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Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada
Blog 
8/19/2014  16 comments
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Who Should Be the Next Rising Engineering Star?
Blog 
8/18/2014  7 comments
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Injection-Moldable Composite Beats Metal Specs
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2014  6 comments
A new thermoplastic composite for high-speed, high-volume injection molding has tensile strength that's close to, and sometimes better than, either lay-up composites or metals.
Big Stars Become Robots in the 2000s
Blog 
8/14/2014  11 comments
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Enter Now for the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
8/14/2014  2 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Lawrence Livermore & MIT 3D-Print New Super-Light, Super-Strong Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2014  9 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and MIT have 3D-printed a new class of metamaterials that are both exceptionally light and have exceptional strength and stiffness. The new metamaterials maintain a nearly constant stiffness per unit of mass density, over three orders of magnitude.
Top 16 Robots in Late-90s Film & TV
Blog 
8/11/2014  20 comments
Late-90s robots in film and TV included a wide range of mechanical and android-like creatures.
The Next Generation of Design Challenges: Home Healthcare
Guest Blogs 
8/11/2014  10 comments
Medical devices will look and feel different in the next 20 years, because, as design and product development people, our criteria are changing.
Reflections on GoEngineer Kids’ Camps 2014
STEM Connection 
8/8/2014  3 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality.
Plant Security: From Assets to iPhones
Blog 
8/6/2014  4 comments
Plants are moving their cyber security to the C-level as threats become more numerous.
Bad PCV Valve Takes Driver on Rough Ride
Made by Monkeys 
8/6/2014  15 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Video: Baseball ‘Fanbots’ Lead Cheers, Boost Morale
Blog 
8/5/2014  18 comments
This Korean baseball team has responded to its losing streak by packing a section of its stadium’s stands with interactive robots dubbed “Fanbots” to give the team and its fans a much-needed boost.
Update: Intelligent Composites for Structural Monitoring
Engineering Materials 
8/5/2014  5 comments
Smart composites that let the material's structural health be monitored automatically and continuously are getting closer to reality. R&D partners in an EU-sponsored project have demonstrated what they say is the first complete, miniaturized, fiber-optic sensor system entirely embedded inside a fiber-reinforced composite.
Video: Robot-Driven Video Screens Bring Entertainment to Sea
Blog 
8/4/2014  6 comments
ABB Robotics is taking the advances in plant automation into the on-board world of cruise entertainment.
Light-Equipped Drone Is Your Personal Lighting Crew
Blog 
8/4/2014  5 comments
Litrobot drones are able to illuminate a dynamic subject to capture interesting pictures every time.
Video: MIT Keeps You Warm While You Walk
Blog 
7/30/2014  10 comments
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
Video: Dean Kamen Discusses Developing a Prosthetic Arm for Wounded Vets
STEM Connection 
7/30/2014  Post a comment
Dean Kamen tells an audience at MD&M East 2014 how his team created the DEKA Arm to meet DARPA's challenge to design a better prosthetic arm for wounded veterans.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Blog 
7/28/2014  4 comments
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Blog 
7/25/2014  30 comments
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
20 Engineers From the World of Sports
Electronic News & Comment 
7/23/2014  36 comments
From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.
16 Robot Stars From the 1970s
Blog 
7/22/2014  25 comments
Robots came into their own in the 1970s. Gone were the low-budget black-and-white B movies. Now robots roamed in full-color feature films with A-list actors.
Share Your Invention & Win Big Money
Gadget Freak 
7/22/2014  1 comment
There is still time to get in your gadgets for the Design News and Allied Electronics second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
Will Robots Give Jobs or Take Them Away?
Engineering Materials 
7/21/2014  41 comments
Lots of people who write about robots say they give us jobs, instead of taking them away from humans. Based on the evidence in some recent studies, I'm not so sure.
Robot Can Detect Gas Pipe Leaks
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2014  21 comments
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Siemens PLM Partners With Penn State
STEM Connection 
7/18/2014  1 comment
Siemens PLM has given an in-kind grant -- to the tune of $750M -- to Penn State University so students can gain experience on real-world design and manufacturing software.
Great Film & TV Robots From the 50s & 60s
Blog 
7/17/2014  45 comments
Here’s a look at robots depicted in movies and on TV during the 1950s and 1960s. We tried to collect the classics here, omitting the scores of forgettable B movies such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Stay tuned for slideshows of robot stars from later decades.
Slideshow: Bloodshed Adds Electric Muscle to Vintage Performance Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
7/16/2014  15 comments
In the muscular tradition of the rubber-burning dragsters of the 1960s, start-up company Bloodshed Motors plans to put a new twist on the decades-old concept of the performance car.
Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire Muscles Actuate Biped
Gadget Freak 
7/11/2014  4 comments
Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a shape memory alloy that works like a real muscle to move a cardboard leg.
Servo Technology Makes for Flexible, Efficient Plants
Blog 
7/11/2014  Post a comment
AC servo technology has completely revamped plants with motion systems that are flexible, require less maintenance, and consume less energy.
