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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in July 2013
Video: This Touchscreen Can Sense Fingerprints
Blog 
7/31/2013  20 comments
The Fiberio tabletop touchscreen detects fingerprints and other objects.
NASA 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Is Ready
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2013  13 comments
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne created a 3D-printed rocket engine using fused deposition modeling and stereolithography.
Computer Vision Enhances Crop Yield
Blog 
7/31/2013  6 comments
Roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have designed a system that uses computer vision to count grapes for an exact crop yield.
Video: Kinect Sensor Enables Sign Language Recognition & Translation
Blog 
7/30/2013  11 comments
Microsoft Research Asia and the Institute of Computing Technology have developed a Microsoft Kinect-based sign language tracking interface.
Software Engineering Is Changing the Design Workflow
Guest Blogs 
7/30/2013  4 comments
Software engineers should be added to the new multi-disciplinary design teams.
NASA Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Part
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2013  28 comments
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed hot-fire tests on a rocket injector assembly made with a selective laser melting 3D printing process and powdered metals.
Orthogonal Awakenings & Innovation Ice Breakers
Guest Blogs 
7/29/2013  13 comments
The journey from disruptive concept to implementation is orthogonal awakening, and it’s considered such when the implementation is extraordinary.
Don’t Agonize Over Apple-Based Peripherals
Blog 
7/29/2013  4 comments
Cypress Semiconductor's digital-audio development kit makes connecting to the Lightning interface quite simple.
Codeanywhere Takes Software Dev Tools to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/29/2013  3 comments
Startup company Codeanywhere allows users to edit code online either on laptops/PCs or mobile devices as long as there is a connection.
Slideshow: 3D Printed Multi-Material Audio Speakers
Blog 
7/26/2013  17 comments
A New Zealand designer has 3D-printed a speaker for his home audio system made with the multi-material Objet Connex 3D printing system from Stratasys.
Keep Prying Eyes From Data Storage
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/26/2013  9 comments
Cloud Guys Corporation makes a device that allows users to store and transfer data from a host of devices without the need for cloud-based or third-party services.
Scanadu Breaks Indiegogo Crowdfunding Record
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/26/2013  2 comments
Scanadu received funding for its Scout, a medical tricorder of sorts that monitors the user's vital functions in conjunction with a smartphone.
Take Your Social Media out to the Ball Game
Blog 
7/25/2013  9 comments
Qualcomm and Major League Baseball Advanced Media have struck a deal to provide fans with mobile access, live video, audio stream, news, and up-to-date stats at ballparks.
Introducing a DIY, Open-Source Virtual Reality Initiative
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/25/2013  8 comments
An open-source DIY virtual reality project from the University of Southern California's MxR seeks to produce a better HMD head-mounted display.
Bell Lab Researchers Send Data at 400 Gbps
Blog 
7/25/2013  8 comments
A new technique promises bandwidths four times faster than the absolute best that can be offered today.
Unlimited Lifetime Data Storage Using Nanostructured Glass
Blog 
7/24/2013  20 comments
Researchers at the University of Southampton have created a glass storage disk that holds an unprecedented capacity of 360 terabytes.
Video: Dance Performance Perfected Through 3D Virtual Experience
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/24/2013  13 comments
Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is being used in the arts to allow dance performers to preview their routine through 3D virtual experiences that accurately simulate real-world environments.
Redefining the Kelvin
Blog 
7/24/2013  3 comments
Researchers have announced they have rederived the Boltzmann constant with unprecedented accuracy.
Siemens PLM Uses Rapid Start to Speed Product Development
Blog 
7/24/2013  Post a comment
Siemens PLM Software has introduced new tools to help its customers speed the product development process.
3D Print Your Own Analog Camera
Blog 
7/23/2013  57 comments
Recently graduated design student Leo Marius has made an open-source working 35 mm analog camera with a 3D printer, and so can you -- he's posted all the files and instructions online.
Apps Provide Useful Data Through Crowdsensing
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/23/2013  6 comments
Apps using a user's location and input can track waits at airports, water, and air quality, and location-specific activity.
GrabCAD Integrates AutoDesk Tools Into Cloud Collaboration Environment
Blog 
7/23/2013  3 comments
Autodesk has partnered with GrabCAD to bring its design tools -- AutoCAD 360 and Fusion 360 -- online as part of the GrabCAD Toolbox.
