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Gull Wings Can Power Buildings
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8/22/2014  3 comments
Festo is developing small wind turbines for generating power to buildings. The model for the mini wind devices is the seagull wing.
Slideshow: Jewelry Harvests Energy in the Blink of an Eye
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8/20/2014  25 comments
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada
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8/19/2014  17 comments
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
The ‘Holy Grail’ for Lithium-Based Batteries
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8/19/2014  6 comments
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Who Should Be the Next Rising Engineering Star?
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8/18/2014  12 comments
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Big Stars Become Robots in the 2000s
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8/14/2014  11 comments
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Enter Now for the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards
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8/14/2014  2 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 -- Unleashed
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8/13/2014  2 comments
Oculus VR, which took the world by surprise last year with the Oculus Rift, seeks to push the self-created envelope with the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2.
Rocket Scientist Designs Cookware Based on Jet Engines
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8/13/2014  18 comments
An Oxford rocket scientist has designed award-winning cookware that reduces the amount of heat needed by 40%.
Using Python to Program the Raspberry Pi
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8/12/2014  2 comments
The Continuing Education Center course looks at embedded programming with the Raspberry Pi using Python.
Top 16 Robots in Late-90s Film & TV
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8/11/2014  20 comments
Late-90s robots in film and TV included a wide range of mechanical and android-like creatures.
System Stores Energy for the Grid – Using Gravel
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8/8/2014  39 comments
British scientists have found a way to use gravel to store collected energy from renewable sources reliably and efficiently.
'Lab on a Chip' Provides Unprecedented Early Diagnosis of Disease
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8/8/2014  25 comments
A new technology presents a major breakthrough in preventative medicine by providing the ability to diagnose infectious or inherited diseases long before they’ve historically been identified.
Teardown: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
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8/7/2014  8 comments
We're tearing down the brand-new Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller, lighter, and less powerful version of the S5. Call it Samsung's flagboat smartphone.
Plant Security: From Assets to iPhones
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8/6/2014  4 comments
Plants are moving their cyber security to the C-level as threats become more numerous.
Can Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal Ones?
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8/6/2014  7 comments
Plastic bearings are replacing metal in some pretty tough jobs. Sometimes they're equally effective and reliable, and sometimes they actually outperform those parts. We'll tell you all about how this is possible in an upcoming Design News Focus on Fundamentals course.
Video: Baseball ‘Fanbots’ Lead Cheers, Boost Morale
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8/5/2014  19 comments
This Korean baseball team has responded to its losing streak by packing a section of its stadium’s stands with interactive robots dubbed “Fanbots” to give the team and its fans a much-needed boost.
Flexible Supercapacitor Can Be Woven Into Clothing
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8/5/2014  10 comments
This flexible supercapacitor can power everything from wearable medical monitors to communications equipment without bulky battery packs.
Video: Robot-Driven Video Screens Bring Entertainment to Sea
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8/4/2014  6 comments
ABB Robotics is taking the advances in plant automation into the on-board world of cruise entertainment.
Light-Equipped Drone Is Your Personal Lighting Crew
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8/4/2014  5 comments
Litrobot drones are able to illuminate a dynamic subject to capture interesting pictures every time.
Fly Used as Model for Battery-Free, Intelligent Hearing Aid
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8/4/2014  16 comments
A new low-power microphone device inspired by the hearing of a fly could pave the way for a new generation of intelligent and battery-free hearing aids that focus only on what a listener wants to hear.
Great Film & TV Robots of the Early 1990s
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7/31/2014  8 comments
Take a look through these film and TV robots from 1990 through 1994.
Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi
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7/31/2014  21 comments
The Soofa is an urban smart bench that provides mobile device charging as well as collects environmental information via wireless sensors.
Video: MIT Keeps You Warm While You Walk
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7/30/2014  10 comments
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
Why Use Linux for Device Drivers?
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7/30/2014  2 comments
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Early Concepting: The Design Before the Design
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7/29/2014  15 comments
The new draw-it-on-a-napkin is the CAD program. As CAD programs become more ubiquitous and easier to use, they have replaced 2D sketching for early concepting.
Work Out While You Work
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7/29/2014  42 comments
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
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7/28/2014  4 comments
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
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7/25/2014  30 comments
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Video: Thin Polymer Material Defeats Deafening Noise
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7/23/2014  20 comments
A soundproofing invention called Acoustiblok recently won a television challenge to silence an air horn with only a fraction of an inch of polymer material.
16 Robot Stars From the 1970s
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7/22/2014  25 comments
Robots came into their own in the 1970s. Gone were the low-budget black-and-white B movies. Now robots roamed in full-color feature films with A-list actors.
