NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 9/30/2013 8 comments NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Buying IP Is Not for the Faint of Heart
Guest Blogs 9/30/2013 9 comments Microsoft has agreed to purchase Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion. Two years ago, Google purchased Motorola's handset business for nearly twice that much, so it seems like Microsoft got a steal of a deal. Or did it?
Create 'Machines That See' Using Industry Resources
Guest Blogs 9/27/2013 2 comments This article explores the opportunity for incorporating visual intelligence into electronic products, introduces an industry alliance created to help engineers implement such capabilities, and describes an upcoming technical education forum sponsored by the alliance, along with other technical resources that the alliance provides.
Artificial Retina Is Solar Powered
Blog 9/26/2013 32 comments A New Jersey company has been granted a patent to design the first solar-powered artificial retina, an invention that would preclude the current need for external hardware and give a patient the possibility of near-normal vision.
Siemens Helps Student Engineers Race in the Outback
Guest Blogs 9/25/2013 6 comments Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan has built an electric vehicle, and are currently preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students will be blogging for Design News throughout the race.
Slideshow: EVs & Plug-Ins for 2014
Captain Hybrid 9/24/2013 9 comments These days, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the introductions of electrified vehicles without a running scorecard. In 2014, we’re already expecting to see them being rolled out by BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and others.
Engineers Eye the Prize in Solar Car Road Challenge
STEM Connection 9/23/2013 6 comments Next month, a team of cars will travel 3,000 km in searing desert heat across Australia as part of a global road challenge. This contest is a bit different -- instead of using the usual combustible engines, all the cars in this challenge are solar-powered.
Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows
Captain Hybrid 9/20/2013 40 comments If you've been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
STEM Connection 9/20/2013 21 comments It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
Wearable Devices Help Parents ‘Guard’ Children
Blog 9/19/2013 35 comments Inspired by personal experience, a Taiwanese entrepreneur has come up with wearable devices that can help parents locate their kids if they wander off, and aid in the location of children before they go missing permanently.
Reader Vote Round 2: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 9/16/2013 28 comments Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers. You voted for our first crop of candidates. Now we present the second group of four for your consideration.
ESD Affects People, Too
Guest Blogs 9/13/2013 12 comments Electro-Static Discharge, while not necessarily permanently harmful to people, is still a pain. When possible, a machine design should handle ESD to prevent discharge through people or other equipment.
Slideshow: Safety Ratings for EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 9/4/2013 10 comments When Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given its Model S sedan received across-the-board five-star ratings, it showed some fundamental design differences between EVs and gas-burning cars.
STEM 101: Give Students Access to 21st Century Tools
STEM Connection 9/4/2013 25 comments By freshman year of high school, more than 57 percent of students lose interest in pursuing STEM-related careers, and a recent report prepared by the White House indicates a lack of preparation and inspiration as key reasons why students lose interest in STEM.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. 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 user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
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