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‘Don’t Go Gangbusters’ on Your IoT Applications
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8/31/2016  Post a 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
Blog 
8/30/2016  3 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  2 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
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8/22/2016  19 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.
Secrets for a 1,500-MPG Car Revealed
Electronics News 
8/19/2016  23 comments
A student team at the recent NIWeek 2016 conference shared its insights into the design of an engine control system for a car that set a fuel efficiency record of more than 1,500 miles per gallon.
The Autonomous Zombie Defense System
Gadget Freak 
8/18/2016  1 comment
Halloween will be here before you know it. And the zombie apocalypse may come even sooner. Best to prepare yourself by building your own security system to safeguard against the walking dead.
How Engineers Are Dealing with Challenges of Optical Heart Rate Monitoring
Electronics News 
8/18/2016  Post a comment
Five years ago, optical heart rate tracking seemed like an obvious successor to the popular chest straps used by many fitness buffs, but the technology has faced myriad engineering challenges on its way to market acceptance.
The Digital Plant Will Transform Industries
Blog 
8/18/2016  1 comment
A panel discussion at the Advanced Technology Conference in Minneapolis in September will look at the disruptive advances in digital manufacturing.
Tesla Sticks to Its Vision as Gigafactory Grows
Automotive News 
8/17/2016  13 comments
Tesla Motors says the construction of its giant Gigafactory is ahead of schedule, despite the electric automaker’s growing financial woes.
Do Optical Sensors Provide Reliable Heart Rate Data?
Electronics News 
8/17/2016  2 comments
Optical heart rate monitors, hailed as a promising new technology when they hit the market a few years ago, are starting to see some backlash.
GE Takes the Digital Pulse of the Plant
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8/17/2016  1 comment
GE Digital's Plant Pulse Optimizer gathers plant data from disparate systems and displays it together on one screen.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
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8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Say Hello with LEDs
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8/16/2016  Post a comment
Networking can be made easier with one of these ESC mesh-networked electronic badges.
GoPiGo Turns a Raspberry Pi Into a Robot Car
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8/15/2016  Post a comment
Take a look at the GoPiGo robotics kit that lets students and hobbyists build a programmable mobile robot.
Will EPA Relax the 54.5 MPG Mandate?
Automotive News 
8/12/2016  74 comments
A recently released government report has raised the hopes of automakers looking for a break on future fuel economy regulations, despite the warnings of an Environmental Protection Agency official who said the agency is unlikely to back down on its goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
How Ice Can Help Reduce Global Warming
Blog 
8/11/2016  27 comments
As the planet gets warmer, the demand for cooling will increase, which will, in turn, most likely add to emissions. This positive feedback loop is a concern to many.
Rapid Prototyping Is Critical to the Realization of 5G
Blog 
8/11/2016  1 comment
To reap the benefits of 5G technology, researchers need a faster path to prototype.
LEDs Spearhead Drive Toward Intelligent Headlamps
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8/11/2016  Post a comment
Technical advances in LED development facilitate not only greater design flexibility but also new lighting concepts for greater safety. The new possibilities in lighting design are provided by innovative types of LEDs with compact dimensions, high luminance and individually controllable chips, enabling more flexibility in lamp construction.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
Blog 
8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
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8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
Whatever Happened to NASA’s X-30?
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8/8/2016  19 comments
NASA’s recent announcement of its all-electric experimental aircraft, called the X-57, was big news, resurrecting the pioneering spirit of the agency’s early days. Still, in terms of raw ambition, it paled in comparison to the Holy Grail project of a quarter-century ago, the X-30.
Inkjet Printer Produces Decorative Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
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8/8/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Finland have for the first time used an inkjet printer to print a dye-sensitized solar cell, paving the way for the creation of new gadgets, decorative objects, and even photographs that can harvest solar energy.
Can Massive MIMO Deliver on the Promise of 5G?
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8/5/2016  Post a comment
New research from the University of Bristol and Lund University is pointing at Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) as the frontrunner to deliver 5G wireless to the masses.
Novel Solar Cell Uses Sun to Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Burnable Fuel
Blog 
8/5/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel.
Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Comes to Autonomous Cars
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8/4/2016  Post a comment
An expanded hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test system from National Instruments promises to offer a better way to test engineering’s most complex products, from defense aircraft to autonomous cars.
Researchers Advance Efforts to Harvest Energy From RF Signals
Blog 
8/4/2016  1 comment
A team of researchers from The Australian National University has made a breakthrough in efforts to power sensors using energy harvested from signals emitted by television and cellular transmissions, such as those from mobile base stations.
A Look at NASA's Fabled X-Planes
Blog 
8/3/2016  12 comments
Here's a look at some of NASA’s greatest experiemntal planes, from Chuck Yeager’s X-1 to the hypersonic X-15 to the abandoned X-30 and beyond.
Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy
Blog 
8/3/2016  6 comments
Researchers in Switzerland have devised an osmotic power-generation system using two types of water and a nano-scale membrane.
SIGGRAPH 2016: The Best Emerging Interactive Technologies
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8/2/2016  Post a comment
Real-time facial reenactment, VR that lets you feel without gloves, the next stage for augmented reality, and a novel system for materials design: Take a look at some of the most exciting research and emerging innovations featured at SIGGRAPH 2016.
Energy Usage Slashed at New Car Plant
Blog 
8/2/2016  3 comments
For years, energy usage was not even a major design priority for machinery and equipment suppliers but, with rising costs and concerns, it suddenly became a hot engineering topic.
Spiders Inspire Stronger Materials That Manipulate Sound, Heat
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8/2/2016  Post a comment
Researchers are taking inspiration from how spider silk transmits sound to inspire stronger materials that manipulate both sound and heat.
Astronaut Grissom Didn’t Hit the Chicken Switch
Blog 
8/1/2016  10 comments
Fifty-five years after the fact, a new book lends support to astronaut Gus Grissom's claim that he didn't hit the "chicken switch."
Synthetic, 'Smart' Cells Can Remember, Respond to Events
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8/1/2016  Post a comment
In a step forward for synthetic biology, researchers at MIT have programmed cells that can remember and respond to a series of events. The work allows for the engineering of cells within the human body that can sense disease and respond appropriately, as well as other next-generation medical applications.
Team Uncovers Way to Turn Carbon Monoxide Waste Into Biofuel
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8/1/2016  Post a comment
Biological engineers at Cornell University have developed a way to make the biofuel ethanol through a fermentation process using carbon monoxide.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
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7/29/2016  7 comments
For decades there have been rumors that Microsoft essentially copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS. In just a few days, all will be revealed.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
Blog 
7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
Blog 
7/28/2016  5 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Fabrication Simplified for Medical Microrobots
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
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7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
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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.
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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.
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