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5G WiFi and Smart Test Equipment Will Change the Tech World
Blog 
1/30/2015  Post a comment
National Instruments sees 5G WiFi and software-enhanced test equipment as advances that will change technology and business.
Tesla’s 'Insane' Button Doesn’t Disappoint
Blog 
1/30/2015  2 comments
The new $120,000 Model S P85D boasts a 221-horsepower front motor and a 470-horsepower rear motor that packs a punch. The car is able to go from 0-60 MPH in just 3.1 seconds … quietly.
New Composites Institute Chief Talks About Grand Challenges
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2015  Post a comment
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Belichick's 'DeflateGate' Explanation Falls Flat on Technical Details
Electronics News 
1/29/2015  38 comments
The ideal gas law, first stated in 1834, has suddenly become big news.
Bill Gates Discusses the Future of Tech, AI, and 'Poop Water'
Blog 
1/29/2015  4 comments
Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and fielded fielded questions on everything from his outlook on the future of technology to who he's rooting for in the Super Bowl.
Solar Impulse 2 Preps for Round-the-World Flight
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2015  5 comments
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
Milestones in VR and Augmented Reality
Blog 
1/28/2015  7 comments
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
How to Handle Design Disagreements
Blog 
1/28/2015  10 comments
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
IIoT Spurs Growth of Wireless Devices in Process Manufacturing
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1/28/2015  Post a comment
The Industrial Internet of Things is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked the demand for wireless devices in process manufacturing, according to the new study from ARC Advisory Group.
Learn How to Write Simple Embedded C Applications
Electronics News 
1/28/2015  2 comments
If you’re developing an embedded monitoring and control application, then you’ll want to take note of the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Embedded Development Using Microchip Microcontrollers and the CCS C Compiler."
The Importance of Serial Interfaces in FPGA Designs
Guest Blogs 
1/27/2015  1 comment
FPGAs are the glue logic in today's systems, but what they glue together are a variety of diverse sub-systems with different interface requirements.
Would You Pay $85 to Sleep in the Back of Someone's Tesla?
Blog 
1/27/2015  11 comments
Enterprising Tesla Model S owner Steve Sasman seems to have figured out a way of recouping some of the cost on his car by renting the trunk out on AirBnB, the room/house rental website.
Video: Flexible Jar Design Keeps Hands Clean
Blog 
1/27/2015  6 comments
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
Microwave Has a Bad Connection
Made by Monkeys 
1/27/2015  11 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
Blog 
1/26/2015  5 comments
2014 was big dark year for cyber attacks. Here's the month-by-month blow-by-blow breakdown.
With HoloLens Microsoft Bets on a Holographic Future
Blog 
1/26/2015  2 comments
Microsoft unveiled more than a new operating system at its Windows 10 event. With its new HoloLens headset the company wants to make holograms a part of everyday life.
China’s Manufacturing Slump Softens While US Growth Erodes Again in January
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1/26/2015  Post a comment
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  6 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
1/23/2015  17 comments
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of today’s auto industry.
Maybe It’s Not Boom Times for Manufacturing
Blog 
1/23/2015  5 comments
Data from a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation undermine the idea of a US manufacturing renaissance.
The Conundrum of Published Specs Versus Real-World Performance
Guest Blogs 
1/23/2015  2 comments
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Spider Webs, Leaves Inspire Future Network Design for Displays, Solar Panels
Blog 
1/23/2015  1 comment
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Babak Parviz Goes Through the Glass
Chris Wiltz 
1/22/2015  3 comments
Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award winner Babak Parviz on his new gig at Amazon, the origins of Google Glass and the Smart Contact Lens, and why humanities, not tech, is the future.
Industry Group: Clean Diesel Remains Top Choice for Transit Agencies
Blog 
1/22/2015  21 comments
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
Decoding Procurement: How It Can Work as Design Engineering’s Ally
Guest Blogs 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
Procurement actually means well. There is no question that procurement can do a better job of phrasing their questions or making connections between engineering’s goals and the processes underway. And if you are using the right deciphering code, the result can live up to -- or surpass -- your expectations.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Distributed Manufacturing and Standards
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 
1/21/2015  7 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. 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 users.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
Blog 
1/21/2015  13 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
It’s 2015. Where’s My Mr. Fusion?
Blog 
1/20/2015  7 comments
A quick look out the window confirms that flying cars and levitating skateboards, while they actually exist, are still not commonplace. We don’t have transparent aluminum yet, either.
NYC Gets its First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine
Blog 
1/20/2015  30 comments
A recycling center in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, has deployed the city’s first commercial-scale wind turbine, providing a good test bed that could pave the way for similar deployments in the future.
