NI's Dr. T to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Blog 12/6/2013 5 comments Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
MEMS Gains Momentum in China
Guest Blogs 12/5/2013 3 comments The Chinese are investing in the people and the infrastructure that will make the Chinese MEMS industry competitive in the world economy — with hopes of being the best.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 12/4/2013 11 comments The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
The A/C Blew Up the Earth Station
Sherlock Ohms 11/29/2013 16 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
The Importance of Mentors
Blog 11/27/2013 40 comments Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Select Reliable Connectors for Mobile Devices
Guest Blogs 11/26/2013 6 comments If you've spent any time looking for the right connector to use in a smartphone or other mobile device, you might believe that all fine-pitch, low-profile connectors are created equal. But they're not.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 11/22/2013 14 comments After six rounds of voting, it comes down to this -- the final showdown. Who created the best gadget featured in Design News this year? We're counting on you to tell us.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
Blog 11/21/2013 21 comments Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
The New Controller Just Wasn’t Cool
Sherlock Ohms 11/20/2013 14 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Slideshow: New Directions in Wearable Tech
Blog 11/19/2013 27 comments A recent contest sponsored by the element14 design community and Adafruit Industries shows that designers are hard at work on innovations that integrate fabric and technology to create smart products.
Get to Know UL 1604
Guest Blogs 11/19/2013 3 comments We routinely field questions about UL 1604 and which products comply with it. Here are the answers to some of those questions.
The Sled Mangled the Coupling
Sherlock Ohms 11/15/2013 8 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Slideshow: 20 Great Technology Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 11/12/2013 40 comments Everyone, from JFK to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actor Matthew McConaughey, has opined on technology. From wise to funny to inaccurate, we offer a few of the most notable.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 11/8/2013 23 comments Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.