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Fluid Power Challenge Exposes Teens to STEM
STEM Connection 
2/19/2015  1 comment
Junior high STEM students from around Minnesota had the opportunity to experiment with fluid power recently in a statewide competition to invent machines with real-world applicability.
Mouser Rolls Out ‘Empowering Engineering’ Campaign with Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Mouser will release a series of webisodes throughout 2015 related to cutting-edge engineering design and technologies that will highlight the components that go into them, including evaluation modules, processors, development boards, wireless cards and sensors.
Gadget Freak Workshop Demonstrates the Power of Wireless
Electronics News 
2/11/2015  1 comment
Gadget freaks from around the country this week learned the power of a simple 8-bit microcontroller and a small wireless card.
2015 James Dyson Award Invites Innovation From Student Engineers
STEM Connection 
2/9/2015  1 comment
The annual international student engineering competition is now open for entries.
8 Things You Can't Miss at The Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show
2/5/2015  3 comments
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing event and trade show starts next week. With so many exhibitors conference talks, and activities to choose from, Design News is sharing our editor's picks of some of the can't-miss events during your time at the show.
What's That Sound? It's the Amazon Echo Teardown … teardown … teardown
2/4/2015  8 comments
The Amazon Echo aims to be your in-home personal assistant, in the form of a WiFi-connected tower speaker. Let's have a look inside, shall we?
NASA Scientist Kickstarts Cold Shoulder Weight-Loss Vest
2/4/2015  12 comments
An ex-NASA guy wants to help humanity lose weight, by selling an ice vest on Kickstarter. That’s right, an ice vest, not life vest. It’s a vest full of ice that’s designed to burn calories.
Get Your Wireless Demo Boards at Gadget Freak Workshop
Gadget Freak 
2/2/2015  4 comments
Followers of Design News’ Gadget Freak blogs will have the opportunity next week to take home a wireless remote demo package that can be used to build garage door openers, tire pressure monitors, keyless entry systems, and much more.
Video: Flexible Jar Design Keeps Hands Clean
1/27/2015  6 comments
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
1/23/2015  6 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 
1/21/2015  8 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
CES 2015: Revamped Sony Walkman Comes With Big Price Tag
1/9/2015  20 comments
Sony used CES 2015 to cash in on its nostalgic “Walkman” brand with a new high-resolution portable audio player.
CES 2015: Baby’s First IoT; 4Moms' App-Controlled Infant Seat
1/8/2015  5 comments
We may still not have reached the era of robo-childcare, but we’re getting there!
CES 2015: The BACTrack Vio is a Smartphone Breathalyzer
1/7/2015  Post a comment
Where better than Vegas to test your blood alcohol level? Enter the BACTrack Vio, the plug-in smartphone Breathalyzer, featuring wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and an app allowing you to track your BAC results over time.
CES 2015: Jamstik – the Guitar for iOS
1/7/2015  Post a comment
Remember when Guitar Hero used to be a thing? No? Well, that might be because you fancy yourself a real musician. But for those who want something in between the completely simulated and completely authentic guitar experience, there’s Jamstik, ¬a MIDI guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
CES 2015: The Inmotion V3 Electric Unicycle Rides the Wacky Wave
1/7/2015  4 comments
It’s 2015, and we may not yet have hoverboards like in Back to The Future, but, thanks to a company by the name of INMOTION, we do have bizarre, electric unicycles.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 
1/5/2015  6 comments
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your vote and come back next week to see if your favorite project garnered the $6,000 first prize!
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 4
Gadget Freak 
12/22/2014  6 comments
Voting in Round 4 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
12/19/2014  36 comments
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
O, Holy Nerd: Kickstarting the Christmas Decorating
12/11/2014  4 comments
Kickstarter, the gift that keeps on giving, year round, like an evergreen. The tech section of the popular crowdfunding site is looking particularly festive of late.
Is the Ring the ‘Worst Product Ever Made?'
12/10/2014  13 comments
The Ring -- an invention of a company called Logbar, based in Tokyo with its US headquarters in San Carlos, Calif. -- controls your personal devices, such as an iPhone, from your finger through gestures and Bluetooth connectivity. It surpassed its Kickstarter goal by several thousand dollars.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 3
Gadget Freak 
12/8/2014  Post a comment
Voting in Round 3 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
What Innovations Lay Hidden Inside the Nexus 6?
11/28/2014  9 comments
The phablet wars continue. Today we welcome the Nexus 6 -- a joint collaboration between Google and Motorola.
Get Your 15 Minutes of DIY Fame
Gadget Freak 
11/28/2014  Post a comment
If you have a Gadget Freak project, we have a reader who wants to make it. And not only will you get your 15 minutes of fame on our website and social media channels, you will also receive $500 and be automatically entered into the 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest.
