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Content posted in March 2014
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Teardown: Inside the HTC One (M8)
Blog 
3/31/2014  12 comments
The second generation HTC One, dubbed the HTC One (M8), features a dual flash and the new Sense 6 UI.
Helium-Filled Wind Turbine Harvests High-Altitude Energy
Blog 
3/31/2014  29 comments
Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 at MIT with the goal to offer the first commercial turbine capable of harnessing high-altitude wind at a low cost.
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
Gadget Freak Review: Wearable Device Reduces Migraines; LED Outlet Replacement
Gadget Freak 
3/28/2014  23 comments
We look at a wearable device that uses an adhesive electrode and headband to help reduce migraines, as well as a plug-and-play outlet cover that replaces traditional night lights.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
STEM Connection 
3/28/2014  24 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
Best-Practices for Level Measurement Device Selection
Guest Blogs 
3/28/2014  4 comments
Based on the application, several factors must be considered to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of a level measurement device.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2014  9 comments
This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.
Basing Business on Future Technology
Blog 
3/27/2014  18 comments
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies analyzes major megatrends across 32 market segments to determine what products to develop.
How Does an Engineer Predict Step Motor Pull-Out Torque?
Guest Blogs 
3/27/2014  2 comments
Pull-out torque curves are rarely available for actual application conditions.
Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space
Blog 
3/26/2014  34 comments
Paul Jaffe, from the US Naval Research Laboratory, has built modules of satellites outfitted with solar panels and antennas to beam solar power from space.
Inventables Unveils Easel for Cloud-Based Design & Fabrication
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/26/2014  2 comments
Easel was created with beginners in mind. It acts as sort of a gateway app that takes novices from project inception to actual milling in just five minutes.
My Opinion on the IoT: It Isn't Just for Consumers
Blog 
3/26/2014  3 comments
Having a sensor sitting at every node of your operation might seem like information overload, but it’s actually not.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  38 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
Slideshow: Drop-in Jet Biofuels Becoming a Reality
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2014  16 comments
Drop-in jet biofuels have started becoming a reality during the last year. Along with major deals between airlines, engine makers, and fuel producers, one main source may turn out to be renewable diesel already used in ground vehicles, which could make prices competitive with fossil jet fuels.
Training Is Biggest Obstacle for Industrial Engineers
Blog 
3/25/2014  25 comments
Industrial engineers want a continuous flow of training. The 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey by Seminars for Engineers finds lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
STEM Connection 
3/25/2014  4 comments
When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students you’re mentoring, you discover that it’s one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. You’ll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if you’re already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions
Sherlock Ohms 
3/25/2014  18 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.
Slideshow: It’s a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
Electronic News & Comment 
3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Complete Your Security & Loss Prevention Strategy
Guest Blogs 
3/24/2014  5 comments
Cyber-attacks and security have become a regular topic in the media because criminal hackers pose a perpetual threat to any company’s secure data. They present a larger dilemma in that hackers persistently develop new methods to steal sensitive data by looking for any vulnerable spots in a system.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 
3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Nypro Healthcare Improves Rapid 3D Prototyping for Medical Device Makers
Blog 
3/24/2014  4 comments
Nypro Healthcare is offering two new services for medical device makers to ensure they create quality and accurate 3D prototypes before going into volume manufacturing.
Picking the Right Processor Is Crucial
Blog 
3/21/2014  30 comments
We’ve put together a series of classes in our Continuing Education Center that looks at the PIC family of microcontrollers. The lecture series is named Pick (and Implement) the Right PIC MCU.
Gadget Freak Case #252: Animated Weather LED Display
Gadget Freak 
3/21/2014  11 comments
Al Linke's animated weather display uses a Rasberry Pi to periodically pull weather conditions from the Internet and then displays a corresponding animation on an LED display.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  34 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Wausau Coated & Rockwell Build Speedy Flexible Coating Machines
Blog 
3/21/2014  3 comments
Specialty converter Wausau Coated Products wanted to create an automation machine and bring it online faster and less expensively than the conventional specify-and-purchase route. They called on Rockwell Automation for help.
Misapplied Gauges Can Lead to Crisis
Guest Blogs 
3/21/2014  8 comments
A lot of safety appears to center on gauges. There's a reason for that, and it's in the name. In the engineering sense, when something is being gauged, it's usually a measurement relating to safe operating levels.
A Usable User Manual Is the Key to This Car
Made by Monkeys 
3/21/2014  24 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Video: Is the MX3D-Metal the Future of 3D Printing?
