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Video: Personal Electronic Circuit Board Factory
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/11/2014  16 comments
Squink, a circuit board printer, uses inkjet printing technology and conductive inks to print circuits.
The Next Generation of Design Challenges: Home Healthcare
Guest Blogs 
8/11/2014  11 comments
Medical devices will look and feel different in the next 20 years, because, as design and product development people, our criteria are changing.
Gadget Freak Case #260: Arduino Solar Charge Controller
Gadget Freak 
8/8/2014  13 comments
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panel. It is used to maintain proper charging voltage on the batteries.
System Stores Energy for the Grid – Using Gravel
Blog 
8/8/2014  39 comments
British scientists have found a way to use gravel to store collected energy from renewable sources reliably and efficiently.
'Lab on a Chip' Provides Unprecedented Early Diagnosis of Disease
Blog 
8/8/2014  25 comments
A new technology presents a major breakthrough in preventative medicine by providing the ability to diagnose infectious or inherited diseases long before they’ve historically been identified.
Reflections on GoEngineer Kids’ Camps 2014
STEM Connection 
8/8/2014  3 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality.
Teardown: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Blog 
8/7/2014  8 comments
We're tearing down the brand-new Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller, lighter, and less powerful version of the S5. Call it Samsung's flagboat smartphone.
Cloud-Based Programming Made Easy
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/7/2014  4 comments
The Wolfram Programming Cloud is expected to be a game changer. The application is based on the Wolfram Language and was specifically developed to streamline the creation and deployment of cloud-based programs.
Sap Interferes With Cell Reception
Sherlock Ohms 
8/7/2014  12 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Video: Test Apparatus Uncovers the Flaws of Football Helmets
Electronic News & Comment 
8/7/2014  7 comments
Using sensors and a specialized test stand, engineers have discovered that the root causes of head trauma may lie in a complex pattern of forces that today’s football helmets aren’t equipped to handle.
Top Myths About Stainless Steel
Guest Blogs 
8/6/2014  51 comments
The properties of stainless steel make it well suited for a wide range of applications, but many of the things engineers think they know about stainless steel aren’t true.
Plant Security: From Assets to iPhones
Blog 
8/6/2014  4 comments
Plants are moving their cyber security to the C-level as threats become more numerous.
Can Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal Ones?
Blog 
8/6/2014  7 comments
Plastic bearings are replacing metal in some pretty tough jobs. Sometimes they're equally effective and reliable, and sometimes they actually outperform those parts. We'll tell you all about how this is possible in an upcoming Design News Focus on Fundamentals course.
Bad PCV Valve Takes Driver on Rough Ride
Made by Monkeys 
8/6/2014  21 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
BMW Pushes for Broader EV Adoption With New Charger
Captain Hybrid 
8/5/2014  35 comments
Working with engineers at Bosch Automotive, BMW AG is rolling out a fast-charge system that could replenish the battery of its i3 electric car in just 30 minutes.
Video: Baseball ‘Fanbots’ Lead Cheers, Boost Morale
Blog 
8/5/2014  26 comments
This Korean baseball team has responded to its losing streak by packing a section of its stadium’s stands with interactive robots dubbed “Fanbots” to give the team and its fans a much-needed boost.
Update: Intelligent Composites for Structural Monitoring
Engineering Materials 
8/5/2014  5 comments
Smart composites that let the material's structural health be monitored automatically and continuously are getting closer to reality. R&D partners in an EU-sponsored project have demonstrated what they say is the first complete, miniaturized, fiber-optic sensor system entirely embedded inside a fiber-reinforced composite.
Flexible Supercapacitor Can Be Woven Into Clothing
Blog 
8/5/2014  10 comments
This flexible supercapacitor can power everything from wearable medical monitors to communications equipment without bulky battery packs.
Video: Robot-Driven Video Screens Bring Entertainment to Sea
Blog 
8/4/2014  6 comments
ABB Robotics is taking the advances in plant automation into the on-board world of cruise entertainment.
Light-Equipped Drone Is Your Personal Lighting Crew
Blog 
8/4/2014  5 comments
Litrobot drones are able to illuminate a dynamic subject to capture interesting pictures every time.
Fly Used as Model for Battery-Free, Intelligent Hearing Aid
Blog 
8/4/2014  16 comments
A new low-power microphone device inspired by the hearing of a fly could pave the way for a new generation of intelligent and battery-free hearing aids that focus only on what a listener wants to hear.
