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2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
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1/26/2015  Post a comment
2014 was big dark year for cyber attacks. Here's the month-by-month blow-by-blow breakdown.
With HoloLens Microsoft Bets on a Holographic Future
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1/26/2015  Post a comment
Microsoft unveiled more than a new operating system at its Windows 10 event. With its new HoloLens headset the company wants to make holograms a part of everyday life.
China’s Manufacturing Slump Softens While US Growth Erodes Again in January
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1/26/2015  Post a comment
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  3 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
1/23/2015  7 comments
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of today’s auto industry.
The Conundrum of Published Specs Versus Real-World Performance
Guest Blogs 
1/23/2015  2 comments
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Spider Webs, Leaves Inspire Future Network Design for Displays, Solar Panels
Blog 
1/23/2015  1 comment
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Babak Parviz Goes Through the Glass
Chris Wiltz 
1/22/2015  2 comments
Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award winner Babak Parviz on his new gig at Amazon, the origins of Google Glass and the Smart Contact Lens, and why humanities, not tech, is the future.
Decoding Procurement: How It Can Work as Design Engineering’s Ally
Guest Blogs 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
Procurement actually means well. There is no question that procurement can do a better job of phrasing their questions or making connections between engineering’s goals and the processes underway. And if you are using the right deciphering code, the result can live up to -- or surpass -- your expectations.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 
1/21/2015  5 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
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1/21/2015  11 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
It’s 2015. Where’s My Mr. Fusion?
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1/20/2015  6 comments
A quick look out the window confirms that flying cars and levitating skateboards, while they actually exist, are still not commonplace. We don’t have transparent aluminum yet, either.
Google Glass Sales Have Stopped; No One Should be Surprised
Chris Wiltz 
1/19/2015  12 comments
The writing has been on the wall for a while and Google has announced it will no longer be selling Google Glass in its current iteration.
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
Electronics News 
1/19/2015  7 comments
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
10 Places to Visit to Interest Your Kids in STEM
STEM Connection 
1/16/2015  14 comments
Scientific and engineering history is evident everywhere you look in our modern world, and there are a plethora of institutions, museums, facilities and other places that celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ideas and innovations.
$30K Chevy Bolt Looms as Challenge for GM
Automotive News 
1/15/2015  19 comments
General Motors’ glitzy public unveiling of the Bolt concept car this week shows commitment to the future of electric vehicle technology, but it also heaps pressure on its engineers to meet a challenging set of technical goals.
Will Obama’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan Work?
STEM Connection 
1/15/2015  29 comments
If done properly, the president’s plan could benefit nearly everyone. Of course, given the realities of Washington politics, it’s hard to tell whether anything -- or, at least, anything good -- will ever come of this proposal.
Watch: The Nintendo Power Glove Transformed Into an Animation Tool
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1/15/2015  2 comments
When stop-motion animator Dillion Markey wanted a better way to control his equipment, he found a solution in an '80s video game accessory.
2015 Trend Watch: The IoT Booms but Needs Standards
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1/14/2015  Post a comment
Whether you call it the IoT, the IIoT, Industry 4.0, or Advanced Manufacturing, it's coming on big in 2015, and it’s going to change the very nature of manufacturing, according to Manufacturing Trends to Watch, produced by Frost and Sullivan's Gil Manufacturing Leadership group.
Nvidia & Renovo's All-Electric Supercar Is Tech-Packed
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1/14/2015  2 comments
The Coupe, showcased at CES 2015, doesn’t come cheap. With a price tag north of $500,000, you’ll need a serious bank balance to back up that electric super-car crush.
Tiny Bots Teach Your Kid to Code
STEM Connection 
1/14/2015  3 comments
While many would balk at the idea of robots looking after children not many could argue against robots educating the younger generation to code. After all, the world they are growing up in depends on it, and it’s still not -- for the most part -- being taught or mandated in schools. There’s even an argument to be made that computer literacy is becoming as important in today’s world as traditional literacy.
Medical-Grade EEG Comes to Your Home
Blog 
1/14/2015  3 comments
Belgian company imec has developed a wireless headset that is bringing hospital-grade EEG out of the clinical setting and into the home.
CES 2015: Sensors Lead the Way in Mercedes-Benz Future Car
Electronics News 
1/13/2015  1 comment
Automotive sensor technology is taking a giant stride forward in a futuristic luxury concept car that’s part chauffeur, part lounge, and part entertainment theater.
Toll Plazas Weigh Vehicles, Harvests Energy From Them
Blog 
1/13/2015  13 comments
While car manufacturers are looking for ways to make automobiles lighter through the use of new materials, researchers in India are finding a way to leverage their weight to create energy.
CES 2015: Sensors Add New Dimensions to Consumer Electronics
Electronics News 
1/12/2015  1 comment
With laptops and PCs losing market share to handhelds and wearables, sensors are taking on a growing role in consumer electronics.
What Killed the Amazon Fire Phone?
