54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Automotive News 8/24/2012 227 comments The White House's goal of a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy could inspire innovation, but it could also lead to safety and costs trade-offs.
Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels
Engineering Materials 8/23/2012 72 comments A Japanese prototype with motors in its wheels can go 218 miles on a single charge, 30 percent farther than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.
GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Automotive News 8/30/2012 56 comments General Motors says it will shut down the plant that builds the Chevy Volt for four weeks to match supply with demand and to accommodate its Impala production schedule.
Solar Cells Help Windows Generate Electricity
Engineering Materials 8/15/2012 41 comments A new kind of polymer solar cell that is almost 70 percent transparent to the human eye could give windows the ability to generate electricity by absorbing mostly infrared, not visible, light.
Video: Robots to Recycle Space Junk
Blog 8/16/2012 40 comments DARPA's Phoenix program plans to harvest the components of retired, nonworking geostationary earth orbit (GEO) communication satellites and reuse them, saving money, and cleaning up space junk.
Slideshow: Beyond the Mouse
CAD/CAM Corner 8/8/2012 23 comments New input technologies, from 3D mice to haptic devices, bring a new level of freedom, flexibility, and control to working with 3D design tools.
Gates Foundation Flushes Out Winning Toilet Designs
CAD/CAM Corner 8/20/2012 22 comments A year after it announced grants for its "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge," the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation picked winning toilet designs that have the most potential for bringing cost-effective and safe sanitation to developing countries.
If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...
Blog 8/10/2012 19 comments What advice would you give to a student just starting out in engineering, whether about academics, careers, or just practical living? What do you wish that you had known back in the beginning?
3D Systems Enhances Content Creation Play
CAD/CAM Corner 8/2/2012 13 comments 3D Systems' acquisition of Viztu gives it technology that lets users create 3D content from ordinary digital photos and videos, extending the capabilities of its Cubify.com content creation community.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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