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10 Ways Your Home Is Smarter Than You
Blog 
6/18/2014  35 comments
The promise of the smart home is slowly becoming a reality, with the technology and services available to digitally enhance your house to perform a number of tasks automatically that people have traditionally done themselves.
Entering the Auto Part Abyss
Made by Monkeys 
6/18/2014  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The IIoT: It’s Everywhere
Blog 
6/18/2014  8 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming an important factor in the growing efficiency and optimization of plants.
KIBO Appeals to Kids' Imagination
STEM Connection 
6/17/2014  5 comments
The robotic building kit is aimed at children four to seven years old, with a goal of instilling in children an interest and affinity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields with a varied way of teaching.
11 Least Fuel-Efficient Trucks
Electronic News & Comment 
6/16/2014  23 comments
From pickups and minivans to sport utility vehicles, we offer a peek at a few of the least fuel-efficient light-duty trucks.
Best Gadget Wins Big Money
Gadget Freak 
6/16/2014  3 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
Windows-Powered App Automates Your Home
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/12/2014  9 comments
Redmond and Insteon recently partnered to offer home automation apps and hardware powered by Windows.
For XP Users, There’s Still a Safe Way Out
Blog 
6/11/2014  15 comments
Plants still running XP can get a cyber-security blanket to put around the plant while conducting an upgrade to a newer OS.
Video: Intel Joins Robotic Revolution
Blog 
6/11/2014  3 comments
Chip maker and tech giant Intel is the latest company to jump on board with plans in the next few months to sell a design-your-own robot kit that will allow people to develop an interactive, humanoid robot.
10 Robots You Don't Want to Mess With
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2014  75 comments
Our current crop of military robots includes small, tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), more specialized types like large autonomous vehicles, and both large and small winged robots, one carrying its own fuel cell.
15 Famous Film Factories
Blog 
6/9/2014  27 comments
Take our tour of 15 factories and plants, and see how they have been depicted in the movies and on TV over the years.
Video: EV Battery Maker Aims for 1,000 Miles per Charge
Captain Hybrid 
6/6/2014  22 comments
An Israel-based battery company has demonstrated an aluminum-air chemistry that it claims can deliver as much as 1,000 miles per charge to electric cars.
Slideshow: Make Way for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
6/5/2014  29 comments
Google’s recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it’s hardly a new idea within the confines of the auto industry.
Video: Bake-Your-Own Robots
Blog 
6/5/2014  11 comments
Researchers out of MIT have come up with a way to create robots that self-assemble when heated.
20 Celebrities Who Are Also STEM Stars
STEM Connection 
6/4/2014  10 comments
Here are 20 celebrities from acting, music, and comedy who also happen to hold technical degrees.
What's That Thing Atop the Google Car?
Electronic News & Comment 
6/4/2014  28 comments
Newshounds and auto aficionados were baffled last week after seeing what looked like a coffee maker atop the new prototype version of Google’s self-driving car. So what is it exactly?
Sizing of Fluid Power Components Matters
Guest Blogs 
6/3/2014  Post a comment
For high-performance motion, the natural frequency of the system needs to be three to four times higher than the desired frequency of motion. In simple terms, the system needs to be designed to move faster than it will actually be required to move to compensate for changes in pressure.
12 Cars With the Worst Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 
6/2/2014  48 comments
With fuel efficiency considered a national priority, media stories tend to naturally gravitate toward the cars with the best miles-per-gallon ratings. But low-mileage cars are still being built, and, in many cases, consumers are paying a premium for them.
15 Artistic Views of the Factory
Blog 
5/30/2014  36 comments
Here are 15 artistic views of the factory, from the romantic murals of the 1930s to the dark visions from today's video games.
Unforeseeable Failure of Logic in Washing Machine Manual
Made by Monkeys 
5/30/2014  23 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The Importance of UAVs
Guest Blogs 
5/28/2014  5 comments
Control is the defining enabler for UAV technologies.
Don’t Go Halfway to Closed-Loop Control
Guest Blogs 
5/27/2014  1 comment
Closed-loop control of a single servo-quality proportional valve based on position and pressure/force is not hard to do -- if you plan ahead.
A Few Minutes With Bosch Rexroth CEO Dr. Karl Tragl
Blog 
5/23/2014  1 comment
Design News brand director Rich Nass recently sat down with Bosch Rexroth CEO and chairman Dr. Karl Tragl for a discussion about the IIoT.
Why We Need More Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
5/23/2014  24 comments
A large number of studies have shown that men and women have different approaches to solving complex problems. It is precisely because of the differences between men and women that the engineering profession would benefit from greater participation of women.
10 IIoT Milestones for 2014
Blog 
5/22/2014  4 comments
2014 has seen a flurry of activity in the development of the Industrial Internet of Things. Here are the top 10 developments.
Why Automotive Defect Numbers Are Soaring
Electronic News & Comment 
5/22/2014  24 comments
Recent reports of automotive defects and recalls are troubling, but they’re not unusual. They’re certainly not going to go away, no matter how hard engineers try.
20 Ways to Boost Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 
5/21/2014  45 comments
From turbochargers and electric motors, to motor-generators and air conditioning compressors, we present some of the best fuel-sipping innovations.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
Blog 
5/20/2014  50 comments
Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives. Here are 10 of them.
