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Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.
9 New 3D Printing Materials for Use in Space and on Earth
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2015  4 comments
These nine new materials are further diversifying 3D printing for use even beyond our planet.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
Blog 
7/9/2015  4 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
DARPA Backs Further Development of DEKA's 'Luke Arm'
Blog 
7/9/2015  2 comments
The Department of Defense is making a nearly $7 million investment to further development on a prosthetic device that allows for movement and functionality that’s nearly the same as a normal human arm and hand.
Die-Level IP Integration: Why Your Next Design Could Be Via Compound Semiconductors on CMOS
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7/9/2015  Post a comment
Packaged ICs comprising a single die in standard CMOS silicon technology will soon become less standard if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and its commercial partners have their way.
The US and Japan Will Fight in a Giant Robot Battle
Blog 
7/8/2015  2 comments
America's Megabot and Japan's Kuratas robot have agreed to battle in a fight to the finish.
Today’s Full-Featured Radio Modules Make Designing Web Connectivity Easy
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
Today’s radio modules enable designer engineers to quickly design wireless connectivity to devices.
WiFi Module Selection Tips for Embedded Designs
Blog 
7/8/2015  2 comments
To add wireless connectivity to designs, product manufacturers need to get up to speed on wireless technologies as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part Two
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
This is part two of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric and combustible cars. Both cars required several printed circuit boards, which Sierra Circuits helped design and manufacture. The UW team assembled their boards in-house.
This Fuel Cell is an Unexpected Answer to Carbon Capture
Blog 
7/7/2015  29 comments
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
For MEMS Businesses, It’s All About ‘Show Me the Money’
Guest Blogs 
7/7/2015  Post a comment
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
Highway Barriers Block Noise, Generate Solar Energy
Blog 
7/7/2015  Post a comment
Researchers in The Netherlands are testing highway sound barriers that have a two-fold purpose: to block sound and also to harvest solar energy.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part One
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7/7/2015  Post a comment
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
5 Tips for Remotely Updating an Embedded System
Guest Blogs 
7/6/2015  Post a comment
Today, no matter where in the world the device is located, it can call home and ask for the latest-and-greatest firmware with bug fixes and feature updates.
Google Making a Big Play for Medical-Grade Wearable Tech
Blog 
7/6/2015  8 comments
Google has created an experimental wearable aimed at giving medical researchers and physicians access to persistent, and real-time patient data, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Sometimes All You Need Is a Little More Solder
Made by Monkeys 
7/6/2015  21 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Is Multimaterial Additive Manufacturing Foreshadowing Another Paradigm Shift?
Blog 
7/3/2015  3 comments
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
A History of Firmware and Its Silent Revolution Today
Guest Blogs 
7/3/2015  4 comments
A decade from now, firmware development may be nothing more than software integration, grabbing vendor and third-party components, and meshing their APIs together to form a final system.
Simulation Software Helps Design Engineers Deal with Multiphysics
Blog 
7/3/2015  1 comment
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
How to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers With Python
Blog 
7/3/2015  2 comments
Tune in to the Continuing Education Center next week for a comprehensive course in using the Raspberry Pi development platform.
Plastics, Not Better Silicon, Could Be Key to More Efficient Solar Cells
Blog 
7/3/2015  12 comments
Researchers in Australia think new types of plastic materials instead of silicon may be the key to building more efficient solar cells.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
Blog 
7/2/2015  8 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
Blog 
7/2/2015  13 comments
It seems that in the embedded world hardware design has been much easier than software design for many years.
Nanosteel Aims to Help Cars Lose Weight, Gain Efficiency
Blog 
7/2/2015  1 comment
Automakers are on the prowl for lighter weight materials to make vehicles less heavy and more fuel efficient, and Nanosteel is one of the companies hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with their lightweight automotive steel of the same name.
3 Challenges for Embedded Technology Designers in the IoT
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7/2/2015  Post a comment
The momentum behind embedded intelligent connectivity continues to increase at a phenomenal rate as a result of the Internet of Things.
Who's Game for a Nintendo 3DS XL Teardown?
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  5 comments
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
Quantum Entanglement & Other Technologies that Should Be On Your Radar
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
Blog 
6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Open-Source Code Can Be More Dangerous Than Useful
Blog 
6/30/2015  8 comments
Software developers beware: Your open-source components may not be secure.
It's a Challenge, but Corporate Venturing Can Internalize New Technologies
Blog 
6/30/2015  1 comment
For companies that have gone into corporate venturing, sponsoring and nurturing startup companies, the subsequent IP transfer is tricky.
Learn to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers Using Python
Blog 
6/30/2015  3 comments
Learn how to build Raspberry Pi controllers using Python during this free Continuing Education Center class presented by Design News and Digi-Key.
Paralyzed IndyCar Driver Uses Sip, Puff, and Yaw to Drive Again
Electronics News 
6/29/2015  6 comments
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
Blog 
6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
Wearables Get Moody With the GSR Sensor
Blog 
6/29/2015  1 comment
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
Toxic Substances Reform Law: It's a Good Thing, and Maybe Also an Expensive Thing
Engineering Materials 
6/29/2015  7 comments
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
Blog 
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Beats by Dre Teardown: Weak Engineering Meets Strong Marketing
Blog 
6/26/2015  18 comments
A teardown of the popular Beats by Dre headphones reveals some interesting cost-cutting tricks by the manufacturer.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The Leaky Tree is a high-quality device designed to dispense ice and one of four mixed drinks that can be selected by the user.
Initiative Aims to Stop Human Trafficking in Electronics Supply Chain
Blog 
6/26/2015  3 comments
Ariba has partnered with Made in a Free World to help organizations track and reduce slavery in their global supply chains by getting them the tools they need to find and fight it.
Identifying and Reducing Stresses in Pressure Vessels
Guest Blogs 
6/26/2015  1 comment
Pressure vessels are part of common equipment utilized in plants to store liquids and gases under high pressure. It is certain that pressurized fluids will develop stresses in the vessel, which when exceeds failure limits, will lead to hazardous incidents and fatalities.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
Blog 
6/25/2015  2 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Demand Surges for Conductive Compounds, and a Company Sees Growth
Blog 
6/25/2015  Post a comment
ElectriPlast Corp. spent a decade developing conductive polymer compounds. The work is paying off as demand grows and engineers consider the compounds’ benefits in design, performance, and weight reduction.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Alabama - Georgia
Blog 
6/24/2015  Post a comment
Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our great nation, and the US’s legacy of engineering innovation we will take you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states, showcasing interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Mechatronics Matches Growing Complexity of Intelligent Factories Step for Step
Blog 
6/24/2015  Post a comment
The Internet of Things is requiring the design of devices using engineering skills and knowledge in multiple domains: electronics, mechanics, control systems, software, and telecommunications, to name a few. In other words, the IoT needs mechatronics.
Mutual Attraction: Custom-Engineered Magnets Aim to Raise Latch Performance
Blog 
6/24/2015  5 comments
Conventional magnets are impossible to precisely engineer for individual applications. Their magnetic fields also threaten sensitive electronics. But this is changing.
The PCB Killer: Chip-Level Modules Are On Their Way
Blog 
6/24/2015  2 comments
The printed circuit board has been around so long, it just can’t be in danger of being phased out, right? Well, if you have been paying attention to the increasing tendency to put electronic devices on chip-level modules, you might begin to think about the next logical steps.
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