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Hilarious Engineer Talks Cardinal Grameters
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11/19/2014  9 comments
Check out this jet engine technology explained in engineering gobbledegook.
Take a Teardown 'Voyage' With Kindle
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11/18/2014  6 comments
Look and be amazed! Amazon has added a new tablet to its e-reader lineup, and this one aims to perfect the reading experience. But can it beat Amazon's rocky repairability record?
Keeping It Together With Bolted Joints
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11/18/2014  5 comments
It's not uncommon for thousands of dollars worth of equipment to be held together by $.10 screws. Because of their low cost and high degree of standardization, screws, studs, bolts, and nuts tend to be thought of as commodity products. As a result, bolted joints too often fail to receive the level of attention they deserve in engineering design.
CPG Packagers Want Flexibility in Product Design
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11/18/2014  1 comment
The packaging industry is managing major changes in consumer packaging, from multi-versions of packages to the drive for less packaging waste.
11 Robots Take Flight
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11/17/2014  9 comments
Flying robot hardware is still important, but what's getting as interesting now is some of the new uses, such as equipping them with medical equipment for aiding first responders, monitoring and recording biometric health data about athletes, and commercial aircraft inspection.
Packaging Wants Industry 4.0 to Replace Retirees
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11/17/2014  2 comments
Advanced automation is solving a multitude of challenges in packaging, not the least of which is the retired-Boomer brain drain.
Do You Dream in CAD? You Might Be an Engineer
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11/14/2014  20 comments
You let us know through your comments on the last “You know you’re an engineer if ...” post that you agree and disagree with the notions of what makes an engineer tick. Here are a dozen more to consider.
You Generate the Power on Polaris eBike
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11/14/2014  23 comments
The new line of Polaris eBikes features technology called Perpetual Arc Regeneration that allows a rider’s pedaling and other uses of the bike’s motor system to generate power to the bike’s battery in a number of ways.
The Atlas Robot is Agile Enough to Mimic 'The Karate Kid'
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11/14/2014  5 comments
The Atlas robot, a DARPA project built by a subsidiary of Google, is coordinated enough to easily balance on one leg and navigate raised obstacles.
Device Will Never Let You Forget Your Password -- it's Your Heartbeat
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11/13/2014  25 comments
Biometric identification for access to devices is nothing new, but a Canadian company has put a new spin on the technology by using people’s heartbeats to allow them to wirelessly access their devices -- including their smartphone, computer, car, or even their home.
Solar Sponge Generates Steam by Soaking Up the Sun's Rays
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11/13/2014  4 comments
While previous methods of creating steam involved heating liquids, this solar sponge generates a great amount of steam for hygienic and green energy purposes by simply using solar energy.
10 Programmable Robots for Kids
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11/12/2014  7 comments
Here's a variety of robots for kids that are all programmable. Some can be controlled with simple building blocks while others use programming language.
Samsung's Latest Battery Wraps Around Your Wrist
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11/12/2014  19 comments
At the InterBattery 2014 convention in South Korea, Samsung revealed it has invented a power source for the next generation of wearables and mobile devices -- a flexible battery that can wrap around your wrist.
Do Good Engineers Make Good Engineering Managers?
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11/11/2014  20 comments
Being a good engineer is a prerequisite for being a good engineering manager. However, it’s a necessary but not sufficient condition: not every good engineer will make a good engineering manager, or even want to be one in the first place. This is why good engineering managers are few and far between.
Baxter the Robot Gets a Gig at Schneider
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11/10/2014  1 comment
Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot has taken a job on the assembly line of a major energy and automation company.
Andiamo 3D Prints Orthotics for Disabled Kids
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11/10/2014  Post a comment
Andiamo aims to dramatically reduce the time and cost of orthotic equipment for children by using 3D printing to rapidly and inexpensively create orthotic devices.
Save Your LEDs with Circuit Protection
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11/7/2014  3 comments
Learn to protect your LED design by taking this free Focus on Fundamentals class about LED circuits.