Lithium-Ion Batteries to Provide Grid Support in Hawaii
Electronic News & Comment 
8/1/2014  11 comments
Lithium-ion batteries will soon back up the power grid on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, providing the stability to handle intermittent power fluctuations from renewable energy sources.
3D Printer Uses Multiple Colors & Materials
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/1/2014  3 comments
A relative newcomer to the 3D printing market has developed a 3D printer that can use five different materials in multiple colors for customized creations.
GoEngineer Kids’ Camps Fuel Female Interest in Engineering
STEM Connection 
8/1/2014  2 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality. Many classes were nearly 50 percent girls and 50 percent boys.
Great Film & TV Robots of the Early 1990s
Blog 
7/31/2014  8 comments
Take a look through these film and TV robots from 1990 through 1994.
Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi
Blog 
7/31/2014  21 comments
The Soofa is an urban smart bench that provides mobile device charging as well as collects environmental information via wireless sensors.
Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google's Ranks
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2014  10 comments
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Study: Autonomous Cars Headed for Massive Sales by 2035
Electronic News & Comment 
7/30/2014  46 comments
Self-driving vehicle technology could grow rapidly over the next two decades, with nearly 95 million “autonomous-capable” cars being sold annually around the world by 2035, a new study predicts.
Video: MIT Keeps You Warm While You Walk
Blog 
7/30/2014  11 comments
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
Why Use Linux for Device Drivers?
Blog 
7/30/2014  2 comments
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Video: Dean Kamen Discusses Developing a Prosthetic Arm for Wounded Vets
STEM Connection 
7/30/2014  Post a comment
Dean Kamen tells an audience at MD&M East 2014 how his team created the DEKA Arm to meet DARPA's challenge to design a better prosthetic arm for wounded veterans.
Early Concepting: The Design Before the Design
Blog 
7/29/2014  15 comments
The new draw-it-on-a-napkin is the CAD program. As CAD programs become more ubiquitous and easier to use, they have replaced 2D sketching for early concepting.
More Kids' Camps, More Fun & More Future Engineers
STEM Connection 
7/29/2014  Post a comment
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality. Here we check out the stops in California and Utah.
Work Out While You Work
Blog 
7/29/2014  42 comments
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Dean Kamen: 'FDA Not to Blame for Stalling Medical Device Innovation'
STEM Connection 
7/29/2014  1 comment
Dean Kamen told an audience at MD&M East 2014 that FDA regulators aren't to blame for stalling innovation in the medical device industry. Hear what he had to say.
Good News & Bad News About Ocean Plastics
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2014  20 comments
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Blog 
7/28/2014  4 comments
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Blog 
7/25/2014  30 comments
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
GE Aviation, Lockheed & Optomec Star in Metal 3D Printing Project
Engineering Materials 
7/25/2014  2 comments
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
STEM Connection 
7/25/2014  11 comments
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
Gadget Freak Review: The Coolest Cooler; Rotating Wireless Charger
Gadget Freak 
7/24/2014  21 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
Homebuilt Mower Is Better Than a New One
Made by Monkeys 
7/24/2014  23 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
20 Engineers From the World of Sports
Electronic News & Comment 
7/23/2014  38 comments
From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.
IBM Invests $3B in Powerful Processors of the Future
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/23/2014  5 comments
IBM announced it is dedicating $3 billion of funding over the next five years to research and development of new processor technologies.
Video: Thin Polymer Material Defeats Deafening Noise
Blog 
7/23/2014  20 comments
A soundproofing invention called Acoustiblok recently won a television challenge to silence an air horn with only a fraction of an inch of polymer material.
16 Robot Stars From the 1970s
Blog 
7/22/2014  25 comments
Robots came into their own in the 1970s. Gone were the low-budget black-and-white B movies. Now robots roamed in full-color feature films with A-list actors.
System Lockup Stumps Engineer
Sherlock Ohms 
7/22/2014  5 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Share Your Invention & Win Big Money
Gadget Freak 
7/22/2014  1 comment
There is still time to get in your gadgets for the Design News and Allied Electronics second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
Blog 
7/21/2014  29 comments
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Battery-Electric Vehicles: It's a Question of Trickle-Down
Captain Hybrid 
7/21/2014  14 comments
If you’ve charted the course of the electric car market over many years, then you know that we’ve always been two years away from a metamorphosis … or five years … or more.
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