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Slideshow: EV Makers Look to New Battery Chargers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/22/2014  8 comments
As more electric cars and plug-in hybrids hit the highways, the need for battery chargers is growing.
Student-Designed System for E-Motorbike Tops TI Challenge
STEM Connection 
8/22/2014  2 comments
A battery management system to support an electric motorcycle lithium-ion battery pack took first place in Texas Instruments' annual engineering innovation contest.
Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; System Tracks Sleep Behavior
Gadget Freak 
8/21/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
Siemens' Intosite Augments Tecnomatix PLM Platform
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/21/2014  4 comments
Siemens released Intosite, a cloud-based, location-aware SaaS app that lets users navigate a virtual production facility in much of the same fashion as traversing through Google Earth. Users can access PLM, IT, and other pertinent information for specific points on a factory floor or at an outdoor location.
Slideshow: Jewelry Harvests Energy in the Blink of an Eye
Blog 
8/20/2014  25 comments
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
Wiring Causes Constant Problems
Made by Monkeys 
8/20/2014  18 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Report: Metamaterials Will Partly Depend on Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/20/2014  8 comments
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada
Blog 
8/19/2014  17 comments
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX Reveals 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
8/19/2014  9 comments
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
The ‘Holy Grail’ for Lithium-Based Batteries
Blog 
8/19/2014  7 comments
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Who Should Be the Next Rising Engineering Star?
Blog 
8/18/2014  12 comments
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Early Morning Sparks New Idea
Sherlock Ohms 
8/18/2014  5 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.
Gadget Freak Case #261: Dr. Seuss Themed Target Game
Gadget Freak 
8/15/2014  8 comments
Colorado State University students have created “One Shot Two Shot, Red Shot Blue Shot” -- a Dr. Seuss themed target game where the objective is to get the most points with six shots from the gun.
FPGAs Cut Subaru's Test Times
Electronic News & Comment 
8/15/2014  4 comments
If the design of Subaru’s XV Crosstrek Hybrid car is any indication, we may now be seeing the next new wrinkle in the evolution of automotive test simulation.
Injection-Moldable Composite Beats Metal Specs
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2014  9 comments
A new thermoplastic composite for high-speed, high-volume injection molding has tensile strength that's close to, and sometimes better than, either lay-up composites or metals.
Enter Now for the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
8/14/2014  2 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Lawrence Livermore & MIT 3D-Print New Super-Light, Super-Strong Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2014  9 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and MIT have 3D-printed a new class of metamaterials that are both exceptionally light and have exceptional strength and stiffness. The new metamaterials maintain a nearly constant stiffness per unit of mass density, over three orders of magnitude.
Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 -- Unleashed
Blog 
8/13/2014  2 comments
Oculus VR, which took the world by surprise last year with the Oculus Rift, seeks to push the self-created envelope with the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2.
Rocket Scientist Designs Cookware Based on Jet Engines
Blog 
8/13/2014  18 comments
An Oxford rocket scientist has designed award-winning cookware that reduces the amount of heat needed by 40%.
Did Cold Weather Cause Boeing Battery Meltdown? Probably Not
Electronic News & Comment 
8/12/2014  14 comments
Despite recent news reports to the contrary, cold winter weather was probably no more than a minor contributor to the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion battery fires last year.
The Next Generation of Design Challenges: Home Healthcare
Guest Blogs 
8/11/2014  11 comments
Medical devices will look and feel different in the next 20 years, because, as design and product development people, our criteria are changing.
Gadget Freak Case #260: Arduino Solar Charge Controller
Gadget Freak 
8/8/2014  13 comments
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panel. It is used to maintain proper charging voltage on the batteries.
System Stores Energy for the Grid – Using Gravel
Blog 
8/8/2014  39 comments
British scientists have found a way to use gravel to store collected energy from renewable sources reliably and efficiently.
'Lab on a Chip' Provides Unprecedented Early Diagnosis of Disease
Blog 
8/8/2014  25 comments
A new technology presents a major breakthrough in preventative medicine by providing the ability to diagnose infectious or inherited diseases long before they’ve historically been identified.