Parts Commonality Can Make for Big Recall Headaches
Electronic News & Comment 
5/20/2014  12 comments
Economies of scale can cut manufacturing and development costs, but engineers who grow too fond of using common parts would do well to consider the recent recall numbers of General Motors.
Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
Blog 
5/19/2014  47 comments
Here are the top 15 engineering schools, ranked by the average starting salaries of their graduates. The list also show each school's mid-career average salary.
Video: World's Fastest RC Racer
Blog 
5/16/2014  9 comments
Nic Case has beat his own land speed record with the world’s fastest RC car. This time he hit 188 MPH!
Battery Sales Show Tesla Has a Long Way to Go
Captain Hybrid 
5/15/2014  33 comments
If recent sales numbers are any indication, Tesla Motors' goal of 50,000 battery packs a year could be a long way off.
10 Cyber Attacks That Wreaked Havoc
Blog 
5/14/2014  24 comments
Most of the significant cyber attacks -- think Stuxnet -- have occurred in just the past eight years. Here are the highlights of attacks that have disrupted business, nabbed IP, or forced plants to go haywire.
TinkerBots Gives Tots a Robotic Building Kit
STEM Connection 
5/14/2014  21 comments
Two German engineers have created a kit that lets kids build robots from individual modules in much the same way they snap Legos together.
Congress Is Working on an Energy Bill… Again
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2014  6 comments
Congress is once again working on the bi-partisan Shaheen-Portman bill that will bring forth many energy efficiency measures to add as many as 190,000 jobs and save as much as 12 quads of energy by 2030.
Video: Connecticut Science Center Exhibit Gets Second Wind
Blog 
5/13/2014  11 comments
An exhibition that simulates what it’s like for people to use wind to steer sailboats at the Connecticut Science Center got some new wind in its sails, literally, courtesy of a technology facelift by ebm-papst.
Would You Pay $30K for an Electric Car?
Captain Hybrid 
5/12/2014  102 comments
Even if automakers cut the cost of the electric vehicle battery and reach the $30,000 target, big sales are hardly a foregone conclusion. There's still no guarantee that large percentages of mainstream buyers will bite.
Wearable Tech Meets the IoT Meets the Cloud
Blog 
5/12/2014  4 comments
A number of tech trends, including the IoT, cloud computing, and wearable technology, are converging as they expand.
Video: Carbon Dioxide-Powered Robo Fish Moves Like the Real Thing
Blog 
5/12/2014  7 comments
A new soft robot that moves like a fish represents a key breakthrough in the movements and safety of robots, according to the team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that designed the robot.
15 Cars That Like Visiting the Mechanic
Electronic News & Comment 
5/9/2014  56 comments
For most car owners, the most desirable feature isn’t torque, horsepower, or connectivity. It’s reliability.
Lithium Chemistries Head List of Next-Gen EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
5/9/2014  4 comments
New battery chemistries will reach the electric-car market over the next decade, but to be successful the new generation of products will need to have drop-in manufacturing capability.
Don't Leave Fluid Power Component Selection to Chance
Guest Blogs 
5/8/2014  6 comments
There’s a science to constructing optimally performing systems.
Can Tesla's $5 Billion Bet Pay Off?
Captain Hybrid 
5/7/2014  37 comments
Whether or not the much-publicized “Gigafactory” is successful, Elon Musk’s grand vision of a gargantuan battery plant may turn out to be one of the most ambitious manufacturing efforts in American business history.
Smart Valve Controllers Can Save Millions
Blog 
5/7/2014  5 comments
Intelligent valve controllers can reduce plant maintenance costs and avoid expensive shutdowns.
'Necessary & Sufficient' Cover the Safety Level
Guest Blogs 
5/7/2014  10 comments
There are many basic principles and maxims that engineers can use to solve simple problems. One trick is to ask at least two questions. First, what is necessary to satisfy the requirement? Second, what is sufficient to satisfy the requirement?
No Matter Your Expertise, You Belong on the Vehicle Design
Blog 
5/7/2014  6 comments
Design News recently published a Technology Roundup, which consists of a series of articles that help that multi-disciplined engineers get their jobs done. Regardless of which subsystem you’re responsible for, we all know that there’s a “need to know” on just about the entire vehicle. Hence, you’ll likely find this series of articles quite informative.
Slideshow: Robotic Renovation at International Space Station
Blog 
5/6/2014  22 comments
Last month, NASA launched the rocket carrying the SpaceX-3 Dragon spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). Robots aided in its berthing on the ISS, and satellite-launching robots will be sent up later this year.
This Is Not Your Father’s Plant
Blog 
5/6/2014  6 comments
A revolution of technology has completely revamped the plant; a new generation of engineers is taking automation and control into the future.
Chip Could Bring Surround View to Mainstream Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
5/6/2014  11 comments
Freescale Semiconductor and Broadcom Corp. have partnered to create a chip that could lay the foundation for surround-view cameras in more vehicles.
21 Cars That Drove Into Movie History
Electronic News & Comment 
5/5/2014  34 comments
In some movies, the cars are the stars. American Graffiti and Fast and Furious, to name a couple, drew much of their audience appeal from their use of noisy internal combustion engines. But cars needn’t be racy to play prominent roles.
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