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Content posted in September 2012
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Teardown: Inside Apple's iPhone 5
Blog 
9/28/2012  23 comments
Analysis by UBM TechInsights finds Apple largely stuck with incumbent suppliers for the latest iPhone.
Robot Takes Care of Your Vino
Blog 
9/28/2012  13 comments
A new robot may have a hand in tending the grapes it takes to make your next glass of wine.
Oracle Packages Java for Embedded Systems Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/28/2012  7 comments
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
Blog 
9/27/2012  21 comments
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.
Squeezing Cost While Raising Quality
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2012  11 comments
How do you reduce the cost of a part from $25 to $1? Easy, you raise the quality.
Autodesk Plugs Integration Holes in Cloud-Based PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/27/2012  2 comments
Autodesk rolls out the Autodesk PLM 360 Connect suite of integration tools as part of a strategy to sync the cloud-based PLM platform to other cloud and enterprise systems in a seamless environment.
Slideshow: Sights, Sounds of an IndyCar Race
Blog 
9/26/2012  11 comments
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.
Next-Gen 3D Printer Targets Professionals
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/26/2012  15 comments
With its higher resolution, bigger build volume, and support for multiple print jobs and materials, MakerBot is pushing its Replicator 3D printer line to the next level.
Robotic Tuna Inspects Oil Tankers (& Sea Chests?)
Blog 
9/26/2012  14 comments
The latest underwater unmanned vehicle being developed for the Department of Homeland Security navigates oily waters and cramped spaces.
The Expedition’s Difficult Dash
Made by Monkeys 
9/26/2012  21 comments
The 2011 Ford Expedition has a dashboard full of what one driver says are design flaws.
CloudConnect Conference Talks Infrastructure in the Cloud
Guest Blogs 
9/26/2012  9 comments
We don't necessarily know what infrastructure a cloud-based application is on, but that's the point. The idea is to put it into the cloud so that we don't have to set it up ourselves.
Next-Generation VLC Improves on XPRIZE-Winning Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/25/2012  23 comments
Altair ProductDesign will assist the Edison2 team, providing engineering services around structural optimization and suspension design to accelerate design of the production-ready VLC 4.0 vehicle.
Super Mistake Caused Super Voltage
Sherlock Ohms 
9/25/2012  21 comments
How could an aircraft system with no more than 15V cause burn marks in strange places? Is it misuse or a big mistake?
Avoiding the Dangers of Groupthink
Guest Blogs 
9/25/2012  42 comments
How do engineers, who pride ourselves on our rationality and individualism, get caught up in a collective denial of reality?
Do Engineers Need an MBA?
Blog 
9/25/2012  20 comments
Is an MBA a worthwhile academic pursuit or a total waste of precious time?
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD Teardown
Blog 
9/24/2012  23 comments
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 Apple’s iPad family and Google’s foray into the tablet space, Nexus 7.
Game On for 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/24/2012  13 comments
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.
There's a Mystery Glitch in the Pipe Organ
Sherlock Ohms 
9/24/2012  15 comments
Fixing the electronics in a pipe organ from 600 miles away can be a challenge.
UAVs to Get Robot Arms & Hands
Blog 
9/24/2012  8 comments
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
Blog 
9/21/2012  8 comments
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
Blog 
9/21/2012  15 comments
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.
Video: Flexible Robot Hands Get Cheaper
Blog 
9/21/2012  12 comments
Sandia National Laboratories has created a low-cost, highly dexterous robotic hand to help soldiers disarm IEDs.
Design a Barcode Scanner With Reduced BOM, Not Reduced Functionality
Guest Blogs 
9/21/2012  3 comments
Having many of the required components integrated into the MCU can save time and cost while increasing functionality.
Gadget Freak Case #226: Speed Regulator for Rotary Tool
Gadget Freak 
9/20/2012  43 comments
Andrew Morris' microcontroller-based DC motor speed regulator brings control for delicate work.
Robots Get Genetically Engineered Skeletal Muscles
Blog 
9/20/2012  22 comments
Researchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania have engineered skeletal muscles they will use to build robots that move like animals -- or people.
