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Suppliers Are Joining the Design Team
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8/3/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturers are speeding design by including their suppliers in the process – and it’s not just automotive and aerospace.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
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8/3/2015  Post a comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
IoT Is Turning Hardware Manufacturers Into Software Developers
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8/1/2015  1 comment
Thanks to the Internet of Things, hardware developers are undertaking a flurry of potentially lucrative software developments.
Augmented Reality Is Finding Success in Enterprise
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7/31/2015  Post a comment
While there are tremendous opportunities in the consumer space for AR, a Juniper Research report says the enterprise AR market will grow tenfold by 2019.
The Anatomy of a Cyber Security Assessment
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7/31/2015  Post a comment
DuPont's cyber security assessment of its Texas plants is an effective blueprint for anyone looking to create a strategy for cyber protection.
Novel Alloy Will Save Money on the World's Most Expensive Fighter Jet
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7/30/2015  7 comments
Lockheed Martin is looking to a new novel alloy and casting process to cut expenses on the F-35 Lightning II -- the world's costliest fighter jet.
New Energy-Saving Fan Motor Aims to Disrupt Commercial Refrigeration
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7/30/2015  7 comments
After impressive test results, QM Power's Q-Sync fan motor has been identified as an emerging energy-saving technology and earned additional funding from the Department of Energy.
This ‘Strange’ Japanese Hotel Is Staffed by Robots
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7/30/2015  3 comments
Henn'na Hotel, a next-generation, eco-friendly hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, is staffed almost entirely by robots.
Just-in-Time Training Helps Designers Cope with Rapid Software Changes
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7/30/2015  Post a comment
With the pace of new editions and iterations, designers can fall behind quickly on software knowledge and skills. That's where JIT software training comes in.
Advanced Metals Gaining Ground in Lightweight Vehicles
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7/29/2015  15 comments
After more than a century of dedicated service, metals are still upping their game and delivering lighter, stronger bodies and frames to the auto industry.
Suppliers Challenge PVC Cables with Green Alternatives
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7/29/2015  1 comment
Suppliers are chipping away at the dominance of the venerable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) electrical cable with rollouts of new environmentally safe, recyclable alternatives.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
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7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
MicroE, Applimotion Merger Will Ramp Motion Control Customization Even Further
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7/29/2015  Post a comment
The new entity, Celera Motion, will continue to sell Applimotion and MicroE kit-style product lines and leverage their combined integrated assembly expertise.
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
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7/28/2015  1 comment
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
What Can Be Done About Car Hacking, or Is This the Future of Autos?
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7/27/2015  38 comments
Professional hackers remotely hijacked a moving Jeep Cherokee -- exposing a life-threatening security bug and setting off a 1.4 million vehicle recall from Fiat Chrysler.
Novel Direct Drive Motors Move Robotic Hands, Fingers Closer to Human Touch
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7/27/2015  Post a comment
This motor design offers very high power, torque, and control for implementing human-like robotic fingers and hands.
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
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7/26/2015  3 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
5 Killer Reasons the Apple Watch Is Just Getting Started
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7/24/2015  2 comments
Apple’s latest watchOS update, which is set to be released this fall, will finally usher in an era of killer apps for the Apple Watch.
Industrial Cyber Security Requires Layered Approach
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7/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial networks are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Security requires a layered approach.
The New GoPro Hero4 Session Gets a Teardown Session
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7/23/2015  2 comments
The GoPro Hero4 Session is the company's smallest camera model yet, and also the first waterproof GoPro. Let's find out what's going on inside of it.
Breaking the Car Audio Cost-Performance Barrier with ARM Cores
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7/23/2015  Post a comment
ARM cores are widely used in mobile devices, and as they become available in other microcontrollers, they are going to change the cost-benefit equation for markets like automotive. MCUs with DSP capabilities can make car audio more tuneful.
RaspiRobot Board Rapidly Builds Robots and Visual Displays
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7/23/2015  Post a comment
The RaspiRobot Board was designed and developed to alleviate the task of building a specialized Raspberry Pi controller for robotics and visual display applications. We test it out.
Why Hardware Is, Indeed, Easier Than Software
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7/22/2015  6 comments
If you examine the complexity of the design methodology, there's still an important argument for hardware being easier than software.
Commodore Is Being Resurrected as a Smartphone
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7/22/2015  6 comments
The iconic Commodore brand is looking to revive itself in the smartphone market.