Video: Wear Your Own Pair of Robot Arms
Engineering Materials 
7/10/2014  53 comments
Researchers at MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory are developing shoulder- and hip-mounted robotic arms to help workers in aircraft manufacturing perform difficult or complex assembly tasks that would normally require two people.
AP Employs Robot Journalists
Blog 
7/9/2014  17 comments
The Associated Press is the latest news agency to begin using robotic automation -- Automated Insights' Wordsmith -- to write news stories; specifically, financial stories about companies’ quarterly earnings.
Who Deserves to Make the Big Bucks?
STEM Connection 
7/9/2014  17 comments
In the words of FIRST founder Dean Kamen, "Why are we celebrating someone who can throw a baseball 90 miles per hour or who can put a basketball through a hoop, when the real stars are the kids who are starting down the path toward changing the world?”
Video: Power Line Perching UAV Doubles Down on Drone Delivery
Blog 
7/8/2014  21 comments
Last December Amazon.com unveiled a plan for a delivery system of drones that can deliver packages to people living within 10 miles of a distribution center. One of the reasons for that mileage limit is that the unmanned aerial vehicles the company plans to use only have enough battery life to cover that distance without recharging. MIT is out to change that.
3D-Printed Steel Building Structures
Engineering Materials 
7/2/2014  22 comments
Structural engineers have developed a design method for 3D printing structural steel elements to be used in construction projects. Complex, individually designed pieces can be created far more efficiently, and costs and waste will be reduced.
Advantages of the ARM Cortex-M4 Processor
Blog 
7/2/2014  3 comments
Here are of the advantages of using the ARM Cortex-M4 processor for motor control, automotive, power management, embedded audio, and industrial automation.
10 Nautical Robots Brave the High Seas
Engineering Materials 
7/1/2014  13 comments
Some of the latest nautical robots take a variety of forms. They can look like small boats, tiny four-wheeled vehicles, or realistic fish. One design from Sandia Labs will be able to transform itself from a swimming robot to one that flies through the air or uses wheels on land.
Video: CityHome Transforms Your Studio Apartment
Blog 
7/1/2014  13 comments
MIT Media Lab's Changing Places group has developed a piece of smart furniture that serves as every piece of furniture you need. Meet CityHome.
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
Blog 
6/30/2014  33 comments
Here’s a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Gears in Motion Control Systems
Guest Blogs 
6/30/2014  17 comments
It seems that gears have been around forever -- what could be new?
10 Views of Big Data
Blog 
6/25/2014  20 comments
Big data will change they way we design things, the way we do business, and the way we live.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2014  11 comments
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing a thermoplastic carbon composite wheel with a matrix based on SABIC's ULTEM resin. Kringlan says its process is geared toward high volumes, short cycle times, and in-house recycling of production waste and end-of-life materials.
Siemens PLM Gives $1B in Software to Virginia Colleges
STEM Connection 
6/24/2014  4 comments
Siemens PLM has donated $1 billion in education grants to community colleges and universities in Virginia.
15 Steps to Becoming a Mechanical Engineer
STEM Connection 
6/23/2014  25 comments
Here are 15 steps you must take in order to become a mechanical engineer. Some are easy, some are very difficult, but all of them can be fun.
Use CFD to Design an Environmentally Friendly Car
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2014  2 comments
The use of CFD is more profound in automobile design because of the diverse physics involved. It can be used to optimize components for downsizing and reducing the environmental footprint while maintaining or improving operational efficiency.
Gadget Freak Review: Action Sports Drone; Fashionable Wearable Tech
Gadget Freak 
6/20/2014  12 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a Kickstarter campaign for an auto-follow action sports drone and a fashionable wearable ring that will discretely alert you of an incoming notification on your smartphone.
Slideshow: igus's 3D-Printable Bearings Material
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2014  5 comments
igus is offering its tribological, integrated lubricant polymer in a filament for 3D-printing custom bearings, bushings, and prototypes. The Tribo-Filament is compatible with any filament fusion printer that has a heated nozzle and print bed, and uses ABS filaments.
Industry 4.0 May End Outsourcing
Blog 
6/20/2014  6 comments
Industry 4.0 promises a wide range of improvements in manufacturing that could outweigh the advantages of outsourcing.
A Fluid-Powered Design From the Educational Ranks
STEM Connection 
6/20/2014  1 comment
Editor’s note: We are encouraging students to let us know about some of the innovative projects they’re working on. Here’s one example.
Self-Aware Control Systems
Blog 
6/19/2014  2 comments
With broad support from automation vendors and an emphasis on software tools that can easily be implemented in machine control projects, the beginnings of self-aware control systems are within reach.
Servo Integrates a Position Feedback Sensor
Blog 
6/19/2014  1 comment
QuickSilver Controls' Mosolver is a servo motion actuator that infuses a position feedback sensor into the structure of a high pole count AC motor. This combination eliminates the need for an encoder and resolvers and results in robust closed-loop motion control.
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