Chris Wiltz 
1/9/2015  16 comments
Amazon's first venture into smartphones has lost the company $170 million. How that happened is a cautionary tale of over-engineering, failed amibition, and outright hubris.
CES 2015: Revamped Sony Walkman Comes With Big Price Tag
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1/9/2015  19 comments
Sony used CES 2015 to cash in on its nostalgic “Walkman” brand with a new high-resolution portable audio player.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … You Added to the 'Engineer If' List
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1/8/2015  10 comments
Here's a list of "You Know You're an Engineer If" contributions from Design News readers.
The DoE Just Broke the World Record in Solar Cell Efficiency
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1/8/2015  17 comments
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has demonstrated an unprecedented solar cell conversion rate.
CES 2015: Baby’s First IoT; 4Moms' App-Controlled Infant Seat
Blog 
1/8/2015  5 comments
We may still not have reached the era of robo-childcare, but we’re getting there!
Here's Your Chance to Learn About the Secrets of FPGAs
Guest Blogs 
1/8/2015  Post a comment
The secrets that programmable logic vendors use to create these amazing devices are typically not discussed in much detail by the manufacturers. But if you understand them you can typically figure out why your devices are performing the way they do.
CES 2015: The BACTrack Vio is a Smartphone Breathalyzer
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1/7/2015  Post a comment
Where better than Vegas to test your blood alcohol level? Enter the BACTrack Vio, the plug-in smartphone Breathalyzer, featuring wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and an app allowing you to track your BAC results over time.
CES 2015: Jamstik – the Guitar for iOS
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1/7/2015  Post a comment
Remember when Guitar Hero used to be a thing? No? Well, that might be because you fancy yourself a real musician. But for those who want something in between the completely simulated and completely authentic guitar experience, there’s Jamstik, ¬a MIDI guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
At CES 2015, Toyota Announces it's Giving Away its Fuel Cell Patents
Automotive News 
1/7/2015  5 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Sony Hack Should Sound Off Alarm Bells for Industrial Sector
William Ng 
1/7/2015  2 comments
The real silver lining to come out of the Sony hack scandal was the sobering affirmation for both the US government and private sector that we have long-term and persistent cyber enemies from anywhere in the world.
CES 2015: The Inmotion V3 Electric Unicycle Rides the Wacky Wave
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1/7/2015  4 comments
It’s 2015, and we may not yet have hoverboards like in Back to The Future, but, thanks to a company by the name of INMOTION, we do have bizarre, electric unicycles.
Does a Messy Desk Mean a Creative Mind?
Blog 
1/6/2015  26 comments
Many of the greatest minds in past and current history sat behind very unkempt desks. What does your desk say about you?
When Good Companies Make Bad Decisions
Blog 
1/6/2015  19 comments
Nearly every engineer has a story or two about mind-bogglingly stupid management decisions. The universality of this experience is one reason why Scott Adams’ Dilbert cartoons have enjoyed more than 25 years of popularity.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 
1/5/2015  6 comments
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your vote and come back next week to see if your favorite project garnered the $6,000 first prize!
Supercars Go Hybrid
Automotive News 
1/5/2015  8 comments
Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybrid’s growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
Engineering Disasters: The Dam Catastrophe That Changed the Profession
Electronics News 
12/31/2014  15 comments
Eighty-six years after America’s worst civil engineering disaster, the lessons appear painfully obvious.
Scary IEEE Tech Predictions for 2015
Blog 
12/31/2014  16 comments
The IEEE Computer society provides 2015 predictions that pose real challenges. What are the trends that will rock your world in the coming year?
Programmable Logic - How Do They Do That?
Blog 
12/31/2014  1 comment
CEC class explores advances in programmable logic devices.
Holland Tests World's First Solar Roadway
Blog 
12/31/2014  32 comments
For a country that doesn’t get as much sunshine as its southern European neighbors, the Netherlands is certainly doing some innovative things with solar power.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You Still Have an IBM XT
Blog 
12/29/2014  46 comments
Do you see a perfectly good design and still insist on changing it? You might be an engineer.
Lexus' New Concept Car Provides Bold Glimpse of the Future
Automotive News 
12/23/2014  52 comments
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
Beyond Bits and Bytes: Learning About FPGAs and MCUs Via Online Classes
Guest Blogs 
12/23/2014  3 comments
Perhaps you didn't know that there are a variety of classes, both live and archived, offered via the Design News Continuing Education Center (CEC) sponsored by Digi-Key? The best part – they are free!
Engineers Just Love Team-Building Exercises
Blog 
12/23/2014  38 comments
Engineer comic Don McMillan explains the fun engineers have with team-building exercises. Can you relate?
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 4
Gadget Freak 
12/22/2014  6 comments
Voting in Round 4 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Reshoring Is Happening, but so Is Outsourcing
Blog 
12/22/2014  11 comments
Reshoring is picking up steam, but it's not outpacing the overall continuing growth in outsourcing.
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Microsoft unveiled more than a new operating system at its Windows 10 event. With its new HoloLens headset the company wants to make holograms a part of everyday life.
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A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
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