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These Kickstarter Gadgets Deserve to be Funded
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Donít forget that.
DoE Launches $30M Effort to Develop Solar Modules
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
Designer, Chemist Team Up to Develop Fabric with Interwoven Solar Panels
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9/23/2016  Post a comment
A fabric designer and chemical engineer have teamed up to design fabric woven with solar panels for the future of wearable, autonomously powered technology.
iPhone 7 Plus Teardown: No Headphone Jack, More Space
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9/22/2016  15 comments
Apple made some controversial decisions with its new iPhone 7 models, so what did they do with the extra space? The latest teardown from iFixit digs under the hood of Apple's new sensor-heavy phone.
Food Waste Eyed as Storage for Alternative Energy
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9/22/2016  Post a comment
A team at Eindhoven University of Technology has devised a way to combine food waste and nanotechnology for an alternative-energy storage system.
Fish Scales Used to Create Bio-Inspired Energy Harvester for Medtech
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9/21/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in India have devised a way to use fish scales to develop a piezoelectric-based energy harvester that could potentially power medical and other small electronic devices.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
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9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
Experience VR at ESC Minneapolis With GigaParts
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9/20/2016  Post a comment
Engineers wanting a first-hand look at the latest virtual reality technologies are going to get their chance at ESC Minneapolis this week.
Big Data and Cloud Computing Have Moved into Design
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9/20/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers are using big data to gather product usage information from the field and circulate it into design decisions. Much of that data is now processed in the cloud.
12 Technologies From the Future of Manufacturing
Blog 
9/19/2016  3 comments
Last weekís International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) drew more than 111,000 registrants from 112 countries to see 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, and components of virtually all kinds.
Industrial Cooling Unit Cuts Energy Consumption by 75%
Electronics News 
9/19/2016  4 comments
Using a hybrid design, a new cooling unit promises to cut energy consumption by a whopping 75% when it removes heat from electronic enclosures.
Massive Air Vehicle Combines Features of Blimps and Airplanes
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9/16/2016  1 comment
Momentum is growing behind a technology that promises to combine the qualities of lighter-than-air airships with traditional fixed-wing aircraft.
SeaCharger Vessel Crosses Pacific Solely on Solar Power
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9/16/2016  6 comments
An autonomous seacraft has become the first unmanned surface vehicle to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii solely on solar power.
New Automation Technology Requires New ROI Calculations
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9/16/2016  Post a comment
A new study from MAPI suggests that automation technology can change production so significantly, it requires a new ROI calculation.
Submit Your Nominations for the ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge Awards
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9/15/2016  Post a comment
Nominations are now being accepted for the ARM TechCon 2016 Innovation Challenge Awards. Highlight your most innovative product today.
VR Is Having a Hard Time, But It's Here to Stay
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9/15/2016  1 comment
While market reports show slow going for virtual reality adoption, noted video game developer Chuck Carter says VR is here to stay, and that video games will be the driving force behind all of its applications, from entertainment to enterprise.
German Startup Crowdfunds Solar-Powered Car
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9/15/2016  19 comments
A German company has crowdfunded a new EV that uses solar power for charging during the day.
Safe Robot Works Well with Others ... Humans to Be Exact
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9/15/2016  Post a comment
A sensor-equipped robot at IMTS 2016 demonstrated that it can safely work with humans without the need for a safety cage.
Smart Technology Is Replacing the Knowledgeable Baby Boomer
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9/14/2016  7 comments
Advanced manufacturing equipment now provides a level of plant understanding that goes beyond the knowledge of experienced automation engineers.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
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9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
Solar Cell Uses New Materials to Harvest Energy from More of the Spectrum
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9/13/2016  Post a comment
A cross-disciplinary team from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Technology have taken a layered-material approach to developing a solar cell that can harvest energy from different parts of the solar spectrum.
IoT Needs Security All the Way Down to the Sensors
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9/12/2016  3 comments
Embedded applications are far more vulnerable to security risks than most engineers realize, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
Can Learning about Manufacturing Technologies Help Redirect Young Lives?
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9/12/2016  Post a comment
Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center aims to inspire young adults to shape their worlds for the better.
When Manufacturing Becomes a Video Game
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9/9/2016  1 comment
Advances in manufacturing are pushing the plant toward a fully digital operation with flexibility, speed, and efficiency.
