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Content posted in November 2012
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Gadget Freak Case #229: Modify Your Wall Art
Gadget Freak 
11/9/2012  21 comments
Al Linke has created a gadget that modifies wall art using LED matrix panels behind the art.
Video: IEEE Programs Give Back
Blog 
11/9/2012  9 comments
IEEE has launched programs to bring engineering help to developing countries and the rural US.
Texture & Motion Sensor From Autodesk Research, an Innovative HMI
Blog 
11/9/2012  5 comments
Autodesk's Magic Finger is equipped with an ADNS 2620 low-resolution, high-speed optical flow sensor that senses X-Y motion, and a high-resolution AWAIBA NanEye micro RGB camera with modified HDNS-2100 lens that detects the surface being touched.
Slideshow: Pack Expo Packs 'Em In
Blog 
11/8/2012  13 comments
The world's biggest packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago, provided a glimpse of the future of automated machinery and robotics.
Video: Making a 10,000-Year Clock
Blog 
11/8/2012  24 comments
The Long Now Foundation is building a clock designed to last 10,000 years.
Aerospace Fasteners Mix It Up
Engineering Materials 
11/8/2012  8 comments
Fasteners and fastening systems for spacecraft and commercial aircraft are getting stronger, more reliable, and more varied.
Mouserís IndyCar Success Is a True Team Effort
Guest Blogs 
11/8/2012  2 comments
The racing team had a great 2012 season, filled with excitement, anticipation, and some very close racing.
Slideshow: Solving the Driver Distraction Dilemma
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2012  69 comments
Automakers and suppliers are taking it upon themselves to improve the safety of devices that they're building and putting into vehicles.
First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2012  28 comments
The first civil jet to fly on 100 percent biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications took to the skies Oct. 29 in a test flight in Ottawa, Ontario.
Lessons From Paper Clips
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2012  21 comments
There always seems to be new challenges for the inventor of the paper clip.
Design News Product Spotlight
Blog 
11/7/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we've posted some products from Microchip, Microsemi, and Cypress that deserve a little highlighting.
Slideshow: Apple iPad Mini Teardown
Blog 
11/6/2012  19 comments
Despite Steve Jobs' protestations that 7-inch tablets were "too big to compete with a smartphone; too small to compete with an iPad," on Oct. 23, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple's latest device, the iPad Mini.
Tier 1 Auto Supplier Tests Hybrid Systems Using Simulation
Blog 
11/6/2012  15 comments
Lear Corp. is testing and validating its hybrid and EV power systems with software simulation.
My Opinion on IEC 61508: It Puts Safety First
Blog 
11/6/2012  2 comments
IEC 61508 is intended to be a basic functional safety standard thatís applicable to all industries.
The Ghost Image Messed With the Display
Sherlock Ohms 
11/6/2012  15 comments
There was a ghost image on the display, but nothing was wrong with the connection. So what was the problem?
Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2012  35 comments
Hey Gadget Freaks -- check out the largest, most intricate Lego machine we've ever seen!
Video: Compressed Air Powers Hybrid Engine
Captain Hybrid 
11/5/2012  9 comments
Freescale Semiconductor demonstrated an air-electric hybrid at the recent Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit.
Servo Woes Fired Up the Machine
Made by Monkeys 
11/5/2012  20 comments
The servo drives kept overheating, and some caught fire, but the driver manufacturer said nothing was wrong.
Teamcenter PLM Meets Up With the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/5/2012  3 comments
As part its "future-proof architecture" tenet, Siemens PLM Software is now offering a cloud-based delivery option for Teamcenter via three leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers.
Video: Pneumatics Power Scary Guy
Electronic News & Comment 
11/2/2012  12 comments
Bimba Manufacturing Co. gave a demonstration of the air-powered Scary Guy on Halloween at Pack Expo in Chicago.
European Commission Limits Food-Based Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/2/2012  21 comments
The European Commission wants to limit the use of food crops as a source of biofuel and instead promote non-food sources, such as algae, straw, and various types of waste.
NVIDIA Floats Workstations Graphics to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/2/2012  7 comments
A new NVIDIA platform offers engineers and design professionals workstation-class graphics and compute horsepower from their device of choice, including popular mobile ones.
Slideshow: Paris Auto Show Drives Electric
Captain Hybrid 
11/1/2012  46 comments
The Paris Auto Show featured the latest in EV and hybrid technology.
The Dodge Truck Was a Magnetized Mess
Sherlock Ohms 
11/1/2012  23 comments
This Sherlock Ohms nearly had to dismantle the car in order to find a magnetic snafu.
Optically Isolated Relays Can Handle Industrial Systems, Too
Guest Blogs 
11/1/2012  3 comments
If you think optically isolated relays are just for test-and-measurement applications, think again.
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