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Santa’s Production Facility - a Detailed View
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12/19/2014  Post a comment
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
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12/19/2014  Post a comment
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.
The Gift of Mobility: Tech Gives Dog & Tortoise New Ways to Get Around
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12/19/2014  Post a comment
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
3D Printing Water-Based, Biodegradable Composites - with Robots!
Engineering Materials 
12/19/2014  Post a comment
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants
Engineering Materials 
12/18/2014  4 comments
Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.
Investment in Equipment Grows As U.S. Manufacturing Booms
Blog 
12/17/2014  1 comment
As U.S. manufacturing booms, companies are beginning to invest in new equipment.
Alcoa's Micromill Process, Alloy Could Change Car Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2014  6 comments
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
Reshoring Will Continue as U.S. Manufacturing Booms in 2015
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12/16/2014  2 comments
New research from the Georgia Center for Innovations for Manufacturing shows manufacturing will boom in 2015 as reshoring continues to bring production back to the U.S.>
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Finalists
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12/15/2014  Post a comment
UBM Canon, the world’s leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.
Big Data Is Driving Manufacturing Efficiency
Blog 
12/15/2014  1 comment
Big data and predictive maintenance are helping manufacturers become more efficient.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You'd Let HAL Run a Spacecraft
Blog 
12/9/2014  29 comments
You certainly know you're engineer if you count the number of steps in a set of stairs, or you use a CAD package and a wind tunnel to design your kid's Pine Wood Derby car. Check out our latest list to see if you qualify.
‘Wind Tree’ Provides Artistic Take on Turbine Design for Smart Cities
Blog 
12/9/2014  16 comments
New Wind's Wind Tree has 72 "leaves" that are actually mini wind turbines. The power output of the tree is 3.1 kilowatts with the potential to generate 3,500 kWh to 13,500 kWh depending on the wind.
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.
Web Applications Are Ripe for Attack
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12/8/2014  Post a comment
Protecting web applications is a constant race to make sure security practices are a step ahead of attackers. Writing secure web application requires discipline, deep knowledge of web technologies, and coordination across disciplines throughout the development lifecycle. Learn how to secure web applications during the Design News CEC course, "An Introduction to Web application Security."
Sci-Fi Writers Schooled in Science
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12/5/2014  6 comments
Most science-fiction writers come to their subject well-schooled in the liberal arts, not science. Phillip K. Dick studied philosophy. Roger Zelazny picked up an MA from Columbia in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. A surprisingly small handful started out as professionals in technology. Here’s a look at the few classic science-fiction writers who were actually trained in science, be it physics, math, or engineering.
Amazon Enlists Robotic Elves to Help Ship Your Gifts
Blog 
12/5/2014  11 comments
Amazon's fulfillment centers are turning to robots as a solution to manage the high volume of holiday season orders.
Industry Momentum Moving Toward Low Current Consumption
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2014  1 comment
As industrial applications increasingly use process control systems utilizing sensor feedbacks to monitor various operating parameters, energy sources and consumption are becoming major factors of a system.
Knightscope's K5 Robot Stops Crime Before it Happens
Blog 
12/3/2014  17 comments
It's not part man, it's all machine, but this robot can still be a cop. Robotics company Knightscope Inc. is rolling out the K5, a friendly security robot that won't just prevent crime, but actually predict it.
20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century
Blog 
12/1/2014  21 comments
Here’s a look at some of the notable engineers who contributed significantly to engineering advancements during the first half of the 20th Century, a period often called the golden era of engineering. Some well-known engineering figures such as Edison, Tesla, and the Wright Brothers are on the list, but we have also included a few lesser-known but still significant engineers.
Move Over Pasta -- Machinery Also Key Contribution from Italy
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12/1/2014  6 comments
Machines Italia is co-sponsoring with Design News the UX Italia video contest, which is asking companies to submit at least a three-minute video testimonial of how the user experience of Italian machinery, technology, or other experience solutions are essential to the business’s success.
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.
Deep Learning is the Future of Automation and Robotics
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11/28/2014  2 comments
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation call this deep learning.
Hack Thanksgiving (Don’t Be a Tech Turkey)!
Blog 
11/27/2014  21 comments
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
Robo-Fabric Brings New Dimension to Wearable Tech
Blog 
11/26/2014  14 comments
Researchers have developed a new flexible fabric that integrates both movement and sensors, introducing new potential for technology-embedded clothing and soft robots.
Writers Are Getting 3D Printing Wrong
Made by Monkeys 
11/26/2014  14 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Engineer Comic Works in PowerPoint
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11/26/2014  15 comments
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
Is Sexism Driving Women Out of Engineering?