Radio Technology Lets Wearables Piggyback on Power from Larger Devices
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9/9/2016  Post a comment
New radio technology from researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst allows low-power devices to run by piggybacking on power from larger devices
The iPhone 7 Is Crammed With New Sensor Technologies
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9/8/2016  22 comments
With the iPhone 7, Apple has finally made an iPhone upgrade that is more function than form, with a number of improvements in the device's sensor and chip technologies and a farewell to a consumer favorite analog technology.
Hybrid Solar-Energy Harvester Aims for 50% Efficiency
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9/8/2016  3 comments
A research team from Purdue University has created a hybrid system that harvests light and heat from the sun and uses steam to create energy.
Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly
Blog 
9/7/2016  8 comments
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows tepid salary and job growth for engineers.
Which Will Capture the Market First -- Autonomous Cars or Electrics?
Automotive News 
9/7/2016  13 comments
Self-driving vehicles, considered little more than a science fiction project a decade ago, are quickly gaining on electric cars as the auto industryís technology of the future.
Tech Trivia: Know Your Stuff? Win Some Stuff.
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9/7/2016  Post a comment
Think youíre smart? Prove it. Come down to the ESC all-for-fun tech trivia session and maybe win a prize.
Qualcomm Targets Its New VR Development Platform at OEMs
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9/6/2016  2 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820VR looks like any other virtual reality (VR) headset, but its actually part of a plan by the company to enable OEMs to develop their own VR hardware and applications.
Kick Start Your Harley and Never Open Your Mailbox Again
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
Design News has a long Gadget Freak history and today we revisit some of the more memorable projects that actually help solve problems.
Plant Security: The Moving Threat, the Effective Response
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9/1/2016  Post a comment
Alan Grau of Icon Labs analyzes new cyber threats and emerging protection strategies.
Nanofarm Grows Fresh Veggies in Your Kitchen
Electronics News 
9/1/2016  5 comments
By eliminating pumps, sensors, and actuators, a start-up has created a home appliance that autonomously grows food, and costs about half as much as its predecessors.
ĎDonít Go Gangbustersí on Your IoT Applications
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8/31/2016  1 comment
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
'Octobot' Is the First Autonomous Soft Robot
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8/31/2016  Post a comment
A new proof-of-concept robot from Harvard's Wyss Institute shows that it may one day be possible to build sophisticated autonomous robots without any hard components.
The 9 Worst Apple Products of All Time
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8/30/2016  6 comments
Perfection is a laudable, but ultimately unattainable, goal, even for the world's most successful consumer electronics company. You know the hits; here are Apple's all-time greatest misses.
15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
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8/29/2016  3 comments
Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.
3 Recommendations for Reducing the Costs and Complexities of Certifying Smart Appliances
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8/29/2016  Post a comment
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult.†Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will†cause significant time-to-market delays,†be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers.†
Hope or Hype? Big Automakers Look to Autonomous Vehicles
Automotive News 
8/26/2016  2 comments
Ford Motor Co. announced plans last week to join an ever-growing number of automakers who intend to produce fully autonomous vehicles in the next five years.
The Tools Have Arrived for the Fully Digital Plant
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8/26/2016  Post a comment
Obtaining the benefits of a fully digital plant requires IoT connectivity and foresight in the planning process.
3D Printing at the Microscale Will Cut Cost and Size
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems have now been used by several customers for printing 3D polymer and composite structures at the micron scale with embedded electronics and biomedical applications.
6 Automakers Will Lead the Way to EV Battery Growth
Automotive News 
8/25/2016  12 comments
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
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8/24/2016  2 comments
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
Packaging Gets All Dressed Up for Advanced Manufacturing
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8/24/2016  Post a comment
From IoT and M2M to flexible robotics and consumer HMI, the advances in smart manufacturing are being deployed on the packaging floor.
Cyber Criminals Are Lurking on Trusted Sites
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8/23/2016  3 comments
Cyber criminals have taken to hiding in common CMS platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal.
The Apple Car: A Bridge Too Far?
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8/22/2016  9 comments
In the war for consumer dollars, Apple needs another win. But is the rumored Apple Car too far of a reach for the iPhone giant?
You'll Need an RFID Implant to Fire This Smart Gun
Blog 
8/22/2016  24 comments
A biohacker has prototyped a novel solution to smart guns -- implanting gun owners with RFID implants so only they can fire them.
How Heat Affects Camera Design and What to Do About It
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8/22/2016  Post a comment
The landscape of product development is changing. Electronic components and the devices that use them are shrinking, while power and functionality are rising. As a result, heat management is now in the forefront of the design process.
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