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2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
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1/26/2015  Post a comment
2014 was big dark year for cyber attacks. Here's the month-by-month blow-by-blow breakdown.
With HoloLens Microsoft Bets on a Holographic Future
Blog 
1/26/2015  Post a comment
Microsoft unveiled more than a new operating system at its Windows 10 event. With its new HoloLens headset the company wants to make holograms a part of everyday life.
China’s Manufacturing Slump Softens While US Growth Erodes Again in January
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1/26/2015  Post a comment
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  2 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
1/23/2015  4 comments
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of today’s auto industry.
Maybe It’s Not Boom Times for Manufacturing
Blog 
1/23/2015  2 comments
Data from a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation undermine the idea of a US manufacturing renaissance.
The Conundrum of Published Specs Versus Real-World Performance
Guest Blogs 
1/23/2015  Post a comment
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Spider Webs, Leaves Inspire Future Network Design for Displays, Solar Panels
Blog 
1/23/2015  Post a comment
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Babak Parviz Goes Through the Glass
Chris Wiltz 
1/22/2015  2 comments
Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award winner Babak Parviz on his new gig at Amazon, the origins of Google Glass and the Smart Contact Lens, and why humanities, not tech, is the future.
Industry Group: Clean Diesel Remains Top Choice for Transit Agencies
Blog 
1/22/2015  10 comments
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
Decoding Procurement: How It Can Work as Design Engineering’s Ally
Guest Blogs 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
Procurement actually means well. There is no question that procurement can do a better job of phrasing their questions or making connections between engineering’s goals and the processes underway. And if you are using the right deciphering code, the result can live up to -- or surpass -- your expectations.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Distributed Manufacturing and Standards
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 
1/21/2015  5 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
Blog 
1/21/2015  11 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
It’s 2015. Where’s My Mr. Fusion?
Blog 
1/20/2015  6 comments
A quick look out the window confirms that flying cars and levitating skateboards, while they actually exist, are still not commonplace. We don’t have transparent aluminum yet, either.
NYC Gets its First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine
Blog 
1/20/2015  23 comments
A recycling center in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, has deployed the city’s first commercial-scale wind turbine, providing a good test bed that could pave the way for similar deployments in the future.
The Case for CFD: Uncovering the Science Behind Internal Combustion Engine Phenomenon
Guest Blogs 
1/20/2015  Post a comment
Internal combustion engines are ruling power generation applications even today, and improvising them to churn out every slice of power is still an area of research for the engineering community.
Google Glass Sales Have Stopped; No One Should be Surprised
Chris Wiltz 
1/19/2015  12 comments
The writing has been on the wall for a while and Google has announced it will no longer be selling Google Glass in its current iteration.
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
Electronics News 
1/19/2015  7 comments
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
10 Places to Visit to Interest Your Kids in STEM
STEM Connection 
1/16/2015  14 comments
Scientific and engineering history is evident everywhere you look in our modern world, and there are a plethora of institutions, museums, facilities and other places that celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ideas and innovations.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  4 comments
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
Engage Materials Suppliers Early to Reduce Vehicle Weight
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  Post a comment
For vehicles to meet the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, three things must happen: customers must look beyond the data sheet and engage materials supplier earlier, and new integrated multi-materials are needed to make step-change improvements.
How Do You Get Started Designing with FPGAs? Here’s How
Guest Blogs 
1/16/2015  2 comments
If you are interested in adding FPGA technology to you engineering toolkit, grab some free tools and an evaluation kit and get started on your own FPGA project. It never hurts to expand your engineering toolbox, and FPGAs are only going to become more popular over the next few years.
2015 Trend Watch: Cyber Security Fears and the Supply Chain Cloud
Blog 
1/15/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers are eyeing cloud-based computing with its compelling advantages. Yet fears of cyber vulnerabilities may hold them back.
$30K Chevy Bolt Looms as Challenge for GM
Automotive News 
1/15/2015  19 comments
General Motors’ glitzy public unveiling of the Bolt concept car this week shows commitment to the future of electric vehicle technology, but it also heaps pressure on its engineers to meet a challenging set of technical goals.
Will Obama’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan Work?
STEM Connection 
1/15/2015  29 comments
If done properly, the president’s plan could benefit nearly everyone. Of course, given the realities of Washington politics, it’s hard to tell whether anything -- or, at least, anything good -- will ever come of this proposal.
Watch: The Nintendo Power Glove Transformed Into an Animation Tool
Blog 
1/15/2015  2 comments
When stop-motion animator Dillion Markey wanted a better way to control his equipment, he found a solution in an '80s video game accessory.
2015 Trend Watch: The IoT Booms but Needs Standards
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1/14/2015  Post a comment
Whether you call it the IoT, the IIoT, Industry 4.0, or Advanced Manufacturing, it's coming on big in 2015, and it’s going to change the very nature of manufacturing, according to Manufacturing Trends to Watch, produced by Frost and Sullivan's Gil Manufacturing Leadership group.
Nvidia & Renovo's All-Electric Supercar Is Tech-Packed
Blog 
1/14/2015  2 comments
The Coupe, showcased at CES 2015, doesn’t come cheap. With a price tag north of $500,000, you’ll need a serious bank balance to back up that electric super-car crush.
