Content posted in July 2014
Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google's Ranks
CAD/CAM Corner 7/31/2014
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Video: MIT Keeps You Warm While You Walk
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
Why Use Linux for Device Drivers?
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Work Out While You Work
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Good News & Bad News About Ocean Plastics
Engineering Materials 7/28/2014
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
16 Robot Stars From the 1970s
Robots came into their own in the 1970s. Gone were the low-budget black-and-white B movies. Now robots roamed in full-color feature films with A-list actors.
System Lockup Stumps Engineer
Sherlock Ohms 7/22/2014
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Share Your Invention & Win Big Money
Gadget Freak 7/22/2014
There is still time to get in your gadgets for the Design News and Allied Electronics second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
GoEngineer Kicks Off Kids' Camp
STEM Connection 7/21/2014
These free camps are designed for children ages 10-18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality.
Robot Can Detect Gas Pipe Leaks
Engineering Materials 7/18/2014
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Siemens PLM Partners With Penn State
STEM Connection 7/18/2014
Siemens PLM has given an in-kind grant -- to the tune of $750M -- to Penn State University so students can gain experience on real-world design and manufacturing software.
Great Film & TV Robots From the 50s & 60s
Here’s a look at robots depicted in movies and on TV during the 1950s and 1960s. We tried to collect the classics here, omitting the scores of forgettable B movies such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Stay tuned for slideshows of robot stars from later decades.
Micro Python Preps for Mass Production
CAD/CAM Corner 7/17/2014
Micro Python is priming the presses. After smashing its Kickstarter campaign, the programming platform is almost ready to release its Micro Python boards into the public market.
Publish CAD Designs in PDF Format
CAD/CAM Corner 7/16/2014
Theorem Solutions recently announced the release of its newest software solution: Publish 3D. The program enables direct translation between CAD software and the PDF format, allowing engineers to spend more of their time doing what they do best -- creating.
Smartwatch Wars: LG G Watch
The LG G Watch is a smartwatch that was released by LG on June 25. It runs the Android-based Android Wear OS. See how it compares to Samsung's Gear Live, released the same day.
Mentor, XSe Aim to Accelerate Automotive Electronics Design
Electronics News 7/15/2014
Mentor Graphics acquisition of XS Embedded GmbH last week could be meaningful for automotive electronics engineers, potentially enabling them to accelerate design and verification of products ranging from infotainment packages to autonomous safety systems.
Smartwatch Wars: Samsung Gear Live
The Samsung Gear Live is an Android Wear-based smartwatch announced and released by Samsung and Google on June 25, 2014. Join us today as we take a look inside. Then, come back tomorrow as we tear open the LG G Watch to see how it compares.
3D-Printed Rocket Engine Fires Up
Engineering Materials 7/14/2014
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
Video: Teen Invents iPhone-Charging Insole
STEM Connection 7/14/2014
Angelo Casimiro, a 15-year-old living in the Philippines, has designed an insole that uses two pairs of piezoelectric discs that produce electricity when they bend inward. When a person steps down on the discs in the insole, they produce electricity. He used two sets of discs to produce double the amount of electricity that one set would allow.
AirDog Drone Provides the Ultimate Selfie
AirDog is a small, foldable quadcopter that follows users everywhere they go and records their every move with the GoPro camera. The drone was intended for persons who already use the GoPro camera but want footage of themselves in action -- ideal for extreme sport enthusiasts or filmmakers.
Following in the tracks of the fabled rocket plane programs of the 1940s, NASA engineers are now laying the plans for a new twist on the future of aviation -- a battery-powered airplane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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