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AirDog Drone Provides the Ultimate Selfie
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7/11/2014  Post a comment
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  6 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  4 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  12 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 companiesí quarterly earnings.
DARPA Brings Mobile Hotspots to Soldiers
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7/9/2014  4 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  15 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  9 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  8 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  25 comments
Normally itís 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.
Advantages of the ARM Cortex-M4 Processor
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7/2/2014  3 comments
Here are of the advantages of using the ARM Cortex-M4 processor for motor control, automotive, power management, embedded audio, and industrial automation.
Video: CityHome Transforms Your Studio Apartment
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7/1/2014  9 comments
MIT Media Lab's Changing Places group has developed a piece of smart furniture that serves as every piece of furniture you need. Meet CityHome.
Solar A/C Wins Support From EPA
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7/1/2014  10 comments
Mechanical engineering students and faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have won two grants from the EPA -- $15,000 last year and $89,996 this year -- to work on a 300W solar cooling prototype that captures the sunís heat with a parabolic mirrored trough and a line-focus high-temperature concentrating collector.
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
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6/30/2014  33 comments
Hereís a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Storage Technique Brings Plastic Computers 1 Step Closer
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6/30/2014  11 comments
Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a way to convert digital signals into optical ones with low energy cost.
Slideshow: Tokyo Museum Features Eerily Human Robot Guides
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6/27/2014  63 comments
The Japanese have long been early adopters of robots and are generally more comfortable with human-robot interaction than people in many other countries, including the US.
10 Views of Big Data
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6/25/2014  16 comments
Big data will change they way we design things, the way we do business, and the way we live.
Manufacturing Is Coming Back. Well, Mostly
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6/24/2014  14 comments
This year, Motorola Mobility will close the factory that it opened last year in Fort Worth, Texas, to build smartphones. It's an old argument, but there's something to be said for having your manufacturing facility not too far from the rest of your company, specifically the design and quality assurance teams, and having your manufacturing facility not too far from your customers.
Bearacade Aimed at Securing Classrooms
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6/23/2014  27 comments
An Ohio startup, National School Control Systems, has invented a device that can barricade a door quickly from the inside to prevent a gunman from entering.
Industry 4.0 May End Outsourcing
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6/20/2014  6 comments
Industry 4.0 promises a wide range of improvements in manufacturing that could outweigh the advantages of outsourcing.
Views of a Wearable Future
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6/19/2014  10 comments
Intel plans a hard push toward wearable tech and Samsung is already on the campaign.
Self-Aware Control Systems
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6/19/2014  2 comments
With broad support from automation vendors and an emphasis on software tools that can easily be implemented in machine control projects, the beginnings of self-aware control systems are within reach.
Servo Integrates a Position Feedback Sensor
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6/19/2014  1 comment
QuickSilver Controls' Mosolver is a servo motion actuator that infuses a position feedback sensor into the structure of a high pole count AC motor. This combination eliminates the need for an encoder and resolvers and results in robust closed-loop motion control.
10 Ways Your Home Is Smarter Than You
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6/18/2014  22 comments
The promise of the smart home is slowly becoming a reality, with the technology and services available to digitally enhance your house to perform a number of tasks automatically that people have traditionally done themselves.
The IIoT: Itís Everywhere
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6/18/2014  8 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming an important factor in the growing efficiency and optimization of plants.
QuickLogic Gestures Positively Toward Wearables
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6/16/2014  2 comments
Wearable technology is making an impact in people's lives, and that phenomenon will continue, likely in a bigger way than we currently realize.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Car Design Challenge
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6/13/2014  3 comments
Selected from more than 200 submitted concepts, the winning design will inspire the full-size Local Motors prototype vehicle that will be printed at IMTS, in Chicago, in September.
WeDidIt Brings Gaming to the Disabled
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6/13/2014  2 comments
The AbleGamers Foundation, which seeks to make video gaming accessible to disabled persons who struggle with using traditional controllers and games, recently launched the WeDidIt campaign. The organization seeks to raise $200,000 by April 2015.
10 Uses for Drones That Could Change Your Opinion of Them
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6/12/2014  50 comments
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are still largely tied in public image to their use to deliver deadly missiles during military engagements. This has tarnished their reputation for many people, but that is currently changing as drones move beyond their military use and more and more into the commercial sector.