Reflections on GoEngineer Kids’ Camps 2014
STEM Connection 
8/8/2014  3 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality.
Teardown: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Blog 
8/7/2014  8 comments
We're tearing down the brand-new Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller, lighter, and less powerful version of the S5. Call it Samsung's flagboat smartphone.
Sap Interferes With Cell Reception
Sherlock Ohms 
8/7/2014  12 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.
Video: Test Apparatus Uncovers the Flaws of Football Helmets
Electronic News & Comment 
8/7/2014  7 comments
Using sensors and a specialized test stand, engineers have discovered that the root causes of head trauma may lie in a complex pattern of forces that today’s football helmets aren’t equipped to handle.
BMW Pushes for Broader EV Adoption With New Charger
Captain Hybrid 
8/5/2014  35 comments
Working with engineers at Bosch Automotive, BMW AG is rolling out a fast-charge system that could replenish the battery of its i3 electric car in just 30 minutes.
Update: Intelligent Composites for Structural Monitoring
Engineering Materials 
8/5/2014  5 comments
Smart composites that let the material's structural health be monitored automatically and continuously are getting closer to reality. R&D partners in an EU-sponsored project have demonstrated what they say is the first complete, miniaturized, fiber-optic sensor system entirely embedded inside a fiber-reinforced composite.
Flexible Supercapacitor Can Be Woven Into Clothing
Blog 
8/5/2014  10 comments
This flexible supercapacitor can power everything from wearable medical monitors to communications equipment without bulky battery packs.
Light-Equipped Drone Is Your Personal Lighting Crew
Blog 
8/4/2014  5 comments
Litrobot drones are able to illuminate a dynamic subject to capture interesting pictures every time.
Fly Used as Model for Battery-Free, Intelligent Hearing Aid
Blog 
8/4/2014  16 comments
A new low-power microphone device inspired by the hearing of a fly could pave the way for a new generation of intelligent and battery-free hearing aids that focus only on what a listener wants to hear.
Lithium-Ion Batteries to Provide Grid Support in Hawaii
Electronic News & Comment 
8/1/2014  11 comments
Lithium-ion batteries will soon back up the power grid on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, providing the stability to handle intermittent power fluctuations from renewable energy sources.
Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi
Blog 
7/31/2014  21 comments
The Soofa is an urban smart bench that provides mobile device charging as well as collects environmental information via wireless sensors.
Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google's Ranks
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2014  10 comments
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Study: Autonomous Cars Headed for Massive Sales by 2035
Electronic News & Comment 
7/30/2014  46 comments
Self-driving vehicle technology could grow rapidly over the next two decades, with nearly 95 million “autonomous-capable” cars being sold annually around the world by 2035, a new study predicts.
Video: MIT Keeps You Warm While You Walk
Blog 
7/30/2014  10 comments
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
Why Use Linux for Device Drivers?
Blog 
7/30/2014  2 comments
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Work Out While You Work
Blog 
7/29/2014  42 comments
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Blog 
7/28/2014  4 comments
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Blog 
7/25/2014  30 comments
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
STEM Connection 
7/25/2014  11 comments
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
Gadget Freak Review: The Coolest Cooler; Rotating Wireless Charger
Gadget Freak 
7/24/2014  21 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
Homebuilt Mower Is Better Than a New One
Made by Monkeys 
7/24/2014  23 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
20 Engineers From the World of Sports
Electronic News & Comment 
7/23/2014  36 comments
From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.
IBM Invests $3B in Powerful Processors of the Future
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/23/2014  4 comments
IBM announced it is dedicating $3 billion of funding over the next five years to research and development of new processor technologies.
16 Robot Stars From the 1970s
Blog 
7/22/2014  25 comments
Robots came into their own in the 1970s. Gone were the low-budget black-and-white B movies. Now robots roamed in full-color feature films with A-list actors.
Share Your Invention & Win Big Money
Gadget Freak 
7/22/2014  1 comment
There is still time to get in your gadgets for the Design News and Allied Electronics second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
Blog 
7/21/2014  29 comments
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
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A battery management system to support an electric motorcycle lithium-ion battery pack took first place in Texas Instruments' annual engineering innovation contest.
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
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