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Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman on TV as ‘The Next MacGyver’
STEM Connection 
4/20/2015  1 comment
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female protagonist as part “The Next MacGyver” competition, in order to get young girls interested in STEM fields.
Meet Festo’s Biomimicry-Inspired, 3D-Printed Bionic Insects
Blog 
4/20/2015  1 comment
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.
In-Store Robot Makes Your Glasses While You Wait
Blog 
4/15/2015  1 comment
Tokyo-based eyewear brand, JINS, recently opened its first US-based store this week, selling high-quality, nice-looking, affordable glasses made by a robot while you wait.
What’s the Future of the World’s Costliest Fighter Jet?
Blog 
4/14/2015  11 comments
The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the most advanced military aircraft developed by the US. It is also the most expensive in history, with a lifecycle cost of $1 trillion. With the fighter jet inching toward initial operating capability in 2017, we asked Bill Sweetman, an editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology, to discuss its engineering advances but also setbacks.
Embedded Vision Is Guiding the Path of Smart Industrial Machinery
Guest Blogs 
4/14/2015  2 comments
The Internet of Things (IoT) is frequently defined by consumer or healthcare applications. It’s important to remember, however, that IoT offers at least as much potential to industry. One of the most promising subsets of industrial IoT is embedded vision -- or machinery that can see, interpret data, and act accordingly.
13 Ways to Ease Packaging Engineering Tasks
Blog 
4/14/2015  Post a comment
Here are 13 automation game changers seen at the Automate trade show, held in March in Chicago.
What Are Job and Salary Prospects for Robotics Engineers?
Blog 
4/13/2015  10 comments
As National Robotics Week 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to look at salary and employment trends for robotics engineers. Although we did find some hints about career growth, there's very little salary information available.
It's Time to Investigate the H-1B Mess
Opinion 
4/13/2015  11 comments
The rancorous annual debate over the H-1B visa program could be definitively resolved if the United States government would commit itself to one difficult act: investigation.
The Latest and Greatest in Healthcare Robotics
Blog 
4/13/2015  2 comments
Worrell Design and Daniel Kraft have teamed up to show you a handy infographic on everything you wanted to know about the latest for robotics in healthcare.
Here are 10 Robots You Can Make Yourself
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2015  Post a comment
From simple mods to more complex builds, here's a list and instructions for some of our favorite DIY robot projects.
Robotics Week Embraces Autonomous Vehicles
Blog 
4/10/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week adopted a broader definition of robotics Thursday, as it shifted its focus from factory floor robots to autonomous vehicles and drones.
Wiring the Factory of the Future: Passive or Active?
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2015  1 comment
The Internet of Things is bringing smarter production processes to the factory floor and simultaneously driving data volume and diversity up -- quickly.
Great Robots from Film and TV
Blog 
4/10/2015  5 comments
To help close out National Robotics Week, we talk you on a walk through images of robots depicted in film and TV over the past six decades.
Robots & Humans Leg it Out For Charity
Blog 
4/10/2015  7 comments
In the robotics field, there’s much discussion about the imminent intersection of humans and robots in daily life. In a glimpse of possible future scenarios, the two will come together for a good cause Sunday, April 12, at the first Robot Race and Human 5K in Cambridge, Mass., to celebrate the end of National Robotics Week.
These 15 Robots Will Weird You Out
Blog 
4/9/2015  7 comments
When it comes to robots, as well as other things, weird is definitely in the eye of the beholder. We've collected 15 of them here, in recognition of National Robotics Week, including a few favorites you may have missed, and a bunch of new ones we want to make sure you see.
Robot Manufacturer, Astronomers Battle Over Lawnmower
Electronics News 
4/9/2015  19 comments
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Learning From a Hands-On Motor Control Project
Blog 
4/9/2015  Post a comment
During a recent CEC course, Warren Miller encouraged attendees to try a hands-on project to further solidify the course content. Read on for more helpful information regarding that class, and also find it in our archive.
DARPA Asks Teens to Determine Future Societal Impact of Robots
STEM Connection 
4/9/2015  1 comment
A STEM contest called Robots4Us, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, asks high school students to create two-to-three-minute videos that focus on what impact robots will have on society in the future, and in particular how they can help us.
Industrial Robots Are Changing the Factory
Blog 
4/8/2015  1 comment
Just in time for National Robotics Week, here's a collection of industrial robots that are changing the very nature of the factory.
igus Celebrates National Robotics Week at the Robot Block Party
STEM Connection 
4/8/2015  1 comment
igus will celebrate National Robotics Week 2015 at the second-annual Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11, demonstrating its robot-related products and providing robot giveaways to lucky winners.
15 Robots That Project a Human Vibe
Electronics News 
4/7/2015  2 comments
Increasingly, a new breed of humanoid robots can walk, run, see, hear, and even think. For some people, it’s too close for comfort.
Emergence of an IIoT Ecosystem
Blog 
4/7/2015  6 comments
Deployments of Internet of Things applications are lagging expectations, as engineers deal with the networking and software complexities of serving field data to multiple applications and clients.