For XP Users, Thereís Still a Safe Way Out
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6/11/2014  15 comments
Plants still running XP can get a cyber-security blanket to put around the plant while conducting an upgrade to a newer OS.
Video: Intel Joins Robotic Revolution
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6/11/2014  3 comments
Chip maker and tech giant Intel is the latest company to jump on board with plans in the next few months to sell a design-your-own robot kit that will allow people to develop an interactive, humanoid robot.
Thin-Film Device Eyed as Power Source for Wearable Tech
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6/10/2014  8 comments
With wearable electronics becoming a trend, researchers are exploring a number of new ways to provide small and flexible power sources to accommodate them. Rice University has approached the problem by using nickel-based electrodes to develop a flexible supercapacitor that acts much like a battery without the need for lithium.
15 Famous Film Factories
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6/9/2014  27 comments
Take our tour of 15 factories and plants, and see how they have been depicted in the movies and on TV over the years.
Giant Flow Battery Connects Solar to the Grid
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6/9/2014  16 comments
A number of companies and researchers are working on storing energy from renewable sources so it can be reused on a grand scale and connected to the traditional power grid. EnerVault is the latest company to develop a viable solution.
Smart Tires Alert Drivers of Dangerous Wear
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6/9/2014  16 comments
Continental is poised to roll into the market with smart tires that use sensors to deduce rotation characteristics, pressure, and tread wear.
Video: Bake-Your-Own Robots
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6/5/2014  11 comments
Researchers out of MIT have come up with a way to create robots that self-assemble when heated.
Smart Glasses Track Baseball Fans' Interest in Ads
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6/4/2014  11 comments
Technology-enhanced glasses that track peopleís eye movements are helping the Cleveland Indians determine fansí interest in signs at Progressive Field. The ball club teamed with Tobii Technology, whose glasses use infrared light to track exactly where a person is laying their gaze.
Device Detects Hot Dogs
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6/3/2014  8 comments
Japanese firm Petline has created a way to monitor dog health in the heat of summer.
Quick-Learn on Arduino Basics
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6/3/2014  7 comments
Here's a five-part class on Arduino basics from the Design News Digi-Key Continuing Education Center.
15 Artistic Views of the Factory
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5/30/2014  36 comments
Here are 15 artistic views of the factory, from the romantic murals of the 1930s to the dark visions from today's video games.
Eye-Testing Device May Be Key to Early Alzheimer's Detection
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5/29/2014  22 comments
A Massachusetts-based startup called Cognoptix has created a machine that uses a novel way -- through abnormalities in the eye -- to detect Alzheimer's disease earlier in its progression and more accurately.
Structural Techniques Promise Better Ultracapacitors
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5/29/2014  6 comments
George Washington University's Micro-Propulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory have created high-performance ultracapacitors using a combination of nanotubes and graphene.
Fog-Harvesting Mesh Provides Clean Drinking Water
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5/28/2014  22 comments
MIT researchers developed a process through which people ďharvestĒ portable water by collecting water droplets from fog. MITís spin on traditional methods is expected to increase efficiency 500 times over, bringing clean, drinkable water to the arid regions that need it most.
Simple Question: Whatís a System?
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5/28/2014  12 comments
We posed the question to 10 experts and got 10 different answers. What's your definition?
Inventor Powers Implantable Medical Devices Wirelessly
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5/27/2014  21 comments
With medical devices that can be implanted inside the body becoming smaller and more sophisticated, researchers are trying to solve the problem of how to provide power to them without the weight or bulk of a typical battery. A researcher at Stanford University has come up with a novel way to send power to these devices wirelessly by using a new way to transmit electromagnetic waves.
A Few Minutes With Bosch Rexroth CEO Dr. Karl Tragl
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5/23/2014  1 comment
Design News brand director Rich Nass recently sat down with Bosch Rexroth CEO and chairman Dr. Karl Tragl for a discussion about the IIoT.
10 IIoT Milestones for 2014
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5/22/2014  4 comments
2014 has seen a flurry of activity in the development of the Industrial Internet of Things. Here are the top 10 developments.
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