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Content posted in June 2012
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Sensing Trouble Out at the Network Edge
Blog 
6/8/2012  9 comments
No matter what the environment, sensors are expected to communicate with reliability, accuracy, and durability.
IndyCar Teams Look for Electronic Edge
Blog 
6/7/2012  9 comments
New rules against changing software code in certain parts of IndyCar vehicles will limit the ability of microcontrollers to give teams a competitive edge.
Determined Homeowner Gets Coin Catcher Clean
Made by Monkeys 
6/7/2012  36 comments
The washer came with a coin trap. Great idea if you can get to the coin trap to clean it out.
All-Plastic Electronics Power Flexible Color Display
Engineering Materials 
6/7/2012  32 comments
A flexible color display developed for an e-reader being tested in Russian schools is daylight readable, and has applications that go beyond conventional e-readers.
Fujitsu Labs Addresses 3D Parts Reuse
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/7/2012  9 comments
Promising to accelerate parts model reuse and shorten design time, a Fujitsu research team has developed new global shape retrieval technology that unearths partially similar models from stored 3D CAD models.
China's Electric Cars No Better Than Ours
Captain Hybrid 
6/6/2012  78 comments
Chinese leaders are scaling back their plans to sell 500,000 electric vehicles a year by 2015.
Metals Still Rule in Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2012  16 comments
The biggest transportation lightweighting role in the near term will be played by high-performance metals such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steel, according to LUX Research.
Siemens Steps Up Search & 3D Data Sharing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/6/2012  6 comments
Siemens PLM Software has released Active Workspace, a visual, interactive environment that complements PLM, helping users easily find and access intelligent 3D product data across systems to aid in better decision making.
Specifying & Creating Data-Acquisition Systems, Part 4
Mechatronics Zone 
6/6/2012  5 comments
Mathematics can provide the answer to problems with sampled signals.
Gadget Freak Case #215: Automating the Doggie Door
Gadget Freak 
6/5/2012  28 comments
Les Kellyís remote opens or closes a pet flap, whether on a crate or a door, and can work through walls. A timer can be attached to let your pet out at a regular time of the day.
Electric RAV4 Rolls Off Toyota Line
Captain Hybrid 
6/5/2012  25 comments
The automaker, which spent almost a decade out of the EV market, plans to sell 2,600 of the vehicles in three years.
ANSYS Takes Aim at Embedded Software
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/5/2012  5 comments
On the heels of its acquisition of Esterel Technologies, ANSYS steps into the world of systems engineering, rounding out its portfolio with a simulation tool for embedded software.
Video: Five Ways to Get an Edge in IndyCar
Blog 
6/4/2012  14 comments
Even operating within the tight constraints of the rules, engineering teams can make the difference between victory and defeat.
Case of the Broken-Down Satellite
Sherlock Ohms 
6/4/2012  14 comments
At precisely 11:30 a.m. each day, the satellite earth station experienced channel noise alarms.
What's in Store for 2H12?
Blog 
6/4/2012  13 comments
Design News has covered an astounding number of stories and topics so far this year, but we're not going to rest on our laurels. Stay tuned.
Petroski on Engineering: a Geography of Design
Guest Blogs 
6/1/2012  15 comments
The more technically inclined may not be immune to being influenced by outward appearances, but they are also interested in what is inside.
Humanoid Robot Fights Fires on Ships
Blog 
6/1/2012  25 comments
Virginia Tech's RoMeLa lab is designing and building the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, or SAFFiR.
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