Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
News 6/25/2015 7 comments At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
Update: More About Algae, Pollution & Biofuel
News 6/12/2015 Post a comment A team at Rice University has found that some algae strains can remove more than half of the nutrient pollution from municipal wastewater streams. Using those nutrients to grow algae could clean the water while growing more sustainable and perhaps less costly biofuel.
3D Systems Going Mainstream in Heathcare
News 6/12/2015 Post a comment 3D printing’s move to the medical industry is accelerating rapidly, due largely to its ability to offer solutions to patients who seek a more customized form of healthcare, an expert told engineers at this week’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East show.
Material Inspired by Moth Eyes Boosts Solar-Cell Efficiency
News 6/3/2015 Post a comment New glass coating, the design of which was inspired by two disparate examples in nature -- a moth’s eye and lotus leaf -- could mean significant improvements for solar panels, lenses, military equipment, windows, and other products in the future, thanks to the Department of Energy.
Updated Bar Steel Fatigue Database Has 134 Iterations
News 5/29/2015 Post a comment The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
Researchers Take Algae From Pollution to Biofuel
News 5/4/2015 17 comments What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Tesla Targets Home Energy Storage
News 5/1/2015 14 comments Tesla Motors Inc. took another big step into the battery market last night, officially unveiling a strategy that would enable it to sell batteries into home and grid storage applications.
Learn How to Add Energy Harvesting to Your IoT Apps
News 4/24/2015 1 comment If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
Smart Home Sensor Can Save Your Life
News 4/9/2015 Post a comment A new crop of smart home devices on the way will smell the air to make sure it is healthy. The gas sensors are getting built into thermostats, baby monitors, digital night lights, and security cameras.
2014 Salary and Opinion Study
News 3/25/2015 Post a comment Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.
Scientists in Hot Pursuit of Super-Fast Material
News 3/17/2015 2 comments Scientists trying to fulfill the 80-year-old dream of Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner, recently discovered how to place crystalline lattices of pure electrons in the bottom of a silicon-encased quantum well. The resulting material promises electron mobility more than 200 times greater than that of graphene and more than 1,700 times that of crystalline silicon.
IoT Terrain Is Still Shifting
News 3/16/2015 Post a comment The landscape of the Internet of Things has become complex and will only get more complicated. Competing platforms are still evolving and pathways to interoperability between them need to be built, according to insiders familiar with the terrain
What Role Will 8-Bit MCUs Play in the IoT?
News 2/25/2015 3 comments Eight-bit MCUs aren’t nearly dead yet. Silicon Labs just announced at Embedded World a new series of eight-bit MCUs that target a range of cost-, power- and space-sensitive applications in the Internet of Things (IoT).
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
News 2/20/2015 2 comments The Federal Aviation Administration has released proposed rules for small drones for commercial use, making the first move -- at long last -- to start integrating these pilotless, untethered flying machines into American airspace.
Manufacturing Up Modestly as Industrial Production Rebounds in January
News 2/19/2015 2 comments US manufacturing output increased slightly in January, contributing to a 0.2% uptick in the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The preliminary January industrial production figure represented a modest rebound from a negative December that the Federal Reserve downwardly revised to a 0.3% contraction from an earlier 0.1% estimate.
Feds Launch Composites Innovation Center
News 1/26/2015 3 comments 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.
Video: Reconfigurable Robot Walks on Snake Legs
News 1/19/2015 4 comments Carnegie Mellon University's modular snake robot can be reconfigured to meet users' needs. Not only will this modular system enable completely new robot designs, say its inventors, it will also help speed up the pace of development and enable more flexible traditional industrial robots.
Manufacturing Expansion Slows Down, Industrial Production Dips in December, Says Fed
News 1/16/2015 2 comments US manufacturing output rose 0.3% in December, but warm weather that blanketed the entire country reduced heating demand, significantly dragging down utilities output and the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The 0.1% decline in December was the first contraction in the nation’s total industrial output since August, the Federal Reserve announced Friday.
Lightweight Metals Research and Innovation Center Opens Today
News 1/15/2015 5 comments A lightweight metals research consortium formed last year as part of President Barack Obama’s national manufacturing innovation initiatives will open its research facility in Detroit today, marking the official start of a federally supported effort to commercialize new, advanced manufacturing technology in the automotive, military, and aerospace industries.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
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