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Your Sensor Needs to be a Differentiator, Not a Feature
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
CAD on the Run Speeds Formula One Racing
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
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6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
New Design Apps: from Augmented Reality to Smartphones
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6/23/2016  Post a comment
A look at how five different companies have introduced design apps that make the process of moving a product from design concept through manufacturing more efficient.
The Latest Sensor Improves Hands-Free Faucets
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6/22/2016  3 comments
A new time-of-flight sensor could offer a solution to the problem of balky, touch-free faucets in public washrooms.
NI Leverages HP to Manage Big Data
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
National Instruments has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to create a data system that can handle high-volume sensor data.
Materials Matter More than Anything in Product Development
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
Join a free online course, June 28-30, about one of the most important topics to understand when you’re making something -- which materials make sense, why, and in which situations.
'SkinTrack' Tech Turns Human Arm Into a Smart-Watch Touchpad
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6/21/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon university have taken “wearable” technology to the next level with an invention that turns the human arm into a touchpad for smart watches.
Bearings Are Covered with Mobile Apps
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
SKF has developed a few dozen mobile apps to help users select bearings and to analyze the performance of those bearngs in the field.
Beyond the Dyno: A Multi-Axis Test Simulator for Automotive
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
A multi-axis profile simulator takes data from a dynamometer and uses it to create a back-to-back test system profile that synchs speed and torque in time.
Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
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6/20/2016  2 comments
Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick explained the vulnerabilities to hacking during his keynote address at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing in New York last week.
Researchers Team Up for Cheaper Solar Energy Battery Storage
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6/20/2016  Post a comment
Three UK research entities have teamed up in a partnership to develop sodium-ion cells as a low-cost alternative to lithium-ion batteries for solar energy storage.
Origami Star-Inspired Biobattery Runs on Wastewater
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6/17/2016  2 comments
Engineers have developed a biobattery in an origami ninja star-like design that runs using just a few drops of water.
Keeping Medical Devices in Great Shape for the Long Run
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6/17/2016  Post a comment
Medical device designers are constantly facing new challenges, stemming from rapid changes in the healthcare regulatory and care delivery landscape. Fortunately, designers also have multiple materials resources.
3D Printing on the Dark Side for Father's Day
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you move fast -- and you've got $3,500 lying around -- you may still be able to buy your dad a Darth Vader helmet replica for Father's Day.
NASA and the Heart of Engineering
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
NASA has been at the heart of engineering since the Space Race, but with funding and political support waning, what will keep engineering’s blood flowing?
Technology Helps Overcome Poor User Interfaces ... and Other Problems
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
Technology has enabled many improvements in recent years. Now, German design company CAD Schroer has eliminated some typical 3D design weaknesses with the introduction of its updated solution.
Data Shows that Patients Want Consumer-like Medical Wearables
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you want people to use at-home or wearable medical devices, make the products fun and attractive.
Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
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6/15/2016  5 comments
Want to create a medical device that will also find real success? Better find something useful rather than just spectacular.
Mantis Shrimp Inspire Next-Gen, Super-Strong Composites
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have identified a unique structure in the mantis shrimp's dactyl club that can inform the design of stronger materials.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
New Energy-Carrying Particles Help Advance Solar-Cell Development
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists have designed new energy-carrying particles that improve the way electrons are transported and could be used to develop new types of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry.
7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
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6/14/2016  12 comments
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make sense for EVERY product to connect to the internet? Here are seven reasons to skip the I in IoT.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds Teaches Kids to Code
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6/14/2016  Post a comment
Apple has announced a new iPad app aimed at teaching kids its Swift coding language for iOS devices.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
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6/13/2016  1 comment
A student engineering team from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology is using 3D-printed plastic parts -- built on a desktop 3D printer -- in its Mars rover designs.
The DoE's Quest to Improve Solar Cells
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed new techniques that could help them identify performance flaws in materials that form solar-energy-harvesting cells, leading to performance improvements in new cells.
Celebrate the Best of Gadget Freak
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our latest Gadget Freak ebook calls out the best and brightest projects from the 2015 crop.
An Electric Car Too Soon
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6/10/2016  2 comments
An engineer shares his story of the electric vehicle he built, and all of his mistakes he made and lessons he learned along the way.
Powering Smart Cities With Wind and Solar Energy
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6/10/2016  Post a comment
As researchers work on advancements in technologies that harvest solar and wind energy, others are working on technology that can do both.
