Content posted in August 2012
V2V Technology Gets Its First Big Test
8/27/2012  14 comments
The US Department of Transportation launched the first big test of V2V and V2I technologies last week, equipping nearly 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses in Michigan with modules that might one day prevent up to 80 percent of the crashes on American roadways.
LEDs Need Circuit Protection, Too
8/20/2012  6 comments
Designers of LED-based systems may be glossing over one of the most important components, leaving their products susceptible to catastrophic failures, a circuit protection manufacturer said recently.
Robot Provides Virtual Medical Care
8/17/2012  13 comments
iRobot and InTouch Health have joined forces to create a state-of-the-art device called RP-VITA, which is making it easier for doctors to visit hospitalized patients' bedsides even if they can't get there in person.
NASA Helps Professionals Keep Their Cool
8/16/2012  29 comments
A new line of business dress shirts called Apollo uses a combination of textiles -- including a material designed for NASA spacesuits -- to keep people cool even when it's hot outside.
Ingestible Sensor Serves as Prescription Drug Monitor
8/14/2012  29 comments
The FDA has approved an ingestible sensor that can be integrated into tablets to track when people take their medicine.
Video: Humanoid Robot Used to Treat Autism
8/13/2012  18 comments
Zeno will help children with autism develop more appropriate emotional responses to everyday social interactions.
Blurring the Lines of Control
8/13/2012  8 comments
Robot servo motion is increasingly being directly controlled using standard line controllers integrating advanced kinematics, networking, and operator interface support.
Robot Will Harvest Your Crops
8/10/2012  13 comments
A multinational engineering project aims to create an intelligent robotics platform that can identify and harvest specific types of crops to help foster sustainable agriculture.
Reshapeable Plastic Remembers Original Form
8/9/2012  5 comments
A new shape-memory plastic makes QR code labels look like Salvador Dali's famous floppy watch and could prove useful in product and brand protection.
Carbon Nanotubes Reinforce Adhesive
8/7/2012  4 comments
Carbon nanotubes reinforce a high-strength epoxy adhesive for structural components.
Update: Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars
8/6/2012  14 comments
Curiosity carries 10 science instruments. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, including a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.
TI Chip Helps Calculate Human Body Composition
8/6/2012  11 comments
Engineers have devised a way to transform the home bathroom scale into an advanced body composition system worthy of a health club or doctor's office.
Robots Speed Complex Composite Fiber Placement
8/6/2012  5 comments
GKN Aerospace becomes the first to use the UK's new automated fiber placement machines that will help speed production of complex composite aircraft structures like wings.
PLA Blends Perform Like Engineering Thermoplastics
8/2/2012  3 comments
New polylactic acid alloys provide up to 40 percent bio-based content, but their strength and stiffness rival standard engineering thermoplastics.
2012 Brings Increased Salaries & Job Satisfaction
8/1/2012  32 comments
Our annual salary survey shows earnings are up and gives insight to the factors that impact an engineering career.
More Than Cars Drive Powder Metals
8/1/2012  17 comments
A wide range of materials and processes are helping engineers in many industries design near-net-shape components faster and with less material waste.

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