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WaterCube Creates Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy
Blog 
7/12/2016  3 comments
A Dutch inventor has invented WaterCube, which creates clean drinking water from the air using solar energy.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Researchers Produce Low-Cost Super-Strong Titanium Alloy
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7/12/2016  Post a comment
Given the urgent need for improved fuel economy in the transportation sector, there has been a renewed interest in titanium as a structural material.
US Will Be at the Forefront in Disruption of Manufacturing
Blog 
7/11/2016  4 comments
At the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit, Siemens executive Klaus Heimrich painted a digitized picture of the future, where the US will lead the world in changing design and manufacturing.
Ion ‘Traffic Jams’ Are to Blame for Inefficient Batteries
Blog 
7/11/2016  2 comments
A newly-discovered phenomenon that explains why batteries lose efficiency has paved the way for better battery architectures and materials in the future.
The First 3D Printer for Microfluidic Devices Allows One-Step Prototyping
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
Dolomite Microfluidics has created the first fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that allows virtually anyone to make rapid prototypes of fluidically sealed devices.
Salamander Robot Walks Like the Real Thing
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
A team of Swiss researchers has created a salamander-inspired robot that's shaped like the real thing, and walks like one, too.
Power Behind the Protocols: Batteries and the IIoT
Blog 
7/8/2016  6 comments
Lithium batteries have become more advanced as remote wireless technologies and low-power communication protocols rapidly expand across industrial automation.
Great Cow BASIC Is Your Alternative to Programming PIC Chips in “C
Blog 
7/8/2016  4 comments
How to use Great Cow Basic, an alternative coding language that is easy to learn and can program PIC chips as effectively as Embedded C.
Automotive ‘Wellness Seat’ Aids Stressed Out Drivers
Automotive News 
7/8/2016  Post a comment
A new sensor-equipped automotive seat could make drivers happier, more comfortable and more alert.
Companies Unveil World's Longest Wind Turbine Blade
Blog 
7/8/2016  1 comment
Adwen and LM Wind Power have teamed up to develop the longest wind turbine blade in the world, at 88.4 meters
The 5 Important Signposts on the Wireless Design-to-Manufacturing Road
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7/7/2016  Post a comment
When it comes to designing a wireless product, there are a few key steps along the path from inception to the final manufacturing and marketing of your product.
Talk to Your Mirror, Find the Sun, and Have a Swim at Night
Gadget Freak 
7/7/2016  Post a comment
An interactive mirror, a solar-seeking microcontroller, and a timer for night swimmers make up this collection of great Gadget Freak projects from our archive.
Hyproline Project Demonstrates High-Performance Metal 3D Printing
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7/7/2016  Post a comment
An EU-backed coalition has developed a solution for 3D printing precision metal parts produced in small series with increased accuracy, less waste, and fewer rejects.
Mistbox Makes Your AC Sweat Its Way to Better Efficiency
Blog 
7/7/2016  5 comments
A new smart-home device takes inspiration from human perspiration to help people get more efficiency out of residential air conditioning units
'Artificial Eye' Sensor Can See in the Dark
Blog 
7/6/2016  Post a comment
Using an all-optical approach inspired by the eyes of fish, University of Wisconsin in Madison researchers have developed an image sensor capable of seeing in near pitch-black darkness.
Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2016  Post a comment
A team of engineers at Michigan Technological University has released free, open-source, software that lets you control your 3D printer via the web.
G Marking for Low-Voltage Electrical Products: What You Should Know
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
G marking is similar in design to European Union notified body schemes that require a higher degree of third-party oversight from accredited labs and their notified bodies. After primary focus on select product types, attention has been turned to some low-voltage electrical products as mandatory G marking items, as of July 1, 2016.
Will IoT's Promise for Smart Airline Baggage Soar or Crash?
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
With all the IoT hype, it's easy to be skeptical about how successful initiatives will be. But it's also easy to see how a technology solution for applications such as smart baggage management could have a revolutionary impact on airline travel.
New Technology, Flexibility Drives Robotics Use in Asia-PAC
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
While much of the growth can be attributed to China's growing automotive manufacturing base, there is evidence of growth in other areas of industrial robotics, including food and beverage, industrial machinery, materials handling, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing and oil and gas.