Tiny Bots Teach Your Kid to Code
STEM Connection 
1/14/2015  3 comments
While many would balk at the idea of robots looking after children not many could argue against robots educating the younger generation to code. After all, the world they are growing up in depends on it, and it’s still not -- for the most part -- being taught or mandated in schools. There’s even an argument to be made that computer literacy is becoming as important in today’s world as traditional literacy.
Medical-Grade EEG Comes to Your Home
Blog 
1/14/2015  3 comments
Belgian company imec has developed a wireless headset that is bringing hospital-grade EEG out of the clinical setting and into the home.
2015 Trends to Watch in Manufacturing: US Growth
Blog 
1/13/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing is growing rapidly, but reshoring isn't adding much to the expansion.
CES 2015: Sensors Lead the Way in Mercedes-Benz Future Car
Electronics News 
1/13/2015  1 comment
Automotive sensor technology is taking a giant stride forward in a futuristic luxury concept car that’s part chauffeur, part lounge, and part entertainment theater.
Toll Plazas Weigh Vehicles, Harvests Energy From Them
Blog 
1/13/2015  13 comments
While car manufacturers are looking for ways to make automobiles lighter through the use of new materials, researchers in India are finding a way to leverage their weight to create energy.
Will Cheap Oil Boost Manufacturing?
Blog 
1/12/2015  13 comments
At the moment a barrel of oil is under $50. It may soon be under $30, quite a collapse from the $112 per barrel we saw just last summer. The oil crash is prompting a question: will low energy costs result in a rise in US manufacturing? While headlines suggest a coming boom for manufacturing, the story is actually mixed.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Industries and Applications
Engineering Materials 
1/12/2015  3 comments
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
CES 2015: Sensors Add New Dimensions to Consumer Electronics
Electronics News 
1/12/2015  1 comment
With laptops and PCs losing market share to handhelds and wearables, sensors are taking on a growing role in consumer electronics.
What Killed the Amazon Fire Phone?
Chris Wiltz 
1/9/2015  16 comments
Amazon's first venture into smartphones has lost the company $170 million. How that happened is a cautionary tale of over-engineering, failed amibition, and outright hubris.
CES 2015: Revamped Sony Walkman Comes With Big Price Tag
Blog 
1/9/2015  19 comments
Sony used CES 2015 to cash in on its nostalgic “Walkman” brand with a new high-resolution portable audio player.
Design Decisions: Use Epoxies to Protect Against Metal Corrosion
Guest Blogs 
1/9/2015  Post a comment
With the growing demand for new-age applications, corrosion has become an inherent problem. Not only do epoxies confer excellent corrosion resistance, they are also easy to handle and process. However, one must be mindful of selecting the right epoxy system along with the appropriate application techniques for best results.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … You Added to the 'Engineer If' List
Blog 
1/8/2015  10 comments
Here's a list of "You Know You're an Engineer If" contributions from Design News readers.
The DoE Just Broke the World Record in Solar Cell Efficiency
Blog 
1/8/2015  17 comments
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has demonstrated an unprecedented solar cell conversion rate.
CES 2015: Baby’s First IoT; 4Moms' App-Controlled Infant Seat
Blog 
1/8/2015  5 comments
We may still not have reached the era of robo-childcare, but we’re getting there!
Cars & Medical Implants Will Drive Plastics in 2015
Engineering Materials 
1/8/2015  4 comments
More and more -- that's what we'll see from plastics and composites in 2015, more types of plastics and more ways they can be used. Two of the fastest-growing uses will be automotive parts, plus medical implants and devices. New types of plastics will include biodegradable materials, plastics that can be easily recycled, and some that do both.
Here's Your Chance to Learn About the Secrets of FPGAs
Guest Blogs 
1/8/2015  Post a comment
The secrets that programmable logic vendors use to create these amazing devices are typically not discussed in much detail by the manufacturers. But if you understand them you can typically figure out why your devices are performing the way they do.
CES 2015: The BACTrack Vio is a Smartphone Breathalyzer
Blog 
1/7/2015  Post a comment
Where better than Vegas to test your blood alcohol level? Enter the BACTrack Vio, the plug-in smartphone Breathalyzer, featuring wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and an app allowing you to track your BAC results over time.
CES 2015: Jamstik – the Guitar for iOS
Blog 
1/7/2015  Post a comment
Remember when Guitar Hero used to be a thing? No? Well, that might be because you fancy yourself a real musician. But for those who want something in between the completely simulated and completely authentic guitar experience, there’s Jamstik, ¬a MIDI guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
Engineering Disasters: 1984 Romeoville Refinery Blast
Blog 
1/7/2015  5 comments
The 1984 Romeoville refinery explosion was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in US history.
At CES 2015, Toyota Announces it's Giving Away its Fuel Cell Patents
Automotive News 
1/7/2015  5 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Sony Hack Should Sound Off Alarm Bells for Industrial Sector
William Ng 
1/7/2015  2 comments
The real silver lining to come out of the Sony hack scandal was the sobering affirmation for both the US government and private sector that we have long-term and persistent cyber enemies from anywhere in the world.
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Microsoft unveiled more than a new operating system at its Windows 10 event. With its new HoloLens headset the company wants to make holograms a part of everyday life.
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A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
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