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IoT Solves Track and Trace
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
IoT systems are helping auto OEMs track production as well as production problems.
This Drive Is Smart Enough to Fix Itself
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
This smart drive comes pre-connected to the IoT. It can tell you when it needs maintenance and how to do the support.
Soft Robotic Actuators Inspired by Human Muscle
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6/2/2016  1 comment
Researchers at Harvard University have developed soft robotic actuators inspired by human muscle.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality: Part Two
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
The ability to perform OTA updates to ECUs within the vehicle is an essential feature. Given the wide range of different ECUs in the vehicle on many different types of networks there is no one update process which will work for all ECUs. Each individual ECU should be evaluated to decide which strategy will lead to the ideal balance between cost and vehicle downtime.
Are Engineers Taking Over the World?
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6/1/2016  4 comments
As more of our jobs, and our daily lives, succumb to automation, will it be engineers who end up in power?
Holding Your Nerves
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6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
The Internet of Animals Is Here
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Americans spent more than $60B on their pets in 2015. Folks are definitely spending their money on more than dog food. We’re spending on things like dog spas and fancy toys, and as you can imagine, the wearables market is becoming well represented here.
Harvesting Energy in the Dark for Future Solar Technology
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Collaborating researchers in Australia and the United States have discovered nanotechnology for thermophotovoltaic cells that could boost solar-energy harvesting.
The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies
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5/30/2016  2 comments
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
Collaboration Is Key to the Modern Design Process
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
Hybrid Energy Harvester Eyed for Solar Cells Captures More of Light Spectrum
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
10 Military Robots of the Future
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5/26/2016  1 comment
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
Latest Whitepaper Puts a Lock on IoT Security
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5/26/2016  Post a comment
Icon Labs has developed a whitepaper to help determine the type of cybersecurity needed based on the type of device.
10 Breakthrough Futuristic Military Technologies to Watch
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5/26/2016  4 comments
We're talking a look at 10 of the coolest technologies being developed by the US military today. In addition to saving lives on the battlefield, don't be surprised if you see some of these in your daily life some time in the near future.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
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5/25/2016  3 comments
Here's a look at the Bureau of Labor stats on engineering jobs over the coming decade.
Augmented Reality Becomes the New Plant Instructor
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5/25/2016  Post a comment
DMDII is working with a number of partners to create and utilize augmented reality instructions for the plant floor.
Virtual Reality: The New Prototype Is Digital
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5/24/2016  1 comment
Visualization and virtual reality tools allow design engineers to build virtual prototypes that can be manipulated collaboratively. You can swap out materials and store data within the file.
Choosing the Best Incubator for your Startup
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Active 3D-Printed Materials Controlled by Light
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Autodesk and Siemens PLM Increase Software Interoperability
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Autodesk and Siemens PLM have reached an agreement to create seamless integration between their design software files.
Band-Aid-Like Battery Pack Aimed at Wearables
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
Li-Ion Components for High-Temperature Aerospace, Industrial Apps
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a combined electrolyte and separator for lithium-ion batteries that won’t have performance issues or catch fire at high temperatures.
Each Cyber Attack Has Its Own Cure
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5/23/2016  2 comments
Verizon's new cyber attack report outlines protection measures designed to the style of the attack.
Video Game-Inspired Bionic Arm Comes With a Drone
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
James Young's prosthetic arm doesn't just look it came from a video game ,it works like it comes from one, too, with features like Bluetooth, USB, and an attachable quadcopter.
DoE-Backed Startup Puts a Twist on Offshore Wind Energy
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5/20/2016  5 comments
Accio Energy has created a novel, turbine-less wind energy technology for offshore systems that uses electro-hydrodynamic charge separation principles.
Google Moves on AI Processors
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Google has developed its own accelerator chips for artificial intelligence it calls tensor processing units after the open source TensorFlow algorithms it released last year.
Merger Mania: Is Consolidation Trend Here to Stay?
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Consolidation through mergers gradually increases as industries mature so why should the semiconductor industry be any different?
