Content posted in November 2012
Time Is Running Out
Tuesday, December 4 is your last chance to enter the Golden Mousetrap Awards. So, what are you waiting for?
Just How Toxic Are Carbon Nanotubes?
Engineering Materials 11/29/2012
Researchers at Texas Tech University have come up with a new method for detecting extremely small CNTs in soils, which will help determine their toxicity.
An Undersampling Wrapup
Mechatronics Zone 11/27/2012
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Contributing technical editor Jon Titus wraps up his undersampling columns with sample rates and a plot with extrapolated lines.
Slideshow: Making Sense of Connected Sensors
The Embedded Technology 2012 trade show held recently in Yokohama, Japan, focused on five smart technologies: energy, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, and transportation systems, as well as mobile and cloud computing.
Slideshow: Great Space Rovers
The Canadian Space Agency, makers of the International Space Station's 30-year robotic Canadarm project, is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers.
Video: Robot Turns Your Dreams Into Art
Ever wondered what your nightly tossing, turning, and snoring would look like if turned into art by a robot? Winners of a chance to stay at a European hotel chain will find out when their sleep pattern data is captured by sensors and painted by an ABB robot.
Robots Take Human Factor Out of Mining
Engineers have developed robots to take the human factor out of mining work and provide automation in the process, making it more efficient and less dangerous for the people involved.
Autodesk Enters the Gaming Industry
CAD/CAM Corner 11/15/2012
Autodesk provides easy-to-use tools for every technical industry. Now, with its new version of Scaleform for mobile game developers, the gaming industry is in their sights.
Slideshow: Scenes From JEC Americas & IFAI
For the first time ever, JEC Americas converged on the city of Boston November 7 to November 9, hosting a massive materials show in conjunction with IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International).
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
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