Don't Fear the Cloud, Embrace It
Guest Blogs 1/29/2014 25 comments The cloud is everywhere; it's always connected and it has your data. Dropbox, Google Docs, and other tools have changed our file-sharing workflow forever. Productivity and communication have improved tenfold. So the question is, will our design applications make the jump to the cloud as well?
Unjamming the Toner Hoppers
Sherlock Ohms 1/27/2014 6 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.
2013: Innovations in Automation & Control
Blog 1/27/2014 2 comments Each year, the Golden Mousetrap Awards offer the Design News editorial staff a chance to review the most innovative products of the previous year. In the automation and control area, the process also normally reveals some of the major trends in products and technologies that are making the biggest impacts in manufacturing, since the Golden Mousetrap is all about innovation and forwarding looking designs.
You’ll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
Blog 1/22/2014 Post a comment We’ve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes won’t make you an expert, it’ll get you much further down the road in your wireless development.
Google Buys Boston Dynamics: Is That a Good Thing?
Engineering Materials 1/22/2014 28 comments Google's expected target applications for its new robot division are in manufacturing and retailing, and its other robot purchases are right in line. So why did it buy Boston Dynamics, the leading-edge military robot company?
3D Print Metals For Under $2,000
Engineering Materials 1/21/2014 31 comments You can build a low-cost open-source 3D printer that makes metal parts for less than $2,000, designed by Joshua M. Pearce and his team at Michigan Technological University (MTU). MTU and Sigma Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding to support commercial development.
Does Technology Restrict Creativity?
Guest Blogs 1/20/2014 15 comments Will future generations lack creativity as technology and design develops, so that we're in a more controlled and creatively limited environment, or are we simply a species that rolls with the times?
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
Blog 1/20/2014 23 comments Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.
The IoT Impacts Manufacturing, Too
Guest Blogs 1/17/2014 11 comments Today, all signs point to the value of the IoT. It’s here, it’s not going anywhere, and it has the potential for a multitrillion-dollar worldwide economic impact.
PLCs Drive Down Costs for School Buses
Guest Blogs 1/16/2014 15 comments Deft PLC programming and simplicity cut engine block heating costs by nearly 73%, from an annual average of $20,000, to just $5,500 for the 2012-2013 school year in one Colorado town.
Novel Relative Rotation & Displacement Measurement Technique
Guest Blogs 1/16/2014 4 comments In a number of engineering and scientific disciplines, the ability to directly correlate the magnitude and direction of a force emanating from an external source has a high intrinsic value. By more precisely identifying the nature of the source that generated or generates these forces, the more we improve our ability to predict how the world around us will behave.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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