Your Supplier Is Not Your Friend
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7/21/2015  5 comments
Sometimes outsourcing comes with a healthy dose of pushback. And that pushback from the supplier, warning of supply chain transgressions that could sink your product design, is good for you.
The 3 Reasons a PDM Isn't Implemented on Time
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7/21/2015  1 comment
Product data management (PDM) implementation projects often become exercises in bloated futility. Here's how to maximize your chances for a successful PDM delivery.
Survey Reveals Trends, Concerns for Embedded Development Engineers
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7/21/2015  1 comment
The study, conducted by Design News' parent company, shows that there are changes afoot in such things as processor size, operating system choices, and developer concerns as embedded development evolves.
10 Technologies That Will Turn You Into a Superhero
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7/20/2015  2 comments
As far out as a lot of superhero technologies and abilities are, a lot of the technology seen in comic books has inspired or been inspired by real technologies being developed today.
Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials
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7/20/2015  Post a comment
Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.
StretchSense Wants to Make Your Chargers Obsolete
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7/19/2015  1 comment
A company in New Zealand has developed a sensor made of flexible fabric that could one day be a wearable power source for your mobile devices.
Great Courses Offers All You Need to Know About Robotics
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7/18/2015  1 comment
Great Courses has released a comprehensive 12-hour lecture program on robotics.
10 Great Inventors of the Late 20th Century
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7/17/2015  17 comments
Take a look at 10 great inventors who created some of the most popular products we're using today.
Technology of the Future Could be Powered by Evaporation
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7/17/2015  1 comment
Columbia University researchers have found a way of potentially powering robotics, devices, sensors, and other machinery using water evaporation.
The ProtoCycler Recycles Your 3D-Printed Prototypes
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7/17/2015  1 comment
The ProtoCycler turns old plastic parts, including old 3D-printed prototypes, into reusable 3D printing filament.
Multimaterial 3D Printing Could Spawn a New Era of Design Solutions
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7/16/2015  1 comment
Some say there is a substantial gap between the CAD tools widely used by designers today and the next-generation tools that designers would need to maximize multimaterial 3D printing. But artificial intelligence in software may take care of that.
The Environmental Impact and Safety of 3D Printing
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7/15/2015  7 comments
Some initial studies contend that certain additive manufacturing processes produce harmful eco-impact. Evaluating 3D printing’s footprint will be a multifaceted question requiring detailed systemwide analysis and product lifecycle consideration.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
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7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
Moving Beyond Step Counting: the Versatility of the Accelerometer
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7/15/2015  1 comment
In the wearable space, accelerometer data is being used for more than just steps, helping with strength training, posture, and even allowing users to control the connected world.
Turning to Software to Identify Conflict Minerals in the Supply Chain
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7/14/2015  Post a comment
Conflict minerals reporting is now a due diligence burden for manufacturing organizations, heavy in administrative work and supplier queries. PTC says technology can help automate the process.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
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7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
Here’s Why Intel Was So Smart to Snap Up Altera
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7/13/2015  1 comment
Intel's broad know-how could push Altera's programmable logic acumen to even greater heights. What programmable logic promises over the next few years is a radically different approach to data processing.
IBM Gives Moore's Law a Boost with Innovative Ultradense Chip
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7/13/2015  Post a comment
IBM has prototyped a computer chip with quadruple the capacity of the most powerful chips on the market.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
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7/10/2015  3 comments
Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
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7/9/2015  4 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
DARPA Backs Further Development of DEKA's 'Luke Arm'
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7/9/2015  2 comments
The Department of Defense is making a nearly $7 million investment to further development on a prosthetic device that allows for movement and functionality that’s nearly the same as a normal human arm and hand.
Die-Level IP Integration: Why Your Next Design Could Be Via Compound Semiconductors on CMOS
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7/9/2015  Post a comment
Packaged ICs comprising a single die in standard CMOS silicon technology will soon become less standard if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and its commercial partners have their way.
The US and Japan Will Fight in a Giant Robot Battle
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7/8/2015  2 comments
America's Megabot and Japan's Kuratas robot have agreed to battle in a fight to the finish.
Today’s Full-Featured Radio Modules Make Designing Web Connectivity Easy
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
Today’s radio modules enable designer engineers to quickly design wireless connectivity to devices.
WiFi Module Selection Tips for Embedded Designs
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7/8/2015  2 comments
To add wireless connectivity to designs, product manufacturers need to get up to speed on wireless technologies as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.
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