Grabit Uses Static Electricity to Let Robots Grip Anything
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11/7/2014  6 comments
Designing a robot gripper that is flexible enough to grab a variety of objects -- even oddly shaped or heavy ones -- has always been challenging. A company called Grabit has found a solution with a robot that uses static electricity to pick up virtually anything and is well-suited for a range of industrial applications.
Did You Know the Lead Engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge was a Woman?
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11/6/2014  30 comments
It may come as a surprise to some people to know that it was a woman who was in charge of engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge; a woman who was the first computer programmer; and a woman who designed an important junction of Los Angeles’ complex highway system.
Why You Need to Take a Break
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11/6/2014  30 comments
This is the article your manager doesn’t want you to read. Are you working on a tough engineering problem? Don’t keep plugging away at it. Take a break and do something else for a while. Your manager will thank you later.
Advanced Warfare: 4 Real-Life Military Exoskeletons
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11/6/2014  3 comments
This week sees the release of the latest edition of the wildly popular Call of Duty video game franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sledgehammer, the studio behind Advanced Warfare, consulted with military experts on the design of the game's exoskeletons. What they eventually came up with is certainly very sci-fi but not too far away from technologies being developed today.
Protect Your Hardware From Hacking
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11/6/2014  1 comment
Cyber security for hardware assets has become a major issue as more and more devices get connected. A whole slew of new protection technology is beginning to show up to confront the problem. While we’ve seeing plenty of attention paid to networks, securing hardware has received less attention. Yet there plenty of security advances available now for hardware protection.
How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of Google's Nexus 9?
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11/5/2014  2 comments
It's a good time for tablet fans. Apple gave it both barrels last month, with a pair of new iPads -- and today, Google fires back with the Nexus 9 and its newly revised OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Is the Microsoft Band Too Late to the Wearables Party?
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11/5/2014  7 comments
Microsoft has finally made its entry into the wearables and digital health space. But is the Microsoft Band doomed to fail in the face of stiff competition?
Astronauts to Get Out-of-this-World Java
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11/5/2014  7 comments
Dubbed ISSpresso, the world’s first galactic coffee machine has been designed by Italy's famous coffee company Lavazza, and engineered by a Turin-based engineering company, Argotec, to be rocketed into space early next year.
Engineering Job Prospects 10 Years Out
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11/4/2014  19 comments
Job prospects for US engineers in the coming decade is a mixed bag, with some disciplines seeing a 27% growth rate (biomedical engineering), while others are flatlining (materials engineering).
Google Reveals Prototype of 'Project Ara' Customizable Modular Smartphone
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11/4/2014  2 comments
Google has revealed a working model and announced two January 2015 dates for developer conferences around its Project Ara modular smartphone.
How GM Failed Me
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11/4/2014  31 comments
I’m willing to believe that Mary Barra is sincere in her desire to fix GM’s mistakes. I’m even willing to forgive GM for the defective ignition switch. However, after the abysmal service my daughter and I received, it’s hard for me to imagine ever buying another GM product.
Nintendo Wants to Track Your Sleep and Fatigue
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11/3/2014  6 comments
Nintendo's latest product announcement isn't a video game -- it's a sleep tracker, the first in a series of quality of life products aimed at the consumer health and fitness market.
This VEST Will Give You Extra Senses
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11/3/2014  4 comments
The people behind VEST call it a sensory-substitution device. It could help the deaf hear again ... and make the rest of us even better.
Solar Energy Does Grow on Trees
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11/3/2014  16 comments
Israeli company Sologic's eTrees are metal, tree-like structures for harvesting solar energy.
9 Inventions Provide Frightful Fun for Halloween
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10/31/2014  8 comments
Halloween isn’t just a time for creative costumes. Thanks to the element14 online design community, the holiday this year also brings us a number of creative electronic device design ideas aimed at making your Halloween party a unique experience.
NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission: Innovative or a Waste of Time?
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10/31/2014  11 comments
On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
This Toaster Takes Selfies -- Because Civilization is Doomed
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10/31/2014  10 comments