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5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
Blog 
6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Flow Battery for Renewable Storage Is Simple and Cheap
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT have developed one of the first liquid-flow batteries that reduces the cost and simplicity of the typical design.
Arrow and Indiegogo Partner to Accelerate IoT Startups
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
A new partnership between global electronics supplier Arrow and Indiegogo, one of the largest crowfunding platforms, is looking to give the little guys a shot at innovating in the IoT space.
Superconductors for Contactless Motion
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Using superconductors to implement high precision motion systems has interesting potential benefits for automation applications, providing a way to achieve contactless motion and eliminate inaccuracies introduced by friction, or guides and bearings in automation systems.
High Power Drives Are Getting Tiny
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Whether it’s on the packaging line or in other areas of the factory floor, machine builders are seeking smaller from drives that deliver improved efficiency.
Salt May Be the Secret for Improving Energy Storage Materials
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Using salt, researchers have been able to grow stable oxide sheets that are several hundreds of times larger than with more traditional processes, and with less fouling. When salt crystals are used as a substrate for growing the crystals, they are better able to spread out and form a larger sheet of oxide material. The result is a material that is simply better at collecting and disbursing ions, thereby improving energy storage.
'Black Hole' Coating Keeps Satellite On Track
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also boosts performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
Are Firmware Updates Cramping Your Design Cycle?
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Updating firmware in the field through a bootloader is usually one of the last activities or thoughts on any development teams mind. Yet, field updates to firmware is potentially one of the most important activities a team will undertake to ensure their product remains relevant, feature rich, and robust.
IoT Solves Track and Trace
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
IoT systems are helping auto OEMs track production as well as production problems.
This Drive Is Smart Enough to Fix Itself
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
This smart drive comes pre-connected to the IoT. It can tell you when it needs maintenance and how to do the support.
Soft Robotic Actuators Inspired by Human Muscle
Blog 
6/2/2016  1 comment
Researchers at Harvard University have developed soft robotic actuators inspired by human muscle.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality: Part Two
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
The ability to perform OTA updates to ECUs within the vehicle is an essential feature. Given the wide range of different ECUs in the vehicle on many different types of networks there is no one update process which will work for all ECUs. Each individual ECU should be evaluated to decide which strategy will lead to the ideal balance between cost and vehicle downtime.
Are Engineers Taking Over the World?
Blog 
6/1/2016  4 comments
As more of our jobs, and our daily lives, succumb to automation, will it be engineers who end up in power?
Holding Your Nerves
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6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
For 3D Printing To Grow, It Needs Materials, Machines & Software
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Major changes are happening in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, machines, and software. If the industry -- and the design engineers and OEMs it serves -- are to grow, all three areas must become much more tightly integrated.
The Internet of Animals Is Here
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Americans spent more than $60B on their pets in 2015. Folks are definitely spending their money on more than dog food. We’re spending on things like dog spas and fancy toys, and as you can imagine, the wearables market is becoming well represented here.
Harvesting Energy in the Dark for Future Solar Technology
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Collaborating researchers in Australia and the United States have discovered nanotechnology for thermophotovoltaic cells that could boost solar-energy harvesting.
The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies
Blog 
5/30/2016  2 comments
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle
Gadget Freak 
5/30/2016  Post a comment
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
Collaboration Is Key to the Modern Design Process
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
Hybrid Energy Harvester Eyed for Solar Cells Captures More of Light Spectrum
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
10 Military Robots of the Future
Blog 
5/26/2016  1 comment
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
Latest Whitepaper Puts a Lock on IoT Security
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5/26/2016  Post a comment
Icon Labs has developed a whitepaper to help determine the type of cybersecurity needed based on the type of device.
FDA Dispenses 3D Printing Best Practices for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
5/26/2016  Post a comment
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
10 Breakthrough Futuristic Military Technologies to Watch
Blog 
5/26/2016  4 comments
We're talking a look at 10 of the coolest technologies being developed by the US military today. In addition to saving lives on the battlefield, don't be surprised if you see some of these in your daily life some time in the near future.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
Blog 
5/25/2016  3 comments
Here's a look at the Bureau of Labor stats on engineering jobs over the coming decade.