Hack Thanksgiving (Don’t Be a Tech Turkey)!
11/27/2014  21 comments
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
The IoT Comes to Your Backyard
11/26/2014  17 comments
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 2
Gadget Freak 
11/24/2014  3 comments
Last year you helped Design News and Allied Electronics crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need your help again. Vote in round 2 of our second-annual contest.
van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Transformed into Solar-Powered Bike Path
11/21/2014  22 comments
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
Keyssa: 'Kiss Old Connectors Goodbye'
11/19/2014  11 comments
Anyone who’s ever moved files from a hard drive to a computer has sat patiently waiting for the transfer to complete. But what if this process could be done wirelessly, without having to connect devices with cables, and in seconds?
Take a Teardown 'Voyage' With Kindle
11/18/2014  6 comments
Look and be amazed! Amazon has added a new tablet to its e-reader lineup, and this one aims to perfect the reading experience. But can it beat Amazon's rocky repairability record?
Gadget Freak of the Year: Did You Vote Yet?
Gadget Freak 
11/18/2014  Post a comment
There is less than a week left to vote in Round 1 of our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest, sponsored by Allied Electronics.
Device Will Never Let You Forget Your Password -- it's Your Heartbeat
11/13/2014  25 comments
Biometric identification for access to devices is nothing new, but a Canadian company has put a new spin on the technology by using people’s heartbeats to allow them to wirelessly access their devices -- including their smartphone, computer, car, or even their home.
Inexpensive Incubator Tops Dyson Awards
STEM Connection 
11/11/2014  2 comments
This year's James Dyson Award winner created an inexpensive incubator to help curb childhood death in the developing world.
Would You Let Your Kids Play With Atomic Energy?
STEM Connection 
11/10/2014  27 comments
In the early 1950s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab offered young people the opportunity to watch radioactive decay with a spinthariscope, measure the radioactivity of uranium ore with an electroscope, watch the tracks formed by alpha particles in a cloud chamber, and even prospect for uranium using a Geiger counter. Yikes!
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 1
Gadget Freak 
11/10/2014  2 comments
Last year you helped Design News and Allied Electronics crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need your help again.
Gadget Freak Case # 265: Propane – Oxygen Cannon & Shock Tube Demonstrator
Gadget Freak 
11/7/2014  12 comments
This project is an experiment in generating supersonic shock waves called detonation waves.
30 Seconds With Festo's AquaJelly
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  1 comment
Frank Langro of Festo Corp. describes how AquaJelly, the intelligent artificial jellyfish, works. Festo demonstrated AquaJelly at its booth at Pack Expo 2014 in Chicago this week.
Why You Need to Take a Break
11/6/2014  30 comments
This is the article your manager doesn’t want you to read. Are you working on a tough engineering problem? Don’t keep plugging away at it. Take a break and do something else for a while. Your manager will thank you later.
How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of Google's Nexus 9?
11/5/2014  2 comments
It's a good time for tablet fans. Apple gave it both barrels last month, with a pair of new iPads -- and today, Google fires back with the Nexus 9 and its newly revised OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Nintendo Wants to Track Your Sleep and Fatigue
11/3/2014  6 comments
Nintendo's latest product announcement isn't a video game -- it's a sleep tracker, the first in a series of quality of life products aimed at the consumer health and fitness market.
Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens When You Combine Arduino and iOS?
Gadget Freak 
10/31/2014  10 comments
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
Apple's at it Again: Check Out the iPad Mini 3 Teardown
10/30/2014  7 comments
Bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but smaller than an iPad Air 2. What am I? If you answered iPad Mini 3, you are correct.
Ampy: A Pocket-Sized Motion Charger for Your Mobile Devices
10/30/2014  17 comments
What if you could recharge your mobile device using the movements you make all day? That’s the promise of Ampy, a new device by a Chicago-based startup of the same name.
Is Apple's iPad Air 2 Easy to Repair?
10/29/2014  4 comments
What's lighter than Air? An Air 2. Join us as we disassemble the new, shaved-down iPad Air 2, and see whether Apple's thinnest device is still its least-repairable.
Windowless Planes: The Future of Flight or Fright?
10/28/2014  76 comments
Would you fly in a plane that had no windows? British developers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) believe that taking out the tiny porthole windows in planes and replacing them with giant flexible OLED screens is the future of flight, and posit it could even become a reality in less than 10 years.
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility -- Don't Try This at Home
10/24/2014  22 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
Gadget Freak 
10/24/2014  30 comments
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
Mac Mini (Late 2014) — The Teardown
10/23/2014  5 comments
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
Kindle Fire HD 6 Teardown
10/21/2014  5 comments
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
3D-Printed Telescope Takes (Nice!) Pix of the Moon
Engineering Materials 
10/21/2014  22 comments
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
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