IMSI/Design Brings Markup to a Mobile Platform
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/20/2012  14 comments
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.
Gesture Sensors Could Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 
9/20/2012  17 comments
A recent announcement from a company specializing in sensors used for gesture detection sparked thoughts about using this type of control in mechatronic devices.
Survey: Battery, Engine, Materials Are Top CAFE Techs
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2012  26 comments
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.
Video: This Isn't Your Mother's Pasta
Blog 
9/19/2012  30 comments
Cui Runquan, a Beijing chef, has created an army of noodle-slicing robots.
Ethanol Ate My WeedEater
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2012  68 comments
A simple part on a WeedEater failed, simply because it was not designed to withstand the corrosive effects of ethanol.
Circuit Protection Beyond the Numbers
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2012  11 comments
Improper substitution can cause machine damage, fire, and possibly human injury.
Slideshow: Fuel-Stingy Technologies Set Sights on 54.5 MPG
Captain Hybrid 
9/18/2012  95 comments
From fuel injectors and air conditioning compressors to tires and power steering systems, we offer a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting CAFE to 54.5mpg.
Swarming Robots Rescue Coral Reefs
Blog 
9/18/2012  26 comments
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.
'Move the Picker, Move the Tote'
Sherlock Ohms 
9/18/2012  22 comments
The trick to speeding up the number of totes on the line was programming the movement of picking the totes.
Circuit Protection by the Numbers
Guest Blogs 
9/18/2012  3 comments
There are many pitfalls in designing overcurrent protection into a system, but why is it so confusing?
Robotic Solar Panels Produce More Electricity
Blog 
9/17/2012  30 comments
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.
Control Panel Not Included in Train Communicator
Made by Monkeys 
9/17/2012  12 comments
The control panel for the train maintenance yard had no way of communicating to the switches and signals.
If I Only Knew Then...
Blog 
9/17/2012  25 comments
Our LinkedIn group members discuss what they would have done differently if they knew then what they know now.
First Nanocomposite Manned Boat Will Fight Pirates
Engineering Materials 
9/17/2012  9 comments
The first manned boat made primarily of nanomaterials has an extended range three times that of similar-sized vessels.
Autodesk Launches Cloud-Based Simulation Suite
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/17/2012  4 comments
Autodesk Simulation 360 delivers a range of mechanical, fluid flow, thermal, and plastic injection-molding tools in the cloud with a pay-as-you-go pricing model.
Gadget Freak Case #225: Moving the Keyboard Onto Your Fingers
Gadget Freak 
9/14/2012  39 comments
Wayne Rasanen created a device to replace QWERTY that reduces hand movement and ends the days of flying fingers.
Slideshow: SolidWorks' 2013 Upgrade
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/14/2012  12 comments
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  4 comments
If your design plans include a brushless DC motor, contributing technical editor Jon Titus recommends starting with a motor drive dev kit.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Will Go to Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/13/2012  29 comments
It turns out that 3D printing techniques are perfect for use in space, but additive manufacturing isn't just for astronauts.
DESIGN East, a.k.a. ESC Boston, Starts Next Week
Blog 
9/13/2012  3 comments
The conference formerly known as ESC Boston starts next week. Have you signed up yet?
Video: You Can Teach a Robotic Mule New Tricks
Blog 
9/13/2012  11 comments
The DoD’s 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  9 comments
Modern tools let engineers and non-engineers alike experience products in the virtual world, helping to accelerate development cycles and optimize designs.
Chevy Volt: It's Not Time to Panic
Captain Hybrid 
9/12/2012  77 comments
Is GM really losing $49,000 on each Chevy Volt?
10 Hot Topics at DESIGN East
Blog 
9/12/2012  5 comments
Here are 10 things you can do if you are going to DESIGN East in Boston. They range from the highly practical to the merely cool.
MathWorks Modernizes Model-Based Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/12/2012  5 comments
The latest versions of Simulink and MATLAB focus on user interface enhancements and other features meant to make them easier to use.
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