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12 Weird Technology Acquisitions
Blog 
10/2/2014  1 comment
Check out these strange technology acquisitions. Many of these mergers became burdens the companies couldn't bear.
Flexible Solar Cell Can Be Woven Into Energy-Harvesting Fabric
Blog 
10/2/2014  1 comment
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy
Blog 
10/1/2014  4 comments
Researchers in Canada have developed a chin strap that harvests energy from chewing and can potentially power a digital earplug that can provide both protection and communication capabilities.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
Kitchen Timer Buckles Under Pressure
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2014  2 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
STEM Connection 
9/30/2014  1 comment
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Video: Interactive, Arcade-Style Sandbox
Blog 
9/29/2014  16 comments
Sega is releasing a new futuristic sandbox that uses height sensors and projection mapped projectors to cast pictures that correspond to what you're making.
Malfunctioning Fridge Causes Meltdown
Sherlock Ohms 
9/29/2014  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.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  20 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
Battery-Free Power in Ant-Sized Chip
Pamela Moore 
9/29/2014  8 comments
Here's a battery-free chip the size of ant. It gathers power from electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna, allowing it to power itself as it operates.
4 Steps For Improving Your Design Engineering Career
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  10 comments
Designers increasingly need to have a seat at the management table, says Steve Vassallo, general partner at VC investing company Foundation Capital. Here's how to get yours.
Are Samsungs' LEDs Better?
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  8 comments
Seoul Semiconductor has been touting an AC LED for many years, yet few other manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon. That is, until recently: Samsung has announced its own AC LED.
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student Design Contest
STEM Connection 
9/26/2014  12 comments
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
What Made the Mustang Burn Oil?
Sherlock Ohms 
9/26/2014  15 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.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2014  16 comments
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
9/25/2014  45 comments
Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said at The Battery Show in Detroit last week.
Teaching Electrical Engineering Concepts With Squishy Circuits
STEM Connection 
9/25/2014  17 comments
Is it possible to teach electrical engineering concepts to 5 year olds? AnnMarie Thomas, an engineering professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, thinks so.
Fairchild Pivots to Quicken Customers’ Time to Market
Blog 
9/25/2014  1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor recently rebranded itself to focus the company’s resources on the development of power products and services designed to help design engineers shorten the time-to-market for mobile devices and wearable technologies, among other products.
Teardown: Apple's iPhone 6
Blog 
9/24/2014  23 comments
Released on September 19, 2014, this 4.7-inch screen iPhone is the smaller version of the iPhone 6 Plus.
3D-Printed Filament Is Wood-Reinforced Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
9/24/2014  5 comments
More bioplastic materials have entered the 3D-printable filament fray. These PLA formulations reinforced with wood or bamboo fibers will debut at the October Composites Europe show in Germany.
A $20K Unserviceable TV Graphics Machine
Made by Monkeys 
9/24/2014  12 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
iPhone 6 Plus Teardown
Blog 
9/23/2014  31 comments
Released on September 19, 2014, this 5.5 inch screen iPhone is the larger version of the iPhone 6, whose teardown follows tomorrow.
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About SoC FPGAs But Were Afraid to Ask
Electronic News & Comment 
9/23/2014  2 comments
A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
STEM Connection 
9/23/2014  16 comments
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
16 Great Engineering Schools You Never Hear About
Electronic News & Comment 
9/22/2014  12 comments
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
More Video Hum Bar Problems
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2014  4 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.
Cigarette Butts Recycled Into Powerful Energy-Storage Material
Blog 
9/22/2014  14 comments
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
15 Great Hacker Movies
Blog 
9/19/2014  25 comments
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
An Engineer's Understanding of 'Feature-Advantage-Benefit'
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2014  9 comments
Feature-advantage-benefit could help engineers in how we approach design problems, how we sell our ideas to management, and how we market ourselves when it comes to jobs.
Automotive Subsystems & Network-on-Chip Technology
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2014  2 comments
Many diverse markets take advantage of semiconductor IP; so many that no one can recite the entire list without leaving off several. So why do we track all the vertical markets? They all have a unique set of requirements and value attributes differently. One major vertical market segment is automotive.
Stratasys Reveals Latest Multi-Materials 3D Printers
Engineering Materials 
9/18/2014  2 comments
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
DARPA Hopes to Heal Soldiers' Bodies & Minds With Brain Microchip
Blog 
9/18/2014  12 comments
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
Class Provides Introduction to MCU Software Development
Electronic News & Comment 
9/18/2014  10 comments
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide."
Video: BMW's i3 Electric Car Fuels Up With a Home Depot Generator
Guest Blogs 
9/17/2014  41 comments
Watch BMW's newest electric car, the i3, being charged with an everyday Home Depot-rented, gas-powered generator.
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
Blog 
9/17/2014  1 comment
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
Washing Machine Refuses to Clean Clothes
Made by Monkeys 
9/17/2014  18 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
What it Takes to Get Capital
Blog 
9/17/2014  6 comments
Venture capital guru Steve Vassallo looks for companies that think about design, not just technology for technology's sake.
Engineers Make Great Comedians
Blog 
9/16/2014  10 comments
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
IBM's SyNAPSE Chip Mimics the Human Brain
Blog 
9/16/2014  1 comment
IBM's new SyNAPSE chip makes it possible for computers to both memorize and compute simultaneously.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
Blog 
9/15/2014  14 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
Bad Bug Spray Baffles Engineer
Sherlock Ohms 
9/15/2014  2 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.
Report: World Solar Demand Will Grow 75%
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2014  35 comments
The demand for solar energy around the world will grow a total of 75% by 2019, according to a new report by Lux Research. Trade disputes and policy changes, though, will complicate the picture.
How to Harpoon a Comet
Guest Blogs 
9/12/2014  9 comments
In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
Motorola's Moto 360 Is Round, But Is It Repairable?
Blog 
9/11/2014  17 comments
Hello, Moto. Join the iFixit team as it takes apart the world's first circular smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360.
Apple iPhone 6 Release Highlights Importance of Supply Chain Management
Blog 
9/11/2014  5 comments
By implementing efficient and thorough quality-management processes, companies can help prevent or mitigate the effects of the supply-chain issues that reportedly plagued the Apple iPhone 6 before its release this week.
Onshoring Continues to Gain Ground
Blog 
9/11/2014  7 comments
A recent IPC report shows that onshoring is becoming a reality for major global manufacturers.
Commonly Found Mistakes in Power Distribution Systems
Guest Blogs 
9/10/2014  4 comments
Mistakes in power distributions are not all that common, but they do exist. We look at some of these mistakes and disaster scenarios with the intention being to inform readers to be wary of repeating such mistakes when designing their power distribution system.
All-Electric 'Buckeye Bullet' Shoots for 400 MPH
Captain Hybrid 
9/10/2014  13 comments
An engineering team from Ohio State University has set its sights on the unimaginable -- driving 400 mph in an electric vehicle.
Robot Printer Comes to You
Blog 
9/10/2014  15 comments
Have you ever accidentally abandoned a document on the office printer simply because you didn't feel like getting up to retrieve it right away? Well, fellow American, now your printer can come to you. Meet the Fuji Xerox.
Knowles Commits $100K to Support Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/10/2014  12 comments
Knowles Corp. will commit $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Engineering to support women in engineering.
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