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Qualcomm Targets Its New VR Development Platform at OEMs
Blog 
9/6/2016  2 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820VR looks like any other virtual reality (VR) headset, but its actually part of a plan by the company to enable OEMs to develop their own VR hardware and applications.
The 'SAW' Robot Uses One Motor to Crawl, Climb, and Swim
Blog 
9/6/2016  1 comment
The Single Actuator Wave-like Robot (SAW) is the first to produce a continuously advancing sine wave with a single motor for locomotion. It can crawl both forward and backward, climb, and swim over long distances.
Kick Start Your Harley and Never Open Your Mailbox Again
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
Design News has a long Gadget Freak history and today we revisit some of the more memorable projects that actually help solve problems.
The More Companies Using 3D Printing, The Better
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
OEMs want a wider breadth of metal material offerings, tighter tolerances on prints, and better surface finishes in their 3D printed medical devices, plus better part density and faster processes. Come find out what's available in materials and processes at a talk by Shannon Van Deren at next month's MD&M conference in Minneapolis.
Plastics: More Powerful Than You Might Think
Blog 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
In a Tech Round-Up e-book, “Plastic Bearings Have Staying Power,” Design News looks at the power of modern day plastics for design and engineering.
6 New Composite Techs for Cars and Planes
Engineering Materials 
9/1/2016  3 comments
This batch of new composite products and technologies includes several based on natural fibers, as well as some made with novel materials and processes.
Plant Security: The Moving Threat, the Effective Response
Blog 
9/1/2016  Post a comment
Alan Grau of Icon Labs analyzes new cyber threats and emerging protection strategies.
Nanofarm Grows Fresh Veggies in Your Kitchen
Electronics News 
9/1/2016  5 comments
By eliminating pumps, sensors, and actuators, a start-up has created a home appliance that autonomously grows food, and costs about half as much as its predecessors.
‘Don’t Go Gangbusters’ on Your IoT Applications
Blog 
8/31/2016  1 comment
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
'Octobot' Is the First Autonomous Soft Robot
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8/31/2016  Post a comment
A new proof-of-concept robot from Harvard's Wyss Institute shows that it may one day be possible to build sophisticated autonomous robots without any hard components.
The Shop Floor Slowly Adopts Mobile Technology
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8/31/2016  Post a comment
Mobile technology is slowly gaining ground on the plant floor, even with indications of high ROI.
The 9 Worst Apple Products of All Time
Blog 
8/30/2016  6 comments
Perfection is a laudable, but ultimately unattainable, goal, even for the world's most successful consumer electronics company. You know the hits; here are Apple's all-time greatest misses.
Auto & Aerospace Eco Mandates Are in Siemens' Crosshairs
Blog 
8/30/2016  Post a comment
Siemens' new version of Imagine Lab was designed to help the automotive and aerospace industries meet environmental mandates.
15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
Blog 
8/29/2016  3 comments
Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.
3 Recommendations for Reducing the Costs and Complexities of Certifying Smart Appliances
Blog 
8/29/2016  Post a comment
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers. 
Hope or Hype? Big Automakers Look to Autonomous Vehicles
Automotive News 
8/26/2016  2 comments
Ford Motor Co. announced plans last week to join an ever-growing number of automakers who intend to produce fully autonomous vehicles in the next five years.
Stratasys Unveils New Technologies for Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
The Tools Have Arrived for the Fully Digital Plant
Blog 
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Obtaining the benefits of a fully digital plant requires IoT connectivity and foresight in the planning process.
3D Printing at the Microscale Will Cut Cost and Size
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems have now been used by several customers for printing 3D polymer and composite structures at the micron scale with embedded electronics and biomedical applications.
6 Automakers Will Lead the Way to EV Battery Growth
Automotive News 
8/25/2016  12 comments
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says.
How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts
Blog 
8/25/2016  2 comments
Take advantage of the properties of plastic to integrate clever features that benefit everyone. Abiding by these guidelines will prepare you for a smooth design cycle.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
Blog 
8/24/2016  2 comments
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
3D Printing Adds Value All Along the Value Chain
Engineering Materials 
8/24/2016  Post a comment
3D printing is now adding value to manufacturers at all steps along the business value chain. Come find out how at a talk by John Jaddou at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
Packaging Gets All Dressed Up for Advanced Manufacturing
Blog 
8/24/2016  Post a comment
From IoT and M2M to flexible robotics and consumer HMI, the advances in smart manufacturing are being deployed on the packaging floor.
6 New 3D Printing Technologies for Cars, Planes & Implants
Engineering Materials 
8/23/2016  Post a comment
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Cyber Criminals Are Lurking on Trusted Sites
Blog 
8/23/2016  3 comments
Cyber criminals have taken to hiding in common CMS platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal.
The Apple Car: A Bridge Too Far?