Video: Interview With an Avatar
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/22/2013  13 comments
The idea of learning to interact socially is being tackled by MIT’s MACH (My Automated Conversation Coach).
Video: Purdue Researchers Develop Hands-On 3D Digital Modeling Tool
Blog 
7/22/2013  16 comments
Researchers at Purdue University have created a hands-on design tool that interprets gestures and movements, thus enabling designers to create and modify 3D shapes with their hands.
edX Offers Free Online Courses
Blog 
7/22/2013  6 comments
In an effort to help those all over the globe further their education, MIT and Harvard University created a non-profit organization called edX.
eBay Unveils 3D Printing App
Blog 
7/19/2013  12 comments
eBay Exact is eBay’s venture into the world of 3D printing. The site has teamed with Makerbot, Sculpteo, and Hot Pot Factory to make it happen.
Codename One Allows Developers to Create Apps Across a Spectrum of Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/19/2013  9 comments
The Codename One Java GUI development environment will let users develop and port apps across all mobile platforms.
Design Tools Simplify Load-Pull Measurement
Blog 
7/19/2013  1 comment
Load-pull characterization is an essential tool for increasing the efficiency of power amplifiers.
Capturing 3D Images From a Kilometer Away
Blog 
7/18/2013  9 comments
A new camera system developed by a group of scientists at Heriot-Watt can render full 3D images of objects up to 1 kilometer away with millimeter depth accuracy.
Google's One Today App Makes Donating Easy
Blog 
7/18/2013  2 comments
Google releases One Today, an app that lets people easily donate to the charity of their choice.
Developers Get Early Release of Next-Gen Kinect Sensor
Blog 
7/18/2013  4 comments
The vastly improved Kinect sensor will be released to developers this year, shortly after the Xbox One launch.
Video: WiSee Takes Gesture Recognition to the Next Level
Blog 
7/17/2013  12 comments
University of Washington scientists have developed WiSee, a way to sense human gestures and movement using WiFi signals inside a room.
Favorable Economics & Strong Design Boost American Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
7/17/2013  5 comments
After years of off-shoring their manufacturing operations, companies are bringing long-shuttered US factories back to life.
Multi-Touch Industrial HMIs
Blog 
7/17/2013  6 comments
The industrial HMI is continuing to evolve with the addition of multi-touch capabilities that are now standard on smartphones and tablets.
YEI Technology Unveils Micro USB 3-Space Module
Blog 
7/16/2013  9 comments
YEI Technology releases Micro USB 3-Space Module, the smallest 3D position sensor in its line of products.
Learn 3D Printing Technology at a College Near You
Blog 
7/15/2013  12 comments
NYU now offers a course on 3D printing, which results in students receiving a certificate.
Books Come to Life With Disney's 'HideOut'
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/15/2013  7 comments
Disney research is using an advance augmented reality projection and detection system to create what is to become the norm in interactivity.
An Engineer Examines Engineering
Blog 
7/12/2013  34 comments
A new book looks at the 101 things an engineer learned in engineering school.
GapSense Allows Communication Between WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/12/2013  4 comments
GapSense, a wireless network management software, will alleviate airway traffic jams caused by multiple-protocol devices operating in the same vicinity.
US Military Academies Ramp Up Training for Future Cyber Warriors
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/11/2013  3 comments
One of the hottest new jobs to be offered within the next decade by military recruiters will be rooted in cyber warfare.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
Blog 
7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
Designing for Manufacturability Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
Guest Blogs 
7/8/2013  8 comments
Simulation technology has been used for many years to gain insight in complex problems and to manage risk. But only now is the technology ready to assist in the early design stages.
NASA Builds 3D Printer for Space
Engineering Materials 
7/3/2013  30 comments
After nearly two years of R&D and testing several different commercial 3D printers in zero gravity, NASA has partnered with Made in Space to develop a 3D printer.
My Opinion on Increased Military Spending: It’s a Good Thing
Blog 
7/2/2013  33 comments
My simple thinking is that manufacturing of just about anything is a good thing, as it has a snowball effect.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
Electronic News & Comment 
7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.
3D Printing & Printed 3D Electronics
Engineering Materials 
7/1/2013  19 comments
Combining a conformal printed electronics process with 3D printing in the same machine could speed up manufacturing, cut costs, and give engineers more design freedom. It's not that far away.




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