Content posted in September 2012
Oracle Packages Java for Embedded Systems Design
CAD/CAM Corner 9/28/2012
Taking aim at emerging M2M applications, Oracle has bundled Java building blocks into a platform tuned for embedded systems design, along with releasing a run-time version aimed at low-power devices like microcontrollers.
Thoughts Control Avatar-Like Robot
Like the movie Avatar, researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brain of a subject who uses thought to control a robot thousands of miles away.
Slideshow: Sights, Sounds of an IndyCar Race
Technology deep dives, trackside insights, scorching heat, pictures, memories, and a spectacular race that saw the season's points leader crash early and later return to the track, highlighted the last Speed2Design event of the 2012 IndyCar season.
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD Teardown
Amazon is not only introducing a new version of the Kindle Fire, but three other tablets meant to further establish the company as a viable competitor to Appleís iPad family and Googleís foray into the tablet space, Nexus 7.
Game On for 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 9/24/2012
Ill Gotten Games turned to open-source 3D CAD tools and 3D printing to fast-track the development of its Pocket-Tactics strategy board game.
UAVs to Get Robot Arms & Hands
Researchers at Drexel University are studying how to add robotic hands and arms to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be used in flight without crashing.
Slideshow: Scenes From DESIGN East
Dubbed "The Center of the Engineering Universe," the DESIGN East Expo Hall was packed with engineers and exhibitors looking to make their mark on the engineering world.
We Want the Top 40 Under 40
Design News, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, is asking for your nominations for engineers who are ahead of the trends and are significantly performing in the industry.
IMSI/Design Brings Markup to a Mobile Platform
CAD/CAM Corner 9/20/2012
The new TurboReview app for both iOS and Android mobile devices lets engineers do both 2D and 3D markup when out in the field while delivering what it claims is the industry's first support for 3D PDF.
Survey: Battery, Engine, Materials Are Top CAFE Techs
Engineering Materials 9/19/2012
A DuPont-sponsored survey to track the impact of the 2025 CAFE standards has found that automakers are focused almost equally on improving battery performance, breakthroughs in combustion engine performance, and lighter materials.
Ethanol Ate My WeedEater
Made by Monkeys 9/19/2012
A simple part on a WeedEater failed, simply because it was not designed to withstand the corrosive effects of ethanol.
Swarming Robots Rescue Coral Reefs
Scotland's coral reefs, which are currently healthy but threatened, may soon get some help from groups of swarming underwater robots being developed by a Scottish university research team.
Robotic Solar Panels Produce More Electricity
A Silicon Valley startup has designed an innovative new monorail system of robots for tilting solar panels toward the sun, increasing the amount of electricity produced by up to 15 percent and changing the game for the future management of solar-energy systems.
Slideshow: SolidWorks' 2013 Upgrade
CAD/CAM Corner 9/14/2012
Amidst the nearly 200-plus user-requested enhancements in SolidWorks 2013 are new 2D/3D electrical CAD capabilities, along with analysis capabilities for optimizing the design of plastic parts.
Motor Kits Let BLDC Designs Roll
Mechatronics Zone 9/14/2012
If your design plans include a brushless DC motor, contributing technical editor Jon Titus recommends starting with a motor drive dev kit.
Video: You Can Teach a Robotic Mule New Tricks
The DoDís robotic pack mule can now play follow the leader and walk backward for a considerable distance over rough terrain, bringing the robot closer to serving as a sophisticated mechanical companion for US soldiers in the field.
Getting Real With 3D Visualization
CAD/CAM Corner 9/13/2012
Modern tools let engineers and non-engineers alike experience products in the virtual world, helping to accelerate development cycles and optimize designs.
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Donít forget that.
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
General Motorsí growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
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