Trading Cards Celebrate Robot ‘All-Stars'
STEM Connection 
4/7/2015  1 comment
The robot trading cards are the result of a brainstorming session in a College of Computing communications meeting at Georgia Tech.
Hydraulic Solution for Flash-Butt Welding
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2015  Post a comment
New flash welding innovation uses hydraulic motion control, and enables patented welding process for as much as 50% less cost.
National Robotics Weeks Hits the STEM World
Blog 
4/6/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week runs April 4-12, 2015 and offers a wide range of activities, events, and resources to show the importance of robots and the creativity that goes into robotics.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
Blog 
4/2/2015  4 comments
Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
4/1/2015  7 comments
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
Power Plants Have a Big Cyber Security Problem
Blog 
3/31/2015  4 comments
An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Improved Machine Design Can Help Raise Compliance with Lockout/Tagout Safety Rules
Guest Blogs 
3/31/2015  1 comment
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
Amazon Holds Contest to Innovate Warehouse Automation
Blog 
3/30/2015  1 comment
The Amazon Picking Challenge wants contestants to push the next step of warehouse automation.
Cyber Attacks Fuel Security Innovations
Blog 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
A Frost & Sullivan study finds that increased cyber attacks are prompting a flurry of innovative protection tools.
'Spare Parts' Celebrates Immigrant Teens Who Beat MIT in Underwater Robotics Contest
STEM Connection 
3/27/2015  12 comments
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
The 3 Parts of Supplier Risk Management Explained for Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  2 comments
While risk management sounds like one activity, in order to be conducted effectively, it must be broken down into three sub-components: risk assessment, risk monitoring, and response planning.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
Blog 
3/26/2015  Post a comment
In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
Wireless Connectivity Offers Distinct Advantages for Industrial Applications
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  Post a comment
While many larger companies are still reluctant to rely on wireless networks to transmit important information in industrial settings, there is an increasing acceptance rate of the newer, more robust wireless options that are now available.
The Smart Oil Field
Blog 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
Active data management within the smart oil field is resulting in a push for more open standards, vendor cooperation, and wireless networking solutions.
NASCAR Puts Kids on STEM Fast Track
STEM Connection 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
Lots of kids enjoy playing with toy race cars, and some may even dream of being race car drivers when they grow up. NASCAR is taking inspiration from this interest with the launch of an in-school and online learning platform for STEM education, the first ever from the sport of racing.
Mechanical Engineer Salaries in 15 US Cities
Blog 
3/20/2015  1 comment
If you’re a mechanical engineer, your salary will probably be determined largely by where you live-- and not just by region. Salaries can vary greatly within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com. Salary levels don’t seem to be set by cost of living -- ME salaries are high in Seattle yet low in New York City. Beyond all else, competition for engineers is probably the strongest factor.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
Electronics News 
3/19/2015  14 comments
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
7 Silent Project Killers
Blog 
3/19/2015  2 comments
There are few things more discouraging to an engineer than pouring their heart, sweat and tears into a project only to have it fail. Failure can and does provide insights and growth experiences to those involved but the loss of time and effort can strike a devastating blow. There are many reasons that an embedded systems project can fail but there are seven key indicators that a project is dying a slow and silent death.
How EE Salaries Rank in 15 US Cities
Blog 
3/18/2015  7 comments
If you’re an electrical engineering, your salary may depend significantly on where you live -- and that’s not just by region. Salaries vary greatly even within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com.
Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’
Blog 
3/18/2015  15 comments
Following a course that was established nine centuries ago, the type of education potential engineers and other students are getting at traditional universities just isn’t cutting it anymore. That’s the opinion of David Goldberg, founder of ThreeJoy Associates Inc., emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and distinguished academic partner of Olin College.
Actuators Undergo Inventive Transformations
Blog 
3/17/2015  1 comment
Actuators have come a long way in recent years. They may serve the same function, but they do it more efficiently and with less energy.
Place and Route Algorithms for FPGAs: How Do They Do That?
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2015  Post a comment
The next time you run an FPGA compile chain from a high level language through synthesis and the back-end FPGA manufacturer tools, give a nod to the Place and Route algorithm doing all the heavy lifting. Now if we could just find a way to use negotiated congestion to solve our evening highway commute problems, life would be even better.
The Path to Innovation Success Is Never Straight
Blog 
3/16/2015  7 comments
Conventional wisdom in product design, development, and engineering dictates a certain order of movement: You listen to customers and look at their application needs, perform market research, collaborate with them on conceptualization and feasibility, and go through the rest of the engineering design wringer and -- voila -- you have a product innovation or, better yet, an innovative product.
Battle Scenes from the IoT Standards War
Blog 
3/13/2015  1 comment
The battle over IoT standards is just getting started, and already companies are vying to dominate. A leading communications CEO offers the details.
10 Views of Engineering Poster Art
Blog 
3/13/2015  3 comments
Take a look at these engineering posters. Some are funny, while others are sadly true. Page through these posters with pride in your profession.
Here are the Best Women in Technology on TV and Film
Blog 
3/12/2015  1 comment
The influence of female portrayals in media is undeniable. To that end the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and Google have joined forces for the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 
3/11/2015  24 comments
Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
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