Content posted in October 2012
Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly
MIT researchers have created a prototype of a wearable sensor that can create maps of a person's environment as they move through it. Researchers envision emergency responders using the device to navigate disaster sites.
PTC Quietly Releases Free Mathcad Version
CAD/CAM Corner 10/29/2012
Engineers looking to beef up their stockpile of free design tools should take a peek at PTC's new Mathcad Express, a free, somewhat limited version of its engineering calculation software.
Products to Watch For
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from IAR Systems, LDRA, and Analog Devices that need a little highlighting.
Materials Buyers Are Multitaskers
Engineering Materials 10/23/2012
Our recent Materials Survey shows that design engineers will be setting the parameters of many designs. Today's engineers have cross-discipline expertise and are involved in multiple job functions.
Undersampling Changes Bandwidths
Mechatronics Zone 10/19/2012
Before you choose a frequency, you should understand how each upper and lower sampling frequency affects aliasing of signals in the 8MHz bandwidth.
Video: MABEL Mimics Human Gait
MABEL is a new humanoid robot developed by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Michigan that can walk and climb stairs like a human.
Biofuel From Seaweed Saves Water, Land Area
Engineering Materials 10/18/2012
Making biofuels from seaweed is one of the latest ideas for creating sustainable fuels that don't compete with food crops. Two different teams, one US-led and one in India, are working on solutions.
Interfacing Intelligent Sensors With Industrial Ethernet Networks
While Industrial Ethernet has become the kingpin and standard for automation control networks, some devices such as smart sensors and actuators are relying on a simpler, point-to-point communications protocol to save on the cost, size, and complexity that an Ethernet solution requires.
3D Printing Flies High
Engineering Materials 10/15/2012
Materials and processes for creating 3D printed production parts from plastics, metals, and even carbon composites are on the horizon for aerospace applications.
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
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.
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.
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.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
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.
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