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
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7/21/2014  29 comments
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Great Film & TV Robots From the 50s & 60s
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7/17/2014  45 comments
Here’s a look at robots depicted in movies and on TV during the 1950s and 1960s. We tried to collect the classics here, omitting the scores of forgettable B movies such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Stay tuned for slideshows of robot stars from later decades.
3D Printing Method Used to Create Human Cartilage
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7/16/2014  16 comments
A scientist at the University of Pittsburgh has achieved a breakthrough in the quest to create artificial cartilage with human cells for treatment of degenerative joint disease.
Smartwatch Wars: LG G Watch
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7/15/2014  7 comments
The LG G Watch is a smartwatch that was released by LG on June 25. It runs the Android-based Android Wear OS. See how it compares to Samsung's Gear Live, released the same day.
Researchers Develop Quick-Charging Li Battery Architecture
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7/15/2014  8 comments
Researchers worldwide are working to minimize the time it takes to recharge a Li battery. The latest research coming out of the University of California could cut the time it takes to recharge to 10 minutes.
Smartwatch Wars: Samsung Gear Live
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7/14/2014  8 comments
The Samsung Gear Live is an Android Wear-based smartwatch announced and released by Samsung and Google on June 25, 2014. Join us today as we take a look inside. Then, come back tomorrow as we tear open the LG G Watch to see how it compares.
AirDog Drone Provides the Ultimate Selfie
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7/11/2014  6 comments
AirDog is a small, foldable quadcopter that follows users everywhere they go and records their every move with the GoPro camera. The drone was intended for persons who already use the GoPro camera but want footage of themselves in action -- ideal for extreme sport enthusiasts or filmmakers.
Servo Technology Makes for Flexible, Efficient Plants
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7/11/2014  Post a comment
AC servo technology has completely revamped plants with motion systems that are flexible, require less maintenance, and consume less energy.
Smart Bracelet Keeps Tabs on Your Cell
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7/10/2014  13 comments
Early wearable technology has come in the form of clothing, such as shirts with sensors for monitoring sleep or exercise levels. But jewelry-inspired technology is starting to emerge as the next innovation in smart wearables.
A*STAR Develops Self-Powered Photodetector for Wireless Sensing
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7/10/2014  5 comments
Researchers from A*STAR have developed a new type of photodetector that overcomes the limitations of power requirements by having the device supply its own power.
Teardown: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Revealed
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7/9/2014  7 comments
Microsoft released the third generation of its Surface Pro tablet, and the team at iFixit immediately took it apart.
AP Employs Robot Journalists
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7/9/2014  17 comments
The Associated Press is the latest news agency to begin using robotic automation -- Automated Insights' Wordsmith -- to write news stories; specifically, financial stories about companies’ quarterly earnings.
DARPA Brings Mobile Hotspots to Soldiers
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7/9/2014  5 comments
In an effort to bring a mobile hotspot to soldiers serving in remote locations, DARPA is looking to outfit UAVs with a "millimeter-wave communications backhaul network" capable of providing 1 Gbps.
Video: Power Line Perching UAV Doubles Down on Drone Delivery
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7/8/2014  21 comments
Last December Amazon.com unveiled a plan for a delivery system of drones that can deliver packages to people living within 10 miles of a distribution center. One of the reasons for that mileage limit is that the unmanned aerial vehicles the company plans to use only have enough battery life to cover that distance without recharging. MIT is out to change that.
iPod Touch 5th Gen: The Guts & the Glory
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7/7/2014  11 comments
Apple has quietly introduced an updated version of the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB. Join us as we explore the newest addition to the iPod Touch family. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB 2014 teardown.
Video: 3D Print Your Home With Cement
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7/7/2014  10 comments
Andrey Rudenko of Minnesota has a 3D printer that uses cement, which could lead to a future full of 3D-printed structures.
10 Engineering-Friendly Foods
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7/3/2014  38 comments
Normally it’s chefs who find inspiration in food. But a number of clever engineers and inventors are doing the same these days, developing new materials, biofuels, ways to harvest energy, and other inventions by using common foods and food waste to create the foundation or impetus for their designs.
Actions Quietly Comes in With 64-bit ARM SoC
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7/3/2014  3 comments
With a newly printed license from ARM for its 64-bit Cortex A50 processor line, Actions will have a SoC available by the end of the year, as part of its new ATM900x family.
Teardown: Get to Know the OnePlus One
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7/2/2014  8 comments
Industry newcomer OnePlus aims to adjust everything you know about smartphones, and possibly arithmetic, with the OnePlus One.
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