The Case for CFD: Uncovering the Science Behind Internal Combustion Engine Phenomenon
Guest Blogs 
1/20/2015  Post a comment
Internal combustion engines are ruling power generation applications even today, and improvising them to churn out every slice of power is still an area of research for the engineering community.
Google Glass Sales Have Stopped; No One Should be Surprised
Chris Wiltz 
1/19/2015  13 comments
The writing has been on the wall for a while and Google has announced it will no longer be selling Google Glass in its current iteration.
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
Electronics News 
1/19/2015  7 comments
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
10 Places to Visit to Interest Your Kids in STEM
STEM Connection 
1/16/2015  14 comments
Scientific and engineering history is evident everywhere you look in our modern world, and there are a plethora of institutions, museums, facilities and other places that celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ideas and innovations.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  4 comments
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
Engage Materials Suppliers Early to Reduce Vehicle Weight
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  Post a comment
For vehicles to meet the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, three things must happen: customers must look beyond the data sheet and engage materials supplier earlier, and new integrated multi-materials are needed to make step-change improvements.
How Do You Get Started Designing with FPGAs? Here’s How
Guest Blogs 
1/16/2015  2 comments
If you are interested in adding FPGA technology to you engineering toolkit, grab some free tools and an evaluation kit and get started on your own FPGA project. It never hurts to expand your engineering toolbox, and FPGAs are only going to become more popular over the next few years.
2015 Trend Watch: Cyber Security Fears and the Supply Chain Cloud
Blog 
1/15/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers are eyeing cloud-based computing with its compelling advantages. Yet fears of cyber vulnerabilities may hold them back.
$30K Chevy Bolt Looms as Challenge for GM
Automotive News 
1/15/2015  20 comments
General Motors’ glitzy public unveiling of the Bolt concept car this week shows commitment to the future of electric vehicle technology, but it also heaps pressure on its engineers to meet a challenging set of technical goals.
Will Obama’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan Work?
STEM Connection 
1/15/2015  29 comments
If done properly, the president’s plan could benefit nearly everyone. Of course, given the realities of Washington politics, it’s hard to tell whether anything -- or, at least, anything good -- will ever come of this proposal.
Watch: The Nintendo Power Glove Transformed Into an Animation Tool
Blog 
1/15/2015  2 comments
When stop-motion animator Dillion Markey wanted a better way to control his equipment, he found a solution in an '80s video game accessory.
2015 Trend Watch: The IoT Booms but Needs Standards
Blog 
1/14/2015  Post a comment
Whether you call it the IoT, the IIoT, Industry 4.0, or Advanced Manufacturing, it's coming on big in 2015, and it’s going to change the very nature of manufacturing, according to Manufacturing Trends to Watch, produced by Frost and Sullivan's Gil Manufacturing Leadership group.
Nvidia & Renovo's All-Electric Supercar Is Tech-Packed
Blog 
1/14/2015  2 comments
The Coupe, showcased at CES 2015, doesn’t come cheap. With a price tag north of $500,000, you’ll need a serious bank balance to back up that electric super-car crush.
Tiny Bots Teach Your Kid to Code
STEM Connection 
1/14/2015  3 comments
While many would balk at the idea of robots looking after children not many could argue against robots educating the younger generation to code. After all, the world they are growing up in depends on it, and it’s still not -- for the most part -- being taught or mandated in schools. There’s even an argument to be made that computer literacy is becoming as important in today’s world as traditional literacy.
Medical-Grade EEG Comes to Your Home
Blog 
1/14/2015  3 comments
Belgian company imec has developed a wireless headset that is bringing hospital-grade EEG out of the clinical setting and into the home.
2015 Trends to Watch in Manufacturing: US Growth
Blog 
1/13/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing is growing rapidly, but reshoring isn't adding much to the expansion.
CES 2015: Sensors Lead the Way in Mercedes-Benz Future Car
Electronics News 
1/13/2015  1 comment
Automotive sensor technology is taking a giant stride forward in a futuristic luxury concept car that’s part chauffeur, part lounge, and part entertainment theater.
Toll Plazas Weigh Vehicles, Harvests Energy From Them
Blog 
1/13/2015  13 comments
While car manufacturers are looking for ways to make automobiles lighter through the use of new materials, researchers in India are finding a way to leverage their weight to create energy.
Will Cheap Oil Boost Manufacturing?
Blog 
1/12/2015  13 comments
At the moment a barrel of oil is under $50. It may soon be under $30, quite a collapse from the $112 per barrel we saw just last summer. The oil crash is prompting a question: will low energy costs result in a rise in US manufacturing? While headlines suggest a coming boom for manufacturing, the story is actually mixed.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Industries and Applications
Engineering Materials 
1/12/2015  3 comments
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
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