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Santa’s Production Facility - a Detailed View
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12/19/2014  Post a comment
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
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12/19/2014  11 comments
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
The Gift of Mobility: Tech Gives Dog & Tortoise New Ways to Get Around
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12/19/2014  2 comments
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
Electronic Memories of Radio Shack
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12/18/2014  26 comments
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
These Jeans Will Keep Hackers Out of Your Pants
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12/18/2014  7 comments
Computer security firm Norton has partnered with clothing company Betaband on a pair of jeans that will keep your RFID-tagged credit cards and documents safe from wireless theft.
Investment in Equipment Grows As U.S. Manufacturing Booms
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12/17/2014  1 comment
As U.S. manufacturing booms, companies are beginning to invest in new equipment.
Reshoring Will Continue as U.S. Manufacturing Booms in 2015
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12/16/2014  2 comments
New research from the Georgia Center for Innovations for Manufacturing shows manufacturing will boom in 2015 as reshoring continues to bring production back to the U.S.>
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Finalists
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12/15/2014  Post a comment
UBM Canon, the world’s leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.
10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
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12/15/2014  17 comments
Here are our 10 favorite science and technology gift ideas for the future engineer in your life.
Big Data Is Driving Manufacturing Efficiency
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12/15/2014  1 comment
Big data and predictive maintenance are helping manufacturers become more efficient.
Rising Star: TI Engineer Makes His Mark in Solar Industry
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12/12/2014  7 comments
Manish Bhardwaj, a 30-year-old systems application engineer who has worked with Texas Instruments throughout his short, but nonetheless impressive, career, is the recipient of this year's Rising Engineering Star award.
O, Holy Nerd: Kickstarting the Christmas Decorating
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12/11/2014  4 comments
Kickstarter, the gift that keeps on giving, year round, like an evergreen. The tech section of the popular crowdfunding site is looking particularly festive of late.
The Design Environment Is Changing
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12/10/2014  2 comments
The product development process is changing. It's becoming more integrated and more agile.
Is the Ring the ‘Worst Product Ever Made?'
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12/10/2014  8 comments
The Ring -- an invention of a company called Logbar, based in Tokyo with its US headquarters in San Carlos, Calif. -- controls your personal devices, such as an iPhone, from your finger through gestures and Bluetooth connectivity. It surpassed its Kickstarter goal by several thousand dollars.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You'd Let HAL Run a Spacecraft
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12/9/2014  29 comments
You certainly know you're engineer if you count the number of steps in a set of stairs, or you use a CAD package and a wind tunnel to design your kid's Pine Wood Derby car. Check out our latest list to see if you qualify.
‘Wind Tree’ Provides Artistic Take on Turbine Design for Smart Cities
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12/9/2014  18 comments
New Wind's Wind Tree has 72 "leaves" that are actually mini wind turbines. The power output of the tree is 3.1 kilowatts with the potential to generate 3,500 kWh to 13,500 kWh depending on the wind.
Hydrogen – Hope or Hype?
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12/8/2014  15 comments
The question is whether battery technology can develop faster than hydrogen production and distribution infrastructure.
Soccer Field Powers Brazilian Slum
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12/8/2014  30 comments
UK startup Pavegen has teamed with gas and energy company Shell to give a Brazilian favela a soccer field that harvests energy from players' steps to power the surrounding neighborhood.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
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12/8/2014  10 comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
Web Applications Are Ripe for Attack
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12/8/2014  Post a comment
Protecting web applications is a constant race to make sure security practices are a step ahead of attackers. Writing secure web application requires discipline, deep knowledge of web technologies, and coordination across disciplines throughout the development lifecycle. Learn how to secure web applications during the Design News CEC course, "An Introduction to Web application Security."
Sci-Fi Writers Schooled in Science
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12/5/2014  6 comments
Most science-fiction writers come to their subject well-schooled in the liberal arts, not science. Phillip K. Dick studied philosophy. Roger Zelazny picked up an MA from Columbia in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. A surprisingly small handful started out as professionals in technology. Here’s a look at the few classic science-fiction writers who were actually trained in science, be it physics, math, or engineering.
Amazon Enlists Robotic Elves to Help Ship Your Gifts
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12/5/2014  11 comments
Amazon's fulfillment centers are turning to robots as a solution to manage the high volume of holiday season orders.
Ohio State Researchers Develop World's First Solar Battery
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12/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at Ohio State University have designed what they say is the world’s first solar battery, which combines both a solar cell and storage capacity in a single device.
