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Solar Paper Is Ultra-Thin for Charging on the Go
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
As battery researchers work on improving the life of future batteries being developed for mobile devices, others are working on portable ways to charge devices on the go when their power sources go flat.
Should Fatal Tesla Accident Make Automakers Rethink Autonomous Cars?
Automotive News 
7/1/2016  49 comments
In the wake of a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in autopilot mode, the auto industry may need to rethink the future of autonomous driving.
Pico Wants VR to be a Stand-Alone, Mobile Experience
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Pico Interactive is developing a stand-alone system, the Pico Neo, that it hopes will transform virtual reality into a more mobile and accessible experience.
Most Manufacturers Use Antiquated Tools to Manage Their Parts
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
A survey by Arena Solutions finds that half of all product companies do not use PLM. They manage their parts using Excel or nothing.
Lego Building Blocks for Pneumatic Valve Manifolds
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Modular approach simplifies assembly of demand-based, custom-configurable valve systems.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
Blog 
6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
Blog 
6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Mean Green Racing Makes Huge Strides in the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln Competition
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
In June, teams from across the US, and several countries worldwide, competed for awards in multiple categories at the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln competition.
Get Hands On When Debugging Real-time Embedded Software
Blog 
6/30/2016  1 comment
A 45-minute per day free course will take place July 11-15, and will walk engineers through a hands-on approach to debugging real-time embedded software.
Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  6 comments
Forget doping. Officials at this year’s Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
Japan Hits the Hard Reset Button on IoT Growth
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6/29/2016  Post a comment
Through my first-hand experience at MEMS Engineer Forum in Japan, it’s clear to me that the IoT is real and that the Japanese are amply prepared for it and are executing on it today.
Bionic Leaf Uses Photosynthesis-Like Method to Turn Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
Blog 
6/29/2016  3 comments
A cross-disciplinary team of scientists at Harvard University have invented a bionic leaf that can turn solar energy into fuel.
How to Build a Homemade CNC Laser Engraver
Gadget Freak 
6/28/2016  1 comment
Laser engravers can be great tools for DIY projects. But they can also be pricey. Gadget Freak shows you how to build your own CNC laser engraver using an Arduino board.
New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home
Blog 
6/28/2016  1 comment
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Nanocavity Paves Way for Thinner Solar Panels, Optoelectronic Devices
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6/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
Is the IIoT Getting Out of Control?
Blog 
6/27/2016  5 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Super-Sized Wind Turbine Can Improve Output While Saving Money
Blog 
6/27/2016  5 comments
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Advice From Silicon Valley’s Longest-Serving CEO
Blog 
6/27/2016  1 comment
Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest-running CEO, shares some of his thoughts on innovation, procrastination, and why you shouldn't put customers first.
Chemically Active 3D-Printed Structures Are Successfully Demonstrated
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6/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at American University have produced chemically active structures that, not unlike living things, can actually do things on their own without an external power.
Your Sensor Needs to be a Differentiator, Not a Feature
Blog 
6/24/2016  1 comment
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
CAD on the Run Speeds Formula One Racing
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
Blog 
6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Head-Up Displays, Haptics Top List of Future Interfaces
Electronics News 
6/23/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
New Design Apps: from Augmented Reality to Smartphones
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6/23/2016  Post a comment
A look at how five different companies have introduced design apps that make the process of moving a product from design concept through manufacturing more efficient.
The Latest Sensor Improves Hands-Free Faucets
Blog 
6/22/2016  6 comments
A new time-of-flight sensor could offer a solution to the problem of balky, touch-free faucets in public washrooms.
NI Leverages HP to Manage Big Data
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
National Instruments has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to create a data system that can handle high-volume sensor data.
Materials Matter More than Anything in Product Development
Blog 
6/22/2016  Post a comment
Join a free online course, June 28-30, about one of the most important topics to understand when you’re making something -- which materials make sense, why, and in which situations.
'SkinTrack' Tech Turns Human Arm Into a Smart-Watch Touchpad
Blog 
6/21/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon university have taken “wearable” technology to the next level with an invention that turns the human arm into a touchpad for smart watches.
Bearings Are Covered with Mobile Apps
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
SKF has developed a few dozen mobile apps to help users select bearings and to analyze the performance of those bearngs in the field.
Beyond the Dyno: A Multi-Axis Test Simulator for Automotive
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
A multi-axis profile simulator takes data from a dynamometer and uses it to create a back-to-back test system profile that synchs speed and torque in time.
Attack of the Tomato Engineers
Electronics News 
6/20/2016  1 comment
Teaming with chefs and farmers, engineers from Analog Devices are using an “Internet of Tomatoes” approach to improve the quality of tomato crops in New England.
Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
Blog 
6/20/2016  3 comments
Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick explained the vulnerabilities to hacking during his keynote address at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing in New York last week.
Researchers Team Up for Cheaper Solar Energy Battery Storage
Blog 
6/20/2016  Post a comment
Three UK research entities have teamed up in a partnership to develop sodium-ion cells as a low-cost alternative to lithium-ion batteries for solar energy storage.
8 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
Origami Star-Inspired Biobattery Runs on Wastewater
Blog 
6/17/2016  2 comments
Engineers have developed a biobattery in an origami ninja star-like design that runs using just a few drops of water.
Keeping Medical Devices in Great Shape for the Long Run
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6/17/2016  Post a comment
Medical device designers are constantly facing new challenges, stemming from rapid changes in the healthcare regulatory and care delivery landscape. Fortunately, designers also have multiple materials resources.
3D Printing on the Dark Side for Father's Day
Blog 
6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you move fast -- and you've got $3,500 lying around -- you may still be able to buy your dad a Darth Vader helmet replica for Father's Day.
NASA and the Heart of Engineering
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
NASA has been at the heart of engineering since the Space Race, but with funding and political support waning, what will keep engineering’s blood flowing?
Technology Helps Overcome Poor User Interfaces ... and Other Problems
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
Technology has enabled many improvements in recent years. Now, German design company CAD Schroer has eliminated some typical 3D design weaknesses with the introduction of its updated solution.
Data Shows that Patients Want Consumer-like Medical Wearables
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you want people to use at-home or wearable medical devices, make the products fun and attractive.
Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
Blog 
6/15/2016  5 comments
Want to create a medical device that will also find real success? Better find something useful rather than just spectacular.
Mantis Shrimp Inspire Next-Gen, Super-Strong Composites
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have identified a unique structure in the mantis shrimp's dactyl club that can inform the design of stronger materials.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
New Energy-Carrying Particles Help Advance Solar-Cell Development
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists have designed new energy-carrying particles that improve the way electrons are transported and could be used to develop new types of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry.
7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
Blog 
6/14/2016  12 comments
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make sense for EVERY product to connect to the internet? Here are seven reasons to skip the I in IoT.
Electric Motorcycle Is 3D Printed ... with Metal
Engineering Materials 
6/14/2016  Post a comment
It's probably too late to buy one, but some lucky people will soon be the owners of only 50 electric motorcycles made entirely with 3D printing from a super-lightweight aluminum alloy.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds Teaches Kids to Code
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6/14/2016  Post a comment
Apple has announced a new iPad app aimed at teaching kids its Swift coding language for iOS devices.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
Blog 
6/13/2016  1 comment
A student engineering team from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology is using 3D-printed plastic parts -- built on a desktop 3D printer -- in its Mars rover designs.
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