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Content posted in June 2012
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Get Your Wireless Devices to Speak the Same Language
Blog 
6/29/2012  3 comments
Design News' Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key, is running a class that will simplify the process of testing wireless networks.
Gadget Freak Case #218: Finally – A Decent Space Heater Thermostat
Gadget Freak 
6/29/2012  37 comments
Andrew Morris designed an electronic thermostat that senses actual room temperature. He tested and tweaked the design to get the proper control range and hysteresis.
3D Printers' Role Fueled by Content Tools
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/29/2012  26 comments
Along with cheaper, more accessible 3D printers, new content creation tools are helping promote the technology for personal manufacturing.
Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot
Mechatronics Zone 
6/29/2012  13 comments
In May, we told you about Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board that lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors. Here's an update.
Lawnmower Twisted Its Drive Belt Useless
Made by Monkeys 
6/28/2012  31 comments
The drive belt twisted itself useless after only seven hours of use. The owner then stepped in with a fix of his own.
Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
Blog 
6/28/2012  30 comments
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
Design Agility a Key Pain Point
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/28/2012  4 comments
PTC research reveals that the ability to readily respond to late-stage design changes and struggles surrounding CAD interoperability remain ongoing challenges for engineering organizations.
Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans
Blog 
6/27/2012  24 comments
A swimming robot that faithfully mimics human motions better than previous attempts could help produce more streamlined swimsuits, improve the performance of competitive swimmers, or serve as an aid in physical therapy.
Solid Double Back Iron Skewed the Data
Sherlock Ohms 
6/27/2012  8 comments
The solid double back iron was messing with the test results in the railcar yard.
IBM, NI Plug Systems Engineering Gap
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/27/2012  6 comments
IBM and National Instruments are building a bridge between their embedded software testing and quality management tools, delivering end-to-end traceability from requirements through system test.
Siemens Takes the Sting Out of Data Management
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/26/2012  8 comments
Accompanying the debut of Solid Edge ST5, Siemens PLM Software rolls out Insight XT, which leverages Microsoft SharePoint to mitigate some of the complexity associated with design data management.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
Blog 
6/25/2012  21 comments
A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.
3D Systems' Custom Prosthetics Ooze Personality
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/25/2012  9 comments
Via its latest acquisition of Bespoke Innovations, 3D Systems is getting into the medical device business, leveraging its 3D print technology to create personalized prosthetics.
Cord Configuration Leaves Hair All Wet
Made by Monkeys 
6/25/2012  8 comments
The hair dryer kept failing due to a poorly assembled cord.
Gadget Freak Case #217: Finding the Sun With a Microcontroller
Gadget Freak 
6/22/2012  51 comments
Jerald Cogswell has created a gadget that finds the sun for solar applications.
Plastic Components Couldn't Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
6/22/2012  29 comments
The brake lights failed because the Audi couldn't take the heat.
Slideshow: Speedo Redesigns Banned Record-Breaking Swimsuit
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/21/2012  60 comments
Speedo, in partnership with ANSYS, leveraged multiphysics simulation software to create its Fastskin Racing System, which reduces full-body passive drag by up to 16.6 percent.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 
6/21/2012  17 comments
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?
Automotive News 
6/20/2012  70 comments
The Department of Transportation says it is putting its foot down on driver distraction.
Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures
Blog 
6/20/2012  14 comments
Researchers at Singapore's A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research have created gesture recognition software that lets robots recognize human gestures correctly and quickly, with minimal training.
Keep the Focus on Requirements
Blog 
6/20/2012  12 comments
Adding unnecessary features to a product just because you can is sloppy engineering.
Design News Radio Explores Big-Picture Systems Engineering
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/20/2012  2 comments
Engineering groups are serious about systems-level thinking, but they still struggle with the practice. Tune into Design News Radio to uncover best-practices to take an integrated, systems engineering approach.
Slideshow: Samsung Galaxy S3 Teardown
Blog 
6/19/2012  12 comments
It should come as no surprise that Samsung's latest high-end Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S3, has drawn the interest of consumers, designers, engineers, and market analysts.
Airbus Delays Repair of Cracked A380 Wings
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2012  37 comments
Airbus has reportedly delayed making long-term repairs to the composite/metal wings of its A380 jet, which have developed hairline cracks due to materials and fastener mismatches.
Video: Bukobot Advances Open-Source 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/19/2012  6 comments
The Bukobot open-source 3D printer aims for easier assembly and scalability, offering hobbyists and engineers a low-cost framework for getting started with 3D printing.