Knightscope's K5 Robot Stops Crime Before it Happens
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12/3/2014  17 comments
It's not part man, it's all machine, but this robot can still be a cop. Robotics company Knightscope Inc. is rolling out the K5, a friendly security robot that won't just prevent crime, but actually predict it.
3D-Printed Liver Tissue Goes Commercial
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12/3/2014  9 comments
California-based Organovo has developed and released the exVive3D Human Liver Tissue, which is available to customers through the company’s contract research services program. It will be used in medical research and testing to study the effect of drugs on the liver.
Redesigning Star Wars' Awful New Lightsaber
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12/2/2014  21 comments
The trailer for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, has given fans a glimpse of a brand new lightsaber ... and its design could use some improvement. Could you do better?
Conductive Clay -- the Future of Energy Storage?
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12/2/2014  15 comments
MXene clay -- which is two-dimensional and comprised of three layers of titanium and two layers of carbon that’s five atoms thick -- was developed by a team of researchers in Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century
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12/1/2014  21 comments
Here’s a look at some of the notable engineers who contributed significantly to engineering advancements during the first half of the 20th Century, a period often called the golden era of engineering. Some well-known engineering figures such as Edison, Tesla, and the Wright Brothers are on the list, but we have also included a few lesser-known but still significant engineers.
Move Over Pasta -- Machinery Also Key Contribution from Italy
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12/1/2014  6 comments
Machines Italia is co-sponsoring with Design News the UX Italia video contest, which is asking companies to submit at least a three-minute video testimonial of how the user experience of Italian machinery, technology, or other experience solutions are essential to the business’s success.
Don’t Let Faulty Circuit Protection Damage Your Device
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12/1/2014  2 comments
Circuit protection is critical in the design of electronic devices. This Focus on Fundamentals course covers the basics of sound circuit protection.
What Innovations Lay Hidden Inside the Nexus 6?
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11/28/2014  8 comments
The phablet wars continue. Today we welcome the Nexus 6 -- a joint collaboration between Google and Motorola.
Fire-Resistant Steel Made to Order Using Thermodynamic Simulation
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11/28/2014  Post a comment
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Deep Learning is the Future of Automation and Robotics
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11/28/2014  2 comments
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation call this deep learning.
Hack Thanksgiving (Don’t Be a Tech Turkey)!
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11/27/2014  21 comments
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
The IoT Comes to Your Backyard
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11/26/2014  17 comments
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
Robo-Fabric Brings New Dimension to Wearable Tech
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11/26/2014  14 comments
Researchers have developed a new flexible fabric that integrates both movement and sensors, introducing new potential for technology-embedded clothing and soft robots.
Engineer Comic Works in PowerPoint
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11/26/2014  15 comments
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
Engineering Disasters: Galloping Gertie – the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
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11/25/2014  12 comments
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
How to Design Better 'Things'
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11/25/2014  11 comments
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
Is Sexism Driving Women Out of Engineering?
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11/25/2014  32 comments
When my daughter decided she wanted to study engineering, I was very proud of her. At the same time, in the back of my mind, I wondered if she knew what she was in for.
Autodesk, Artec Make 3D Modeling Easier
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11/25/2014  1 comment
Autodesk has teamed up with 3D scanner provider Artec to link CAD software and 3D scanners to make it faster and easier to create accurate 3D mesh models for printing or digital use.
Driverless Cars Require More Passenger Trust
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11/24/2014  61 comments
The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
12 Black Friday Gadgets for Someone You Hate
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11/21/2014  30 comments
Get a load of these strange product designs. What's in the water these design engineers are drinking?
van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Transformed into Solar-Powered Bike Path
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11/21/2014  21 comments
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
MegaBots Take Giant Robots From Science Fiction to Reality
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11/20/2014  11 comments
Ever wanted your own giant robot? Three engineers did, and now they want to make 15-ft, fighting MegaBots a household name.
10 Packaging Technologies at Pack Expo
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11/20/2014  3 comments
Here are 10 examples of the wide range of new technology on display at Pack Expo in Chicago earlier this month.
Desert Scorpions Inspire Abrasion-Resistant Surfaces
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11/20/2014  4 comments
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Video: Bamboo-Based Hybrid Wind Turbine Aimed at Developing World
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11/20/2014  Post a comment
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
Keyssa: 'Kiss Old Connectors Goodbye'
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11/19/2014  11 comments
Anyone who’s ever moved files from a hard drive to a computer has sat patiently waiting for the transfer to complete. But what if this process could be done wirelessly, without having to connect devices with cables, and in seconds?
Bullet-Proof Software Architecture Is Key to Product Development
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11/19/2014  1 comment
The CEC class, "An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design," will give attendees a path to successful software architecture for product design.
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Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
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