Seeking the Big Data that Makes a Difference
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6/10/2016  Post a comment
Not all big data is useful. This panel of experts discusses how to determine what big data makes a difference.
From the Moon to Mars: Space Exploration’s Rich Past and Uncertain Future
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6/9/2016  2 comments
A Space Shuttle veteran and International Space Station mission commander speaks with Design News about the past achievements of and future viability of US space exploration, why man hasn’t walked on Mars yet, and the role of commercial spaceflight.
Should Automakers Be More Like Apple and Google?
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6/9/2016  4 comments
With Apple and Google making increasing inroads into the auto industry, should automakers adapt by thinking more like software companies?
Bones & Seashells Inspire Sustainable Design for Concrete
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6/9/2016  1 comment
Biomimicry is a popular research method these days, in particular in the quest for more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Researchers at MIT are among the latest to use biomimicry in this endeavor, with a new biologically inspired design of the world’s most common building material -- concrete.
Industrial Controllers Focus on Performance
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6/9/2016  Post a comment
Additional CPU power is being deployed to power high performance vision-guided motion, machine condition monitoring, and data-intensive edge computing applications.
Breaking New Ground in the Treatment & Prevention of Disease
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6/8/2016  1 comment
The development of nanotechnology for the treatment and prevention of disease has evolved in leaps and bounds in recent years, with breakthroughs in treating cancer, heart disease, and superbugs among some of the forefront of research.
Solar-Energy Conversion Goes Through the Roof
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6/8/2016  Post a comment
MIT researchers have demonstrated a device that leverages thermophotovoltaics to break through the predicted ceiling for solar-cell conversion.
Gaining Real-World Experience in Formula SAE Series Racing
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6/8/2016  Post a comment
Imagine an educational experience for budding engineers to leave textbooks and theory behind and actually design, build, and test real vehicles. Imagine those students’ racing their own vehicles in an intense and exciting competition against other university teams. Formula SAE Series Racing has been making this dream a reality for more than three decades.
This Cutting-Edge Telescope Is a Security Camera for the Planet
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6/7/2016  10 comments
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope at Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems is a ground-based telescope that will, once installed on a mountaintop in Chile, scan the sky, taking detailed photos with a 3,200-megapixel camera every 10 seconds, over a 10-year period.
Perovskite Solar Cells Are Just About Ready for Prime Time
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6/7/2016  1 comment
Thin-film solar cells made of perovskite are poised to move from the lab to the commercial market in the next three years, according to a recent report by Lux Research.
Cutting Recalls with Big Data
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6/7/2016  2 comments
The value of product data grows when it’s captured across the product’s life, from early design through manufacturing and onto its life with the end user. Along the way, outside data can be gathered from suppliers and distributors. The goal is to capture enough data to identify and correct problems at the earliest possible moment.
Laying the Groundwork For Trusted Cyber Secure Ecosystems
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6/7/2016  Post a comment
CIP Security is evolving into a more robust security framework and adding solutions for device authentication and hardening.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
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6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
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6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Flow Battery for Renewable Storage Is Simple and Cheap
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT have developed one of the first liquid-flow batteries that reduces the cost and simplicity of the typical design.
Arrow and Indiegogo Partner to Accelerate IoT Startups
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
A new partnership between global electronics supplier Arrow and Indiegogo, one of the largest crowfunding platforms, is looking to give the little guys a shot at innovating in the IoT space.
Superconductors for Contactless Motion
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Using superconductors to implement high precision motion systems has interesting potential benefits for automation applications, providing a way to achieve contactless motion and eliminate inaccuracies introduced by friction, or guides and bearings in automation systems.
High Power Drives Are Getting Tiny
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Whether it’s on the packaging line or in other areas of the factory floor, machine builders are seeking smaller from drives that deliver improved efficiency.
Salt May Be the Secret for Improving Energy Storage Materials
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Using salt, researchers have been able to grow stable oxide sheets that are several hundreds of times larger than with more traditional processes, and with less fouling. When salt crystals are used as a substrate for growing the crystals, they are better able to spread out and form a larger sheet of oxide material. The result is a material that is simply better at collecting and disbursing ions, thereby improving energy storage.
Are Firmware Updates Cramping Your Design Cycle?
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Updating firmware in the field through a bootloader is usually one of the last activities or thoughts on any development teams mind. Yet, field updates to firmware is potentially one of the most important activities a team will undertake to ensure their product remains relevant, feature rich, and robust.
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Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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