Indoor Location Technology Comes to the IoT
Electronics News 
5/25/2016  2 comments
Using ultra-wideband wireless, any item can be located to a level of pinpoint precision that’s never before been possible.
The Versatile Future of Coatings
Engineering Materials 
5/25/2016  Post a comment
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability.
Augmented Reality Becomes the New Plant Instructor
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5/25/2016  Post a comment
DMDII is working with a number of partners to create and utilize augmented reality instructions for the plant floor.
Virtual Reality: The New Prototype Is Digital
Blog 
5/24/2016  1 comment
Visualization and virtual reality tools allow design engineers to build virtual prototypes that can be manipulated collaboratively. You can swap out materials and store data within the file.
Choosing the Best Incubator for your Startup
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Active 3D-Printed Materials Controlled by Light
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Autodesk and Siemens PLM Increase Software Interoperability
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Autodesk and Siemens PLM have reached an agreement to create seamless integration between their design software files.
Band-Aid-Like Battery Pack Aimed at Wearables
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
Li-Ion Components for High-Temperature Aerospace, Industrial Apps
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a combined electrolyte and separator for lithium-ion batteries that won’t have performance issues or catch fire at high temperatures.
Each Cyber Attack Has Its Own Cure
Blog 
5/23/2016  2 comments
Verizon's new cyber attack report outlines protection measures designed to the style of the attack.
Electric Cars Get Boost from New Test System
Electronics News 
5/23/2016  Post a comment
A new test system could have a profound effect on the thermal reliability of power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles.
Video Game-Inspired Bionic Arm Comes With a Drone
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
James Young's prosthetic arm doesn't just look it came from a video game ,it works like it comes from one, too, with features like Bluetooth, USB, and an attachable quadcopter.
New Metal Alloys Are Shaking Up Aerospace
Engineering Materials 
5/23/2016  Post a comment
Improved simulation and analysis tools are helping to develop more and better once-exotic alloys, plus good old aluminum, for lighter aerospace designs with less waste.
DoE-Backed Startup Puts a Twist on Offshore Wind Energy
Blog 
5/20/2016  5 comments
Accio Energy has created a novel, turbine-less wind energy technology for offshore systems that uses electro-hydrodynamic charge separation principles.
Mini, Battery-Powered Microwave Is Perfect For People on the Go
Electronics News 
5/20/2016  7 comments
A handheld microwave oven about the size of a coffee thermos could soon provide an alternative to cooking food around the old campfire.
InkBot: Building Your Own Robot That Writes
Gadget Freak 
5/20/2016  9 comments
Kerry Erendson wanted to create a DIY robot that could write. The result was InkBot. Kerry shares the process of designing and building InkBot and shows you how to build your own.
Google Moves on AI Processors
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Google has developed its own accelerator chips for artificial intelligence it calls tensor processing units after the open source TensorFlow algorithms it released last year.
Merger Mania: Is Consolidation Trend Here to Stay?
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Consolidation through mergers gradually increases as industries mature so why should the semiconductor industry be any different?
From Prototype to Cutting-Edge Consumer Design
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Consumers expect their devices to do a lot more than simply work.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
5/19/2016  8 comments
Are you an engineer who is looking for a job? Here are the 10 states where you will have the best luck.
'High Automation' Autonomous Cars on Roads by 2020
Electronics News 
5/19/2016  Post a comment
Self-driving automotive technology took a big step forward this week as NXP Semiconductors rolled out a pizza-box-sized module called BlueBox that it says will bring production-level, “high automation” to the roads by 2020.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
These Energy-Harvesting Tiles Bank 200 Times More Power
Blog 
5/19/2016  7 comments
Pavegen has significantly updated its energy-harvesting floor tile technology with improvements in its new V3 offering.
Drayson Takes RF Energy-Harvesting Tech from Lab to Market
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Drayson Technologies has developed technology called Freevolt that harvests radio frequency (RF) energy to power IoT sensors and devices.
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