Solar Paper Is Ultra-Thin for Charging on the Go
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
As battery researchers work on improving the life of future batteries being developed for mobile devices, others are working on portable ways to charge devices on the go when their power sources go flat.
Should Fatal Tesla Accident Make Automakers Rethink Autonomous Cars?
Automotive News 
7/1/2016  49 comments
In the wake of a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in autopilot mode, the auto industry may need to rethink the future of autonomous driving.
Pico Wants VR to be a Stand-Alone, Mobile Experience
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Pico Interactive is developing a stand-alone system, the Pico Neo, that it hopes will transform virtual reality into a more mobile and accessible experience.
Most Manufacturers Use Antiquated Tools to Manage Their Parts
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
A survey by Arena Solutions finds that half of all product companies do not use PLM. They manage their parts using Excel or nothing.
Lego Building Blocks for Pneumatic Valve Manifolds
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Modular approach simplifies assembly of demand-based, custom-configurable valve systems.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
Blog 
6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
Blog 
6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Mean Green Racing Makes Huge Strides in the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln Competition
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
In June, teams from across the US, and several countries worldwide, competed for awards in multiple categories at the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln competition.
Get Hands On When Debugging Real-time Embedded Software
Blog 
6/30/2016  1 comment
A 45-minute per day free course will take place July 11-15, and will walk engineers through a hands-on approach to debugging real-time embedded software.
Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  6 comments
Forget doping. Officials at this year’s Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
Japan Hits the Hard Reset Button on IoT Growth
Blog 
6/29/2016  Post a comment
Through my first-hand experience at MEMS Engineer Forum in Japan, it’s clear to me that the IoT is real and that the Japanese are amply prepared for it and are executing on it today.
Bionic Leaf Uses Photosynthesis-Like Method to Turn Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
Blog 
6/29/2016  3 comments
A cross-disciplinary team of scientists at Harvard University have invented a bionic leaf that can turn solar energy into fuel.
How to Build a Homemade CNC Laser Engraver
Gadget Freak 
6/28/2016  1 comment
Laser engravers can be great tools for DIY projects. But they can also be pricey. Gadget Freak shows you how to build your own CNC laser engraver using an Arduino board.
New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home
Blog 
6/28/2016  1 comment
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Nanocavity Paves Way for Thinner Solar Panels, Optoelectronic Devices
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6/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
Is the IIoT Getting Out of Control?
Blog 
6/27/2016  5 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Super-Sized Wind Turbine Can Improve Output While Saving Money
Blog 
6/27/2016  5 comments
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Advice From Silicon Valley’s Longest-Serving CEO
Blog 
6/27/2016  1 comment
Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest-running CEO, shares some of his thoughts on innovation, procrastination, and why you shouldn't put customers first.
Chemically Active 3D-Printed Structures Are Successfully Demonstrated
Blog 
6/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at American University have produced chemically active structures that, not unlike living things, can actually do things on their own without an external power.
Your Sensor Needs to be a Differentiator, Not a Feature
Blog 
6/24/2016  1 comment
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
CAD on the Run Speeds Formula One Racing
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
Blog 
6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Head-Up Displays, Haptics Top List of Future Interfaces
Electronics News 
6/23/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
New Design Apps: from Augmented Reality to Smartphones
Blog 
6/23/2016  Post a comment
A look at how five different companies have introduced design apps that make the process of moving a product from design concept through manufacturing more efficient.
The Latest Sensor Improves Hands-Free Faucets
Blog 
6/22/2016  6 comments
A new time-of-flight sensor could offer a solution to the problem of balky, touch-free faucets in public washrooms.
NI Leverages HP to Manage Big Data
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
National Instruments has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to create a data system that can handle high-volume sensor data.
Materials Matter More than Anything in Product Development
Blog 
6/22/2016  Post a comment
Join a free online course, June 28-30, about one of the most important topics to understand when you’re making something -- which materials make sense, why, and in which situations.
'SkinTrack' Tech Turns Human Arm Into a Smart-Watch Touchpad
Blog 
6/21/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon university have taken “wearable” technology to the next level with an invention that turns the human arm into a touchpad for smart watches.
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