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Google Making a Big Play for Medical-Grade Wearable Tech
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7/6/2015  Post a comment
Google has created an experimental wearable aimed at giving medical researchers and physicians access to persistent, and real-time patient data, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Is Multimaterial Additive Manufacturing Foreshadowing Another Paradigm Shift?
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7/3/2015  Post a comment
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
Simulation Software Helps Design Engineers Deal with Multiphysics
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7/3/2015  1 comment
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
How to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers With Python
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7/3/2015  Post a comment
Tune in to the Continuing Education Center next week for a comprehensive course in using the Raspberry Pi development platform.
Plastics, Not Better Silicon, Could Be Key to More Efficient Solar Cells
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7/3/2015  Post a comment
Researchers in Australia think new types of plastic materials instead of silicon may be the key to building more efficient solar cells.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
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7/2/2015  7 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
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7/2/2015  3 comments
It seems that in the embedded world hardware design has been much easier than software design for many years.
Nanosteel Aims to Help Cars Lose Weight, Gain Efficiency
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7/2/2015  1 comment
Automakers are on the prowl for lighter weight materials to make vehicles less heavy and more fuel efficient, and Nanosteel is one of the companies hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with their lightweight automotive steel of the same name.
3 Challenges for Embedded Technology Designers in the IoT
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7/2/2015  Post a comment
The momentum behind embedded intelligent connectivity continues to increase at a phenomenal rate as a result of the Internet of Things.
Who's Game for a Nintendo 3DS XL Teardown?
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
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6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Open-Source Code Can Be More Dangerous Than Useful
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6/30/2015  8 comments
Software developers beware: Your open-source components may not be secure.
It's a Challenge, but Corporate Venturing Can Internalize New Technologies
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6/30/2015  1 comment
For companies that have gone into corporate venturing, sponsoring and nurturing startup companies, the subsequent IP transfer is tricky.
Learn to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers Using Python
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6/30/2015  3 comments
Learn how to build Raspberry Pi controllers using Python during this free Continuing Education Center class presented by Design News and Digi-Key.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
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6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
Wearables Get Moody With the GSR Sensor
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6/29/2015  Post a comment
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
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6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Beats by Dre Teardown: Weak Engineering Meets Strong Marketing
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6/26/2015  17 comments
A teardown of the popular Beats by Dre headphones reveals some interesting cost-cutting tricks by the manufacturer.
Initiative Aims to Stop Human Trafficking in Electronics Supply Chain
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6/26/2015  3 comments
Ariba has partnered with Made in a Free World to help organizations track and reduce slavery in their global supply chains by getting them the tools they need to find and fight it.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
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6/25/2015  2 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Demand Surges for Conductive Compounds, and a Company Sees Growth
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6/25/2015  Post a comment
ElectriPlast Corp. spent a decade developing conductive polymer compounds. The work is paying off as demand grows and engineers consider the compounds’ benefits in design, performance, and weight reduction.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Alabama - Georgia
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6/24/2015  Post a comment
Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our great nation, and the US’s legacy of engineering innovation we will take you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states, showcasing interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Mechatronics Matches Growing Complexity of Intelligent Factories Step for Step
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6/24/2015  Post a comment
The Internet of Things is requiring the design of devices using engineering skills and knowledge in multiple domains: electronics, mechanics, control systems, software, and telecommunications, to name a few. In other words, the IoT needs mechatronics.
Mutual Attraction: Custom-Engineered Magnets Aim to Raise Latch Performance
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6/24/2015  5 comments
Conventional magnets are impossible to precisely engineer for individual applications. Their magnetic fields also threaten sensitive electronics. But this is changing.
The PCB Killer: Chip-Level Modules Are On Their Way
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6/24/2015  2 comments
The printed circuit board has been around so long, it just can’t be in danger of being phased out, right? Well, if you have been paying attention to the increasing tendency to put electronic devices on chip-level modules, you might begin to think about the next logical steps.
The Smart Steering Wheel is the Future of Driver Safety
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6/23/2015  4 comments
New sensor technologies are enabling steering wheels that learn how you drive and can protect you in accidents and emergencies.
Considering 8 ‘Human Factors’ in the Design of Medical Devices
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6/23/2015  3 comments
“Human factors engineering” is a term that defines the act of targeting design for people who are the intended users of a product, and it’s widely used across the medical industry.
Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
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6/22/2015  3 comments
In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
Corporate Venturing Spurs Innovation, but the Fit Has to Be Right
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6/22/2015  Post a comment
CVC-funded innovation gives the parent company access to the kinds of inventiveness and agility found in startup technology companies. At the same time, entrepreneurs receive funding and other resources they just couldn't get otherwise. And if the venture is successful, the incentives can be high for everybody.
Moving Tech Into the Background With Connected Clothing
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6/22/2015  Post a comment
One of the promises of wearable tech is to move the technology into the background. This can be hard to imagine when right now the space is riddled with wearables that look like gadgets strapped to our faces and wrists. But one emerging category of wearables provides a glimmer into this not so distant future, smart clothing.
EU Project Urges ‘RESPECT’ for Citizens In Use of Surveillance Technology
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6/19/2015  5 comments
A European project aims to protect people’s privacy amid the increased use of technology like video cameras and other surveillance equipment.
Big Data Lumbers into Product Design
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6/19/2015  Post a comment
Whether it’s simulation, visualization, or data bouncing back from the field, Big Data has entered the design process.
'Designer Carbon' Promises to Enhance Energy Storage
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6/18/2015  3 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have created synthetic carbon that can improve energy-storage capacity in supercapacitors and lithium-sulfur batteries
The 4 'Things' Driving Innovation in Wearable Technology
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6/18/2015  2 comments
Four key advancements are driving wearables out of the lab and into the mainstream, making it easier for startups and makers to create hardware and for consumers to adopt the technology.
Rapid Prototyping a Wireless Controller Using a MSP432 Launchpad and littleBits Modules
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6/18/2015  Post a comment
How to rapid prototype a wireless controller concept using the TI MSP432 Launchpad development kit and littleBits RF modules.
Learn to Design Internet-Connected Devices
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6/18/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Fred Eady, owner of EDTP Electronics, will teach you how to build an inexpensive garage door opener RF receiver and transmitter, as well as an Internet gateway using a Microchip 32-bit PIC MCU, among other things.
10 Pain-Free Steps to Configuring an Interrupt Controller
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6/17/2015  2 comments
Setting up interrupts properly on a microcontroller isn’t easy. Thankfully, there are steps that can be followed to alleviate these painful setup sessions and allow a developer to configure interrupts on the first try.
Next-Gen AR? Watch Microsoft's Remarkable HoloLens Demo
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
Is Microsoft creating the best version of augmented reality (AR) we've ever seen? A demonstration of the HoloLens headset at the company's press conference at E3 2015 is pointing to yes.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
Bacteria-Based Paper Battery Generates Energy from Drop of Water
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
A researcher from Binghamton University has developed a 3D-printed, bacteria-based battery made of paper that costs five cents to develop and folds up into the size of a matchbook.
The Future of Human-Machine Interfaces Is Now
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6/16/2015  2 comments
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
Virtual Reality Industry Is Getting Even More Real
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6/16/2015  Post a comment
Up until now, most of the VR experiences have been mainly ocular, allowing you to immerse yourself in 360-degree visual perspectives. But if the showroom floor at the Augmented World Expo is an indicator, VR is about to get even more real, bringing your eyes, body, and even your friends into the mix.
Is DIY Big Data the Next Big Thing?
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6/16/2015  Post a comment
There is going to be a staggering number and variety of sensors that are going to exist in the brave new IoT world. Just about every environmental, biological, and positioning metric you can think of is going to be available.
Choosing the Right Simulation Table for the Design Job
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6/15/2015  Post a comment
Advances in simulation tables are allowing faster and more effective testing on new products, parts, and subsystems. What should a design engineer know to choose the right simulation table for the job?
The Best of Sensors Expo 2015: 14 Award-Winning Technologies
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6/12/2015  Post a comment
Meet the 14 award-winning sensor innovations and applications from Sensors Expo 2015.
Researchers Power Sensors, Camera With WiFi Signals
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6/12/2015  3 comments
A research team from the University of Washington has demonstrated the first sensors and camera to run powered only on signals from a WiFi router.
Shooting for Industry 3.5
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6/10/2015  2 comments
A conference day of presentations at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show focused on advanced technology in plants.
Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications
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6/10/2015  1 comment
As we are on the cusp of the Industrial Internet of Things and its extensive connectivity potential, the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably among themselves, system controllers, and ultimately to their human overseers via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.
A Champion Is Crowned in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge
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6/10/2015  Post a comment
After two days of competition DARPA has announced the winners of its robotics challenge.
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