Blog 
8/22/2016  9 comments
In the war for consumer dollars, Apple needs another win. But is the rumored Apple Car too far of a reach for the iPhone giant?
You'll Need an RFID Implant to Fire This Smart Gun
Blog 
8/22/2016  24 comments
A biohacker has prototyped a novel solution to smart guns -- implanting gun owners with RFID implants so only they can fire them.
How Heat Affects Camera Design and What to Do About It
Blog 
8/22/2016  Post a comment
The landscape of product development is changing. Electronic components and the devices that use them are shrinking, while power and functionality are rising. As a result, heat management is now in the forefront of the design process.
New Catalyst for Biodegradable Plastics Is Fast and Cheap
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2016  Post a comment
A team of researchers at Stanford University and IBM Research have developed a catalyst that could quickly and inexpensively generate biodegradable plastics derived from renewable materials.
Secrets for a 1,500-MPG Car Revealed
Electronics News 
8/19/2016  29 comments
A student team at the recent NIWeek 2016 conference shared its insights into the design of an engine control system for a car that set a fuel efficiency record of more than 1,500 miles per gallon.
Lessons From BattleBots on Engineering and Combat
Blog 
8/19/2016  3 comments
Ahead of their appearance at Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, we look at some of the engineering behind two robots from the hit show, BattleBots, as well as some tried-and-true fighting tactics engineers should keep in mind when taking their own robots into battle.
Engineering the Olympics: Pole Vault
Blog 
8/19/2016  Post a comment
Engineers use finite element analysis to simulate the behavior of a pole vault.
The Autonomous Zombie Defense System
Gadget Freak 
8/18/2016  1 comment
Halloween will be here before you know it. And the zombie apocalypse may come even sooner. Best to prepare yourself by building your own security system to safeguard against the walking dead.
How Engineers Are Dealing with Challenges of Optical Heart Rate Monitoring
Electronics News 
8/18/2016  Post a comment
Five years ago, optical heart rate tracking seemed like an obvious successor to the popular chest straps used by many fitness buffs, but the technology has faced myriad engineering challenges on its way to market acceptance.
The Digital Plant Will Transform Industries
Blog 
8/18/2016  1 comment
A panel discussion at the Advanced Technology Conference in Minneapolis in September will look at the disruptive advances in digital manufacturing.
Tesla Sticks to Its Vision as Gigafactory Grows
Automotive News 
8/17/2016  16 comments
Tesla Motors says the construction of its giant Gigafactory is ahead of schedule, despite the electric automaker’s growing financial woes.
Do Optical Sensors Provide Reliable Heart Rate Data?
Electronics News 
8/17/2016  2 comments
Optical heart rate monitors, hailed as a promising new technology when they hit the market a few years ago, are starting to see some backlash.
GE Takes the Digital Pulse of the Plant
Blog 
8/17/2016  1 comment
GE Digital's Plant Pulse Optimizer gathers plant data from disparate systems and displays it together on one screen.
Changes in CAD Functionality Keep Coming
Blog 
8/17/2016  Post a comment
Given a product as mature as CAD, it’s surprising how much new functionality is still getting added to the old war horse.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Say Hello with LEDs
Blog 
8/16/2016  Post a comment
Networking can be made easier with one of these ESC mesh-networked electronic badges.
ORNL Speeds Up 3D Printing at the Nanoscale
Engineering Materials 
8/16/2016  Post a comment
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
6 New Plastics For Cars, Electronics & Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2016  1 comment
These new plastics are all aimed at cars, electronics and electrical components, plus medical devices, medical tool sterilization, and cleaning.
GoPiGo Turns a Raspberry Pi Into a Robot Car
Blog 
8/15/2016  Post a comment
Take a look at the GoPiGo robotics kit that lets students and hobbyists build a programmable mobile robot.
Suppliers Design Materials for 3D Printing from the Ground Up
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2016  Post a comment
Engineers need workhorse materials with beefy mechanical properties for industrial designs made with 3D printing. Very few have been designed from the ground up for additive manufacturing, but that picture is beginning to change.
Will EPA Relax the 54.5 MPG Mandate?
Automotive News 
8/12/2016  75 comments
A recently released government report has raised the hopes of automakers looking for a break on future fuel economy regulations, despite the warnings of an Environmental Protection Agency official who said the agency is unlikely to back down on its goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Mushrooms Make a Non-Toxic, Next-Gen Building Material
Blog 
8/12/2016  2 comments
Faced with looming EPA regulations, manufacturers are turning to mycelium, a mushroom-based material, as a new, eco-friendly adhesive.
How Ice Can Help Reduce Global Warming
Blog 
8/11/2016  27 comments
As the planet gets warmer, the demand for cooling will increase, which will, in turn, most likely add to emissions. This positive feedback loop is a concern to many.
Rapid Prototyping Is Critical to the Realization of 5G
Blog 
8/11/2016  1 comment
To reap the benefits of 5G technology, researchers need a faster path to prototype.
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