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Content posted in September 2012
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An Anti-Alias Filter Review
Mechatronics Zone 
9/12/2012  9 comments
This column describes a filter-selection “gotcha,” and includes references to anti-alias-filter information.
Solar Inverter Optimization
Blog 
9/12/2012  8 comments
Automation control technology plays a key design role in balancing energy-efficiency gains with the need for lifetime reliability and low-cost solutions.
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Captain Hybrid 
9/11/2012  94 comments
Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Video: Robot Security Camera Patrols RNC
Blog 
9/11/2012  16 comments
A remote-controlled Roomba-like robot with a wide-angle camera for inspecting under cars helped the Republican National Convention's security detail look for bombs.
Design Decisions: An Update on Instant Adhesives
Guest Blogs 
9/11/2012  6 comments
New formulations bond in seconds to most substrates and offer improved aesthetics.
Lead-Acid Batteries Seek New Role in Hybrids, Plug-Ins
Captain Hybrid 
9/10/2012  27 comments
Using a souped-up version of a chemistry that's been around since the days of Edison, a Detroit-area startup wants to slash the costs of batteries for hybrids and plug-in cars.
Petroski on Engineering: Everyone Loves Good Design
Guest Blogs 
9/10/2012  23 comments
Unlike buildings, which hide their engineering behind architectural facades, bridges tend to lay bare their structural design features.
LED Headlights Shine Light on New Power Architectures
Blog 
9/10/2012  13 comments
Automotive front lighting systems no longer use simple light bulbs. Solid-state LED drivers are providing needed improvement in the overall solution.
When Is a Robot Not Mechanical? When It's an Android
Blog 
9/10/2012  26 comments
An artificial jellyfish created by Harvard and Caltech researchers goes a lot further than biomimicry, resembling an android more than a robot.
Gadget Freak Case #224: Gadget Remembers What You Need to Do
Gadget Freak 
9/7/2012  21 comments
George Tempesta's motion-triggered calendar keeps track of time and dates when a chore or event needs attention.
Video: Create 3D Scans of Everything
Blog 
9/7/2012  7 comments
The Kinect@Home crowdsourcing project will help engineers create a catalog of scans that will help robots recognize what's around them.
Siemens Technology Stack Takes the Sting Out of PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/7/2012  4 comments
Siemens PLM Software is assembling next-generation user interfaces, sophisticated search, and visualization technology coupled with highly granular industry-specific capabilities to reduce the ongoing complexity surrounding PLM.
Autonomous UAVs Fly in Swarms
Blog 
9/7/2012  16 comments
Boeing and Johns Hopkins University have demonstrated the ability of autonomous UAVs to fly in a swarm without a ground control station.
Robot Collects Storm Data During Hurricane Isaac
Blog 
9/6/2012  22 comments
A robot collecting oceanographic data in the Gulf of Mexico got a close-up look at Hurricane Isaac, whose eye passed 60 miles east of where it was cruising.
Making Beautiful Music With Smart MEMS Microphones
Guest Blogs 
9/6/2012  5 comments
The true sound of music can be recorded with a quality once reserved for musicians and rich wannabes with private recording studios.
MapleSim 6 Goes Heavy on Modelica Support
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/6/2012  2 comments
In expanding support for the Modelica open-source language, MapleSim 6 aims to integrate its physical modeling and simulation capabilities with the rest of the design tool chain.
Calling All Messy Engineers!
Blog 
9/6/2012  18 comments
We want photos of your disheveled desks.
Slideshow: Content Creation Tools Push 3D Printing Mainstream
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/5/2012  13 comments
In addition to a ready selection of low-cost 3D printer models, a host of 3D content creation tools and services is fueling mainstream adoption of the technology, along with a drive toward personal manufacturing.
Video: Silicone Robot Mimics Surroundings
Blog 
9/5/2012  18 comments
Low-cost silicone robots that walk, change color to match their surroundings, and light up in the dark may soon be helping first responders and the military.
Fixing This Car's Heater Is Easier Said Than Done
Made by Monkeys 
9/5/2012  63 comments
In order to fix the heater on this 1998 Oldsmobile, the owner had to nearly take the whole car apart.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 
9/5/2012  7 comments
Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
Honda's Latest Robot Mows Your Lawn
Blog 
9/4/2012  54 comments
Miimo is a robotic lawnmower that works via electronic sensors to continuously cut grass and safely navigate slopes and obstacles.
Keeping Track of Emerging Markets
Blog 
9/4/2012  15 comments
Depending on the markets and applications you serve, different countries can be at varying states of “emergence.”
Send Kids to College With Tools
Blog 
9/4/2012  20 comments
Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus taught his kids how to fix things at a young age. Not only did it give them a little independence, it also helped them make friends later in life.
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