Settling Times Affect ADC Accuracy
Blog 
6/19/2012  5 comments
If long settling times cause problems, you can overcome them in several ways.
The 'Conspiracy' Behind the EV Market
Automotive News 
6/18/2012  111 comments
Discussions about the cost of electric cars usually lead to questions about a conspiracy against them.
Slideshow: Scenes From the 49th Design Automation Conference
Blog 
6/18/2012  4 comments
The annual high-tech tradeshow sometimes resembled a medieval fair with its jugglers, acrobats, and magicians.
Fluid Power Systems: The Hidden Giant
Guest Blogs 
6/18/2012  5 comments
Dynamic application of fluid power requires a systems approach.
Understand How & Why a Dev Kit Should Be Your Design’s Starting Point
Blog 
6/15/2012  12 comments
Design News' Continuing Education Center, sponsored by DigiKey, is running a class next week that walks the designers through a series of development kits.
Slideshow: Vintage Cars Take to Indy Track
Blog 
6/15/2012  16 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 this year, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Plastics, Adhesives & Coatings Miniaturize Products
Engineering Materials 
6/15/2012  12 comments
A wide array of materials aid engineers in the miniaturization of medical and consumer electronics and solar power equipment.
Startup Sunglass Shining a Light on 3D Cloud Collaboration
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/15/2012  6 comments
Billing itself as an alternative to legacy CAD programs, Sunglass has rolled out an open community for collaborating and sharing 3D models in the cloud.
EV Battery Chemistry Could Eliminate Cooling Systems
Automotive News 
6/14/2012  13 comments
A123 Systems Inc. says its new lithium-ion cells could allow carmakers to produce electric vehicles without cooling systems.
Virgin's SpaceShipTwo Gets Green Light for Powered Tests
Blog 
6/14/2012  13 comments
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo commercial spaceship, made primarily of carbon composites, has gotten an FAA experimental launch permit for rocket-powered, suborbital test flights.
Washing Machine Can Keep the Change
Made by Monkeys 
6/14/2012  31 comments
You have to dismantle this washing machine just to clean out the coin catch.
Siemens' Teamcenter 9 Dials Systems Engineering Up a Notch
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/14/2012  2 comments
With the latest release of its PLM platform, systems engineering definition is now fully integrated into Teamcenter's unified architecture and managed as part of the product record.
Can Creativity Be Taught?
Blog 
6/13/2012  31 comments
A DAC panel asked whether engineers have what it takes to color outside the lines.
West Wind Tilts Radio Antenna Out of Range
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2012  26 comments
The radio signal was not reaching those to the west of the antenna tower. A tilting antenna told the story.
Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Display Glass
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2012  15 comments
Corning says its 100-micron Willow Glass is the first display material that can be made in high-volume roll-to-roll manufacturing processes for consumer electronics.
Video: IndyCar Pit Boss Talks Tires
Blog 
6/12/2012  10 comments
Get down and dirty in the pits of the IndyCar circuit.
Slideshow: History Reborn in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/12/2012  8 comments
Beyond modeling the latest car or aircraft carrier, 3D technologies like CAD and printers are helping recreate history, providing an opportunity to go back in time via an immersive, interactive experience.
Hardware & Software Suppliers Simplify Multicore Programming
Electronics News 
6/12/2012  11 comments
Hardware and software companies are responding to the growth of multicore processing with a new generation of programming tools.
3D Printing Adds a New Dimension to Product Design
Blog 
6/11/2012  12 comments
3D printing is in the spotlight. Learn more about this technology during Design News' radio show.
Gadget Freak Case #216: Wirelessly Charged Indestructible LED Lantern
Gadget Freak 
6/11/2012  41 comments
John Duffy created an indestructible LED lantern that can be recharged without opening its hard PVC shell.
Detroit Paves Road to Autonomous Driving
Blog 
6/11/2012  18 comments
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, lasers, and radar will help future vehicles drive themselves.
Digital Recorder Unorganizes Your Music
Made by Monkeys 
6/11/2012  13 comments
Digital audio recorder names your song files with its own confusing system.
Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off
Blog 
6/8/2012  54 comments
The zero-emission two-seater levitates above the road and propels itself forward using electromagnetic road networks.
Video: Making the Leap to 3D Motion Control
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/8/2012  18 comments
Leap Motion's Leap device promises to bring interactive 3D motion control and gesture interfaces to professional applications like 3D drawing and modeling.
Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach
Blog 
6/8/2012  21 comments
A new foundation will support the development of open-source robotics software to bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots.
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