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Gadget Freak Case #253: Peltier Thermopile Cloud Sensor
Gadget Freak 
4/18/2014  2 comments
Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it can also measure different sources of radiation.
Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
Blog 
4/18/2014  3 comments
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
'Control, Control, You Must Learn Control'
Guest Blogs 
4/18/2014  1 comment
Practicing engineers have not heeded Yoda's words.
Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
Blog 
4/18/2014  2 comments
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  45 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Want a Better Coffee Maker? Try the IoT
Guest Blogs 
4/17/2014  5 comments
Connected sensor-enabled applications will improve the consumer experience -- and generate new revenue streams.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Blog 
4/17/2014  1 comment
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
Printrbot Unveils All-Metal 3D Printer
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4/17/2014  Post a comment
Printrbot unveils its all-metal Printrbot Simple, bringing durability to low-cost 3D printers.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  21 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Video: 3D-Printed Drone Flies High
Engineering Materials 
4/16/2014  5 comments
3D printing has met up with drones in a 3D-printed UAV. University of Sheffield engineers printed the prototype drone in 24 hours from ABS plastic using Fused Deposition Modeling.
Product Design as a Team Sport
Blog 
4/16/2014  11 comments
Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
Teardown: Dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S5
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
The Rise of Industrial Machines
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Worldwide economic expansion is spurring growth in industrial machinery sales to 5% or 6% per year through 2018.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  2 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Internal Combustion Microengine Has a Twist
Blog 
4/15/2014  5 comments
Vitaly Svetovoy, of the University of Twente in The Netherlands, and his team, has created the worldís smallest internal combustion microengine.
3D Pictures of Huge, Self-Assembled DNA Structures
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2014  3 comments
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
4/14/2014  7 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the sub-systems of today's late-model vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment and DVD players are still prone to be "buggy."
3D Printing High-Strength Carbon Composites Using PEEK, PAEK
Engineering Materials 
4/14/2014  6 comments
Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
Continued Collaboration Is Needed to Combat Counterfeiting
Guest Blogs 
4/14/2014  2 comments
As an industry, we now need to up our game and provide contractors with easier ways to properly identify and report counterfeit products and build collaboration between manufacturers, design engineers, industry organizations, and government.
Soldering Required to Replace Instrument Panel Bulb
Made by Monkeys 
4/14/2014  3 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Teardown
Blog 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Samsung's second-generation smartwatch -- the Gear 2 -- was released this month and is powered by a Tizen-based OS. Join us as we take it apart.
Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
Guest Blogs 
4/11/2014  Post a comment
Itís your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
Yarn-Weaving Printer Creates Custom Clothes
Blog 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Will a new open-source DIY knitting machine from OpenKnit change the way we make clothes?
Gadget Freak Review: First Truly Consumer 3D Printer & Hacked 3D Printer Creates Real Tattoos
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2014  4 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at an affordable plug-and-play printer, a 3D printer that was hacked by a group of French design students to create real tattoos, and an analog camera that was built using 3D-printed and laser-cut parts.
Slideshow: Hot Products from IFPE
Blog 
4/10/2014  Post a comment
Here are the hot products in fluid power showcased at the IFPE show in Las Vegas last month.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  6 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
Lightweighting: The Future of Aluminum
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2014  1 comment
The shift to aluminum is gaining momentum and the demand from automakers for aluminum is soaring, "expecting to reach one billion pounds this year, up from 200 million in 2012, and to grow by more than 30% annually through 2020."
Survey Says Cloud-Based CAD, 3D Printer Use to Surge
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/10/2014  1 comment
The Business Advantage Group recently released its 2014 Worldwide CAD Trends Survey, announcing both a prospective increase in the cloud-based CAD industry and the anticipated incorporation of 3D printing.
Slideshow: New Carbon Composites for Volume Car Production
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2014  20 comments
At the JEC Europe 2014 composites show in Paris, many companies showcased their carbon fiber composite products, especially for volume automotive manufacturing. Some companies touted their contributions to BMW's all-carbon composite body-in-white. Others introduced automotive products and processes.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  5 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Students Design Space Habitats, Tech for NASA
Blog 
4/9/2014  4 comments
NASA is once again calling upon college students to help the space agency design solutions for future space habitats and exploration systems through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
Ensuring Safety in Electrical Engineering Design
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Negligence results when an engineer has failed to comply in ways in which a responsible engineer would in a similar situation. Avoiding negligence means that an engineer should not fail in his or her assigned duties.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
Blog 
4/8/2014  9 comments
Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Robots Aid in Search of Missing Malaysian Jet
Blog 
4/8/2014  18 comments
An underwater robot dispatched by Bluefin Robotics is on deck, ready to aid in the intensive search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing in March.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didnít Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  75 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
What Could Go Wrong When Outsourcing Product Development?
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2014  10 comments
To make sound outsourcing decisions, identify the functions and features, all of the must-haves, your new product requires. Then find a product development partner able to marshal the right technologies for each stage of development and use a proven process to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
Blog 
4/7/2014  2 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
Blog 
4/4/2014  1 comment
Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2014  6 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
Tricky Spark Plugs Take Hours to Replace
Made by Monkeys 
4/4/2014  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
IoT Comes Down to the Sensors
Blog 
4/3/2014  2 comments
Design News is holding a class next week in its online Continuing Education Center that goes through the basics of various types of sensors.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Digital Assistant 'Cortana'
Blog 
4/3/2014  1 comment
Halo fan favorite character, Cortana, is poised to be Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heightsí Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Product Design in the Cloud: Buying PLM by the Drink
Blog 
4/2/2014  2 comments
Cloud-based PLM is catching on as customers seek fast-to-market design and collaboration.
Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech
Blog 
4/2/2014  2 comments
The increasing interest and development of wearable electronics also is calling for new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.
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Practicing engineers have not heeded Yoda's words.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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