/2012  13 comments
Design News has covered an astounding number of stories and topics so far this year, but we're not going to rest on our laurels. Stay tuned.
Virgin's SpaceShipTwo Gets Green Light for Powered Tests
Blog 
6/14/2012  13 comments
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo commercial spaceship, made primarily of carbon composites, has gotten an FAA experimental launch permit for rocket-powered, suborbital test flights.
EV Battery Chemistry Could Eliminate Cooling Systems
Captain Hybrid 
6/14/2012  13 comments
A123 Systems Inc. says its new lithium-ion cells could allow carmakers to produce electric vehicles without cooling systems.
Digital Recorder Unorganizes Your Music
Made by Monkeys 
6/11/2012  13 comments
Digital audio recorder names your song files with its own confusing system.
Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot
Mechatronics Zone 
6/29/2012  13 comments
In May, we told you about Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board that lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors. Here's an update.
3D Printing Adds a New Dimension to Product Design
Blog 
6/11/2012  12 comments
3D printing is in the spotlight. Learn more about this technology during Design News' radio show.
Plastics, Adhesives & Coatings Miniaturize Products
Engineering Materials 
6/15/2012  12 comments
A wide array of materials aid engineers in the miniaturization of medical and consumer electronics and solar power equipment.
Understand How & Why a Dev Kit Should Be Your Design’s Starting Point
Blog 
6/15/2012  12 comments
Design News' Continuing Education Center, sponsored by DigiKey, is running a class next week that walks the designers through a series of development kits.
Slideshow: Samsung Galaxy S3 Teardown
Blog 
6/19/2012  12 comments
It should come as no surprise that Samsung's latest high-end Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S3, has drawn the interest of consumers, designers, engineers, and market analysts.
Keep the Focus on Requirements
Blog 
6/20/2012  12 comments
Adding unnecessary features to a product just because you can is sloppy engineering.
Video: IndyCar Pit Boss Talks Tires
Blog 
6/12/2012  10 comments
Get down and dirty in the pits of the IndyCar circuit.
IndyCar Teams Look for Electronic Edge
Blog 
6/7/2012  9 comments
New rules against changing software code in certain parts of IndyCar vehicles will limit the ability of microcontrollers to give teams a competitive edge.
Sensing Trouble Out at the Network Edge
Blog 
6/8/2012  9 comments
No matter what the environment, sensors are expected to communicate with reliability, accuracy, and durability.
Fujitsu Labs Addresses 3D Parts Reuse
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/7/2012  9 comments
Promising to accelerate parts model reuse and shorten design time, a Fujitsu research team has developed new global shape retrieval technology that unearths partially similar models from stored 3D CAD models.
3D Systems' Custom Prosthetics Ooze Personality
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/25/2012  9 comments
Via its latest acquisition of Bespoke Innovations, 3D Systems is getting into the medical device business, leveraging its 3D print technology to create personalized prosthetics.
Siemens Takes the Sting Out of Data Management
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/26/2012  8 comments
Accompanying the debut of Solid Edge ST5, Siemens PLM Software rolls out Insight XT, which leverages Microsoft SharePoint to mitigate some of the complexity associated with design data management.
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