From Prototype to Cutting-Edge Consumer Design
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Consumers expect their devices to do a lot more than simply work.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
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5/19/2016  8 comments
Are you an engineer who is looking for a job? Here are the 10 states where you will have the best luck.
These Energy-Harvesting Tiles Bank 200 Times More Power
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5/19/2016  7 comments
Pavegen has significantly updated its energy-harvesting floor tile technology with improvements in its new V3 offering.
Drayson Takes RF Energy-Harvesting Tech from Lab to Market
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Drayson Technologies has developed technology called Freevolt that harvests radio frequency (RF) energy to power IoT sensors and devices.
New Drawing App Costs Less Than a Latte
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Siemens PLM has introduced a sketching tool with a pen-on-a-napkin feel.
Thin-Film Coating Boosts Lithium-Ion Battery Performance
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a process of simultaneously “doping” -- or adding an element or compound into a crystalline structure -- and coating lithium magnesium nickel oxygen (LMNO) with iron oxide using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique.
Digital Twin Includes All the Product Data Ever
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5/17/2016  4 comments
Like Industry 4.0 and IoT, the term "digital twin" describes a collection of existing technologies that have become inextricably tied together.
UL Develops Cybersecurity Certification
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5/16/2016  Post a comment
UL's Cybersecurity Assurance Program aims to detect weaknesses, minimize exploitation, address known malware, review security controls, and increase security awareness.
7 Steps to Debugging With a Serial Viewer
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5/16/2016  Post a comment
Here's how you can set up a serial viewer to help you debug your embedded system code.
Meet Otto, the Robot That Wants to Run Your Home
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5/13/2016  5 comments
Samsung is hoping Otto, its "home companion robot," will introduce consumers to the friendlier side of the Internet of Things as the company pushes further into the smart home market.
Energy Harvesting Key to IoT, ON Semiconductor Says
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5/13/2016  Post a comment
With the Smart Passive Sensor, ON Semiconductor is looking to provide the definitive sensor for IoT applications – one that harvests its own energy.
'Second Skin' Polymer Can Fight Wrinkles, Deliver Treatment
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5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have developed a new polymer that’s like a “second skin” for wrinkle treatment or medical delivery
Secrets of Squid Could Bring Environment-Sensing Materials
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5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have identified the pigments on the skin of squid and other cephalopods, work that could affect future development of materials.
Ford Wants Startups to Help It Create Connected Cars
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
To meet consumer demands around connected vehicles and IoT, automakers like Ford are turning to startups. But where should the focus lie for companies looking to work with the car giant?
Integration of Design Software Gets Hot
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
Design software platforms from multiple vendors are now integrating to make the design process simpler for users.
Self-Healing Material Could Be Health Tech Breakthrough
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
A new ultra-stretchy, self-healing material developed by researchers at Stanford University could be a breakthrough for artificial muscle technology.
Paper-Like Battery Electrode Aims at Space Exploration, Aero
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
A novel paper-like battery electrode made out of silicon oxycarbide glass and graphene could meet the specific needs of aerospace applications, such as those used in space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles
Developing a Scalable Firmware Development Environment
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5/11/2016  Post a comment
Selecting the right combination of tools and environment for a scalable development environment can be difficult when surrounded by customized tools.
Researchers Create Better Way to Boil Water, Controlling Bubbles
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5/11/2016  Post a comment
University engineers have discovered a way to induce and control the formation of boiling-water bubbles, which could benefit electronics, as well as have applications in advanced lasers, radars, and solar energy.
Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger
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5/10/2016  4 comments
Cybersecurity is getting to be a greater issue as attackers become better organized and more dangerous.
Smart Printed Sensors Aim at Movement-Monitoring Wearables
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A transparent sensor material that can be printed with simple manufacturing aims to offer a cost-effective way to mass produce wearables.
5 Tips to Avoid Common FMEA Mistakes
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
Too often Failure Mode and Effects Analysis issues occur because simple guidelines and best practices were not followed throughout the entire development process. Learn to avoid missteps with these five tips.
Nanowires Boost Solar Panel Efficiency to Record Levels
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A Swedish startup is developing nanowire thin-film technology it said can boost solar-panel efficiency to record levels.
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