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The 15 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies
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7/21/2016  14 comments
Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
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7/20/2016  Post a comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Zephyr OS, a ‘Secure IoT RTOS,’ You Say?
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7/20/2016  3 comments
It’s worth saying a word or two about IoT, if only because the air is so thick with nonsense on the subject that is it difficult to make meaningful progress without some clarification.
AI Beats Elite Fighter Pilots, Can Run on a Raspberry Pi
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
ALPHA is an AI capable of beating experts at a flight simulation. And it does so with no more computing power than a Raspberry Pi.
Wireless Safety Hits the Automation Network
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
In a shift that may be surprising to long-time control engineers, safety for automation systems in plants may go wireless.
Flying Robot Will Check Out Building Health
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
A flying robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will help inspect buildings and other infrastructure like bridges and dams, so human engineers won't have to do the dangerous parts of the job.
Cyborg Bot Uses Rat Heart-Muscle Cells for Actuation
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A Harvard researcher has designed a bio-inspired swimming robot that uses rat cells for movement.
Your Cybersecurity May Impact Your Customer’s Safety
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7/14/2016  2 comments
Plant cybersecurity comes with a number of challenges, from protecting a network that might extend into the supply chain, to buying cyber insurance.
1 Smart Attack Can Spawn a Zillion Dumb Attacks
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7/13/2016  Post a comment
The advantages of plant connectivity are prompting manufacturers to network out to their customers and suppliers, but that makes everyone vulnerable to attack.
SmartFlower Makes Solar Energy Easy in All-In-One System
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7/13/2016  3 comments
SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar power system that can store, harvest, and generate solar power.
US Will Be at the Forefront in Disruption of Manufacturing
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7/11/2016  4 comments
At the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit, Siemens executive Klaus Heimrich painted a digitized picture of the future, where the US will lead the world in changing design and manufacturing.
Salamander Robot Walks Like the Real Thing
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
A team of Swiss researchers has created a salamander-inspired robot that's shaped like the real thing, and walks like one, too.
Mistbox Makes Your AC Sweat Its Way to Better Efficiency
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7/7/2016  5 comments
A new smart-home device takes inspiration from human perspiration to help people get more efficiency out of residential air conditioning units
Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2016  Post a comment
A team of engineers at Michigan Technological University has released free, open-source, software that lets you control your 3D printer via the web.
New Technology, Flexibility Drives Robotics Use in Asia-PAC
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
While much of the growth can be attributed to China's growing automotive manufacturing base, there is evidence of growth in other areas of industrial robotics, including food and beverage, industrial machinery, materials handling, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing and oil and gas.
Should Fatal Tesla Accident Make Automakers Rethink Autonomous Cars?
Automotive News 
7/1/2016  49 comments
In the wake of a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in autopilot mode, the auto industry may need to rethink the future of autonomous driving.
Lego Building Blocks for Pneumatic Valve Manifolds
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Modular approach simplifies assembly of demand-based, custom-configurable valve systems.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
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6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
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6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Mean Green Racing Makes Huge Strides in the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln Competition
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
In June, teams from across the US, and several countries worldwide, competed for awards in multiple categories at the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln competition.
Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  6 comments
Forget doping. Officials at this year’s Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home
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6/28/2016  1 comment
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Is the IIoT Getting Out of Control?
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6/27/2016  5 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Bearings Are Covered with Mobile Apps
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
SKF has developed a few dozen mobile apps to help users select bearings and to analyze the performance of those bearngs in the field.
Beyond the Dyno: A Multi-Axis Test Simulator for Automotive
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
A multi-axis profile simulator takes data from a dynamometer and uses it to create a back-to-back test system profile that synchs speed and torque in time.
Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
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6/20/2016  3 comments
Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick explained the vulnerabilities to hacking during his keynote address at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing in New York last week.
NASA and the Heart of Engineering
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
NASA has been at the heart of engineering since the Space Race, but with funding and political support waning, what will keep engineering’s blood flowing?
Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
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6/15/2016  5 comments
Want to create a medical device that will also find real success? Better find something useful rather than just spectacular.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
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6/14/2016  12 comments
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make sense for EVERY product to connect to the internet? Here are seven reasons to skip the I in IoT.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
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6/13/2016  1 comment
A student engineering team from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology is using 3D-printed plastic parts -- built on a desktop 3D printer -- in its Mars rover designs.
Celebrate the Best of Gadget Freak
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our latest Gadget Freak ebook calls out the best and brightest projects from the 2015 crop.
From the Moon to Mars: Space Exploration’s Rich Past and Uncertain Future
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6/9/2016  2 comments
A Space Shuttle veteran and International Space Station mission commander speaks with Design News about the past achievements of and future viability of US space exploration, why man hasn’t walked on Mars yet, and the role of commercial spaceflight.
Should Automakers Be More Like Apple and Google?
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6/9/2016  4 comments
With Apple and Google making increasing inroads into the auto industry, should automakers adapt by thinking more like software companies?
Industrial Controllers Focus on Performance
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6/9/2016  Post a comment
Additional CPU power is being deployed to power high performance vision-guided motion, machine condition monitoring, and data-intensive edge computing applications.
Breaking New Ground in the Treatment & Prevention of Disease
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6/8/2016  1 comment
The development of nanotechnology for the treatment and prevention of disease has evolved in leaps and bounds in recent years, with breakthroughs in treating cancer, heart disease, and superbugs among some of the forefront of research.
Gaining Real-World Experience in Formula SAE Series Racing
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6/8/2016  Post a comment
Imagine an educational experience for budding engineers to leave textbooks and theory behind and actually design, build, and test real vehicles. Imagine those students’ racing their own vehicles in an intense and exciting competition against other university teams. Formula SAE Series Racing has been making this dream a reality for more than three decades.
Cutting Recalls with Big Data
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6/7/2016  2 comments
The value of product data grows when it’s captured across the product’s life, from early design through manufacturing and onto its life with the end user. Along the way, outside data can be gathered from suppliers and distributors. The goal is to capture enough data to identify and correct problems at the earliest possible moment.
Laying the Groundwork For Trusted Cyber Secure Ecosystems
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6/7/2016  Post a comment
CIP Security is evolving into a more robust security framework and adding solutions for device authentication and hardening.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
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6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
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6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Superconductors for Contactless Motion
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Using superconductors to implement high precision motion systems has interesting potential benefits for automation applications, providing a way to achieve contactless motion and eliminate inaccuracies introduced by friction, or guides and bearings in automation systems.
High Power Drives Are Getting Tiny
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Whether it’s on the packaging line or in other areas of the factory floor, machine builders are seeking smaller from drives that deliver improved efficiency.
IoT Solves Track and Trace
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
IoT systems are helping auto OEMs track production as well as production problems.
This Drive Is Smart Enough to Fix Itself
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
This smart drive comes pre-connected to the IoT. It can tell you when it needs maintenance and how to do the support.
Soft Robotic Actuators Inspired by Human Muscle
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6/2/2016  1 comment
Researchers at Harvard University have developed soft robotic actuators inspired by human muscle.
Are Engineers Taking Over the World?
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6/1/2016  4 comments
As more of our jobs, and our daily lives, succumb to automation, will it be engineers who end up in power?
Holding Your Nerves
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6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
10 Military Robots of the Future
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5/26/2016  1 comment
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
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