Blog 
3/20/2014  11 comments
Unlike many of the 3D printers available, the MX3D printers can work around a part rather than building it straight up. Using such techniques, the printer can print objects on surfaces with angles and slopes or even directly onto walls. In addition, it can print curves and shapes with much more precision and accuracy.
Video: Virtual Reality Makes Human-Robot Interaction Safer
Blog 
3/20/2014  19 comments
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are trying to bridge the distance between humans and industrial robots, not in the real world, but in the virtual one. They have created a way to make these types of interactions safer through a virtual reality environment that enables humans to work closely with robots without being near them.
Future Efficiency Regulations May Focus on Systems
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2014  15 comments
Since industrial motor efficiency is nearing its theoretical maximum, system efficiency is the next logical focus for improvement.
The Customer Is Not Always Right
Sherlock Ohms 
3/20/2014  17 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.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motors’ proposed “Gigafactory,” it’s hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
Slideshow: Robot Ants, Termites & Honeybees Get Autonomous
Engineering Materials 
3/19/2014  11 comments
We've found some swarms of robot termites, a robot modeled after a honeybee, and studies of ants to produce stronger robot joints and muscles.
3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
Blog 
3/19/2014  24 comments
A research team in the lab of Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a prototype for a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable membrane that can give doctors feedback about irregularities occurring inside someone's heart.
Hot Plate Assembly Is Plain Screwy
Made by Monkeys 
3/19/2014  9 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The Apple Security Bug Could Have Been Prevented
Guest Blogs 
3/18/2014  26 comments
We all, as programmers, suffer from the dread disease of seeing what we want to see, instead of what’s actually there.
Shrimp Shells Make Compostable, Moldable Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
3/18/2014  15 comments
Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard have created a low-cost, biodegradable plastic made from shrimp shells that can be used to mass-produce 3D compostable consumer goods, using injection molding or casting processes.
Americans See Engineers as Society’s Chief Innovators
Blog 
3/18/2014  21 comments
A survey by TE Connectivity finds that 87 percent of Americans point to engineers as the force behind innovations and invention.
Slideshow: View Automation's History, From George Washington to Robots Everywhere
Blog 
3/17/2014  10 comments
The history of automation begins in 1790 and roars through the 20th Century with stunning advances. One of the highlights was the Ford River Rouge Plant -- iron ore went into one end of the plant and a finished Model T came out the other end.
3D-Printed Wood – Really!
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2014  42 comments
Does it sound like magic? It's not. You can 3D-print with wood filaments right now, using a choice of colors and filament widths. Objects made from these materials range from things resembling plastic or lumber to stunningly beautiful art pieces that look just like the real thing.
Soft Robotic Heart Valves Mimic Real Movements of Human Heart
Blog 
3/17/2014  4 comments
Researchers at Harvard University have designed a soft robotic cardiac simulator that can move with a 3D motion similar to how an actual heart valve twists when blood pumps through it.
Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2014  4 comments
Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps to reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also significantly become low with the use of renewable energy.
3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2014  16 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) is partnering with Local Motors to develop technology that will 3D-print an entire production-model car. A second deal with Cincinnati Inc. will develop a huge, very fast commercial 3D printer.
Gadget Freak Review: Personal Lost & Found; DIY Solar Phone Charger
Gadget Freak 
3/14/2014  11 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a personal motion tracking device that uses Bluetooth a DIY solar phone charger that is built in a mint tin and only costs $7 to build.
Solar-Panel 'Skin' May Be Future of Sustainable Home
Blog 
3/14/2014  17 comments
A team of Dutch designers has come up with a way to retrofit a typical home in the Netherlands with a “skin” of solar panels and smart technology to make the home more sustainable and energy neutral.
Video: Rolamite Linear Actuator Lowers Friction
Guest Blogs 
3/14/2014  7 comments
Typical linear actuators contain a lead screw and linear ball slide requiring lubrication. These components are eliminated by a Rolamite bearing, which requires no lubrication.
EcoVolt Technology Transforms Beer Into Energy
Blog 
3/13/2014  21 comments
Boston-based Cambrian Innovation has developed a solution called EcoVolt that uses bioelectrochemistry to treat wastewater so it can be turned into electricity. The company is targeting the beverage industry to convert waste from making beer and wine into energy breweries and wineries can use to run their operations.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Carbon Composite Yacht Model
Engineering Materials 
3/13/2014  7 comments
CRP Technology has 3D-printed a 1:14 scale model of a yacht in carbon fiber composites to demonstrate the possibilities and give a boost to boat design. The material and process are also used for under-hood motorsport applications and in aerospace.
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