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11/25/2014  32 comments
When my daughter decided she wanted to study engineering, I was very proud of her. At the same time, in the back of my mind, I wondered if she knew what she was in for.
Driverless Cars Require More Passenger Trust
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11/24/2014  61 comments
The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
10 Packaging Technologies at Pack Expo
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11/20/2014  3 comments
Here are 10 examples of the wide range of new technology on display at Pack Expo in Chicago earlier this month.
Video: Bamboo-Based Hybrid Wind Turbine Aimed at Developing World
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11/20/2014  Post a comment
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
Engineers Make Great Leaders
Pamela Moore 
11/18/2014  10 comments
The Harvard Business Review claims engineers make great CEOs. What do you think?
CPG Packagers Want Flexibility in Product Design
Blog 
11/18/2014  1 comment
The packaging industry is managing major changes in consumer packaging, from multi-versions of packages to the drive for less packaging waste.
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.
11 Robots Take Flight
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11/17/2014  9 comments
Flying robot hardware is still important, but what's getting as interesting now is some of the new uses, such as equipping them with medical equipment for aiding first responders, monitoring and recording biometric health data about athletes, and commercial aircraft inspection.
Packaging Wants Industry 4.0 to Replace Retirees
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11/17/2014  2 comments
Advanced automation is solving a multitude of challenges in packaging, not the least of which is the retired-Boomer brain drain.
Video: German Kids Can Build Better LEGO Robots
STEM Connection 
11/17/2014  4 comments
Google has teamed up with the German research institute Fraunhofer IAIS to develop and offer OpenRoberta, which simplifies programming for LEGO Mindstorm robots for German kids and teachers and lets them control the robots from mobile devices.
Did You Know that Time Constants May Not Be Constant?
Guest Blogs 
11/17/2014  Post a comment
People usually think of a time constant as the time it takes a first order system to change 63% of the way to the steady state value in response to a step change in the input -- it’s basically a measure of the responsiveness of the system. This is true, but in reality, time constants are often not constant. They can change just like system gains change as the environment or the geometry of the system changes.
Do You Dream in CAD? You Might Be an Engineer
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11/14/2014  20 comments
You let us know through your comments on the last “You know you’re an engineer if ...” post that you agree and disagree with the notions of what makes an engineer tick. Here are a dozen more to consider.
The Sound Beneath the Floors
Guest Blogs 
11/13/2014  4 comments
At its core, sound is a relatively simple natural phenomenon caused by pressure pulsations or vibrations propagating through various mediums in the world around us. Studies have shown that the complete absence of sound can drive a person insane, causing them to experience hallucinations. Likewise, loud and overwhelming sound can have the same effect. This especially holds true in manufacturing and plant environments where loud noises are the norm.
10 Programmable Robots for Kids
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11/12/2014  7 comments
Here's a variety of robots for kids that are all programmable. Some can be controlled with simple building blocks while others use programming language.
Do Good Engineers Make Good Engineering Managers?
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11/11/2014  20 comments
Being a good engineer is a prerequisite for being a good engineering manager. However, it’s a necessary but not sufficient condition: not every good engineer will make a good engineering manager, or even want to be one in the first place. This is why good engineering managers are few and far between.
Baxter the Robot Gets a Gig at Schneider
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11/10/2014  1 comment
Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot has taken a job on the assembly line of a major energy and automation company.
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.
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  46 comments
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isn’t really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
Gadget Freak Case # 265: Propane – Oxygen Cannon & Shock Tube Demonstrator
Gadget Freak 
11/7/2014  11 comments
This project is an experiment in generating supersonic shock waves called detonation waves.
Grabit Uses Static Electricity to Let Robots Grip Anything
Blog 
11/7/2014  6 comments
Designing a robot gripper that is flexible enough to grab a variety of objects -- even oddly shaped or heavy ones -- has always been challenging. A company called Grabit has found a solution with a robot that uses static electricity to pick up virtually anything and is well-suited for a range of industrial applications.
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.
Did You Know the Lead Engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge was a Woman?
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
It may come as a surprise to some people to know that it was a woman who was in charge of engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge; a woman who was the first computer programmer; and a woman who designed an important junction of Los Angeles’ complex highway system.
Why You Need to Take a Break
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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.
Advanced Warfare: 4 Real-Life Military Exoskeletons
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11/6/2014  3 comments
This week sees the release of the latest edition of the wildly popular Call of Duty video game franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sledgehammer, the studio behind Advanced Warfare, consulted with military experts on the design of the game's exoskeletons. What they eventually came up with is certainly very sci-fi but not too far away from technologies being developed today.
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