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Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
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4/18/2014  Post a comment
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
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4/18/2014  Post a comment
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
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4/17/2014  10 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
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4/17/2014  1 comment
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
Printrbot Unveils All-Metal 3D Printer
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4/17/2014  Post a comment
Printrbot unveils its all-metal Printrbot Simple, bringing durability to low-cost 3D printers.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
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4/16/2014  20 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Product Design as a Team Sport
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4/16/2014  11 comments
Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
Teardown: Dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S5
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4/15/2014  14 comments
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
The Rise of Industrial Machines
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4/15/2014  14 comments
Worldwide economic expansion is spurring growth in industrial machinery sales to 5% or 6% per year through 2018.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
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4/15/2014  2 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Internal Combustion Microengine Has a Twist
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4/15/2014  5 comments
Vitaly Svetovoy, of the University of Twente in The Netherlands, and his team, has created the world’s smallest internal combustion microengine.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Teardown
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4/11/2014  2 comments
Samsung's second-generation smartwatch -- the Gear 2 -- was released this month and is powered by a Tizen-based OS. Join us as we take it apart.
Yarn-Weaving Printer Creates Custom Clothes
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4/11/2014  3 comments
Will a new open-source DIY knitting machine from OpenKnit change the way we make clothes?
Slideshow: Hot Products from IFPE
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4/10/2014  Post a comment
Here are the hot products in fluid power showcased at the IFPE show in Las Vegas last month.
Students Design Space Habitats, Tech for NASA
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4/9/2014  4 comments
NASA is once again calling upon college students to help the space agency design solutions for future space habitats and exploration systems through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
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4/8/2014  9 comments
Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Robots Aid in Search of Missing Malaysian Jet
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4/8/2014  18 comments
An underwater robot dispatched by Bluefin Robotics is on deck, ready to aid in the intensive search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing in March.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
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4/7/2014  75 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
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4/7/2014  2 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
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4/4/2014  1 comment
Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
IoT Comes Down to the Sensors
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4/3/2014  2 comments
Design News is holding a class next week in its online Continuing Education Center that goes through the basics of various types of sensors.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Digital Assistant 'Cortana'
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4/3/2014  1 comment
Halo fan favorite character, Cortana, is poised to be Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.
Product Design in the Cloud: Buying PLM by the Drink
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4/2/2014  2 comments
Cloud-based PLM is catching on as customers seek fast-to-market design and collaboration.
Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech
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4/2/2014  2 comments
The increasing interest and development of wearable electronics also is calling for new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.
Slideshow: What I Learned in Engineering School
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4/1/2014  50 comments
Here's a list of counterintuitive engineering principles that are taught in engineering school.
Teardown: Inside the HTC One (M8)
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3/31/2014  12 comments
The second generation HTC One, dubbed the HTC One (M8), features a dual flash and the new Sense 6 UI.
Helium-Filled Wind Turbine Harvests High-Altitude Energy
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3/31/2014  29 comments
Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 at MIT with the goal to offer the first commercial turbine capable of harnessing high-altitude wind at a low cost.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
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3/28/2014  23 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
Basing Business on Future Technology
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3/27/2014  18 comments
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies analyzes major megatrends across 32 market segments to determine what products to develop.
Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space
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3/26/2014  31 comments
Paul Jaffe, from the US Naval Research Laboratory, has built modules of satellites outfitted with solar panels and antennas to beam solar power from space.
My Opinion on the IoT: It Isn't Just for Consumers
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3/26/2014  2 comments
Having a sensor sitting at every node of your operation might seem like information overload, but it’s actually not.
Training Is Biggest Obstacle for Industrial Engineers
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3/25/2014  25 comments
Industrial engineers want a continuous flow of training. The 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey by Seminars for Engineers finds lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success.
Slideshow: It’s a Simulated World
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3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
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3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Nypro Healthcare Improves Rapid 3D Prototyping for Medical Device Makers
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3/24/2014  4 comments
Nypro Healthcare is offering two new services for medical device makers to ensure they create quality and accurate 3D prototypes before going into volume manufacturing.
Picking the Right Processor Is Crucial
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3/21/2014  30 comments
We’ve put together a series of classes in our Continuing Education Center that looks at the PIC family of microcontrollers. The lecture series is named Pick (and Implement) the Right PIC MCU.
Wausau Coated & Rockwell Build Speedy Flexible Coating Machines
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3/21/2014  3 comments
Specialty converter Wausau Coated Products wanted to create an automation machine and bring it online faster and less expensively than the conventional specify-and-purchase route. They called on Rockwell Automation for help.
Video: Is the MX3D-Metal the Future of 3D Printing?
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3/20/2014  11 comments
Unlike many of the 3D printers available, the MX3D printers can work around a part rather than building it straight up. Using such techniques, the printer can print objects on surfaces with angles and slopes or even directly onto walls. In addition, it can print curves and shapes with much more precision and accuracy.
Video: Virtual Reality Makes Human-Robot Interaction Safer
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3/20/2014  19 comments
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are trying to bridge the distance between humans and industrial robots, not in the real world, but in the virtual one. They have created a way to make these types of interactions safer through a virtual reality environment that enables humans to work closely with robots without being near them.
3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
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3/19/2014  22 comments
A research team in the lab of Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a prototype for a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable membrane that can give doctors feedback about irregularities occurring inside someone's heart.
Americans See Engineers as Society’s Chief Innovators
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3/18/2014  13 comments
A survey by TE Connectivity finds that 87 percent of Americans point to engineers as the force behind innovations and invention.
Slideshow: View Automation's History, From George Washington to Robots Everywhere
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3/17/2014  10 comments
The history of automation begins in 1790 and roars through the 20th Century with stunning advances. One of the highlights was the Ford River Rouge Plant -- iron ore went into one end of the plant and a finished Model T came out the other end.
Soft Robotic Heart Valves Mimic Real Movements of Human Heart
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3/17/2014  4 comments
Researchers at Harvard University have designed a soft robotic cardiac simulator that can move with a 3D motion similar to how an actual heart valve twists when blood pumps through it.
Solar-Panel 'Skin' May Be Future of Sustainable Home
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3/14/2014  17 comments
A team of Dutch designers has come up with a way to retrofit a typical home in the Netherlands with a “skin” of solar panels and smart technology to make the home more sustainable and energy neutral.
EcoVolt Technology Transforms Beer Into Energy
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3/13/2014  21 comments
Boston-based Cambrian Innovation has developed a solution called EcoVolt that uses bioelectrochemistry to treat wastewater so it can be turned into electricity. The company is targeting the beverage industry to convert waste from making beer and wine into energy breweries and wineries can use to run their operations.
Battery-Free Technology Brings Gesture Control to Myriad Devices
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3/12/2014  7 comments
The AllSee prototype sensor lets users control devices such as smartphones through hand movements, even if the users can't see them.
Slideshow: Helicopter Drones Are Everywhere
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3/11/2014  32 comments
Drone helicopters are getting used widely these days, from military deployment, to police crime scenes photography, to search and rescue.
Ending the Dead-Battery Dilemma for Delivery Truck Drivers
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3/11/2014  26 comments
Maxwell's Supercapacitor takes over the start function of the truck and ensures that drivers won't be affected by battery loss while making deliveries.
Ring Controls Smart Devices From Your Finger
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3/10/2014  24 comments
A piece of metal worn on your finger will allow you to control all your smart devices.
Hello Ruby Makes Learning Programming Skills Fun
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3/10/2014  4 comments
This book introduces children to coding fundamentals -- such as sequences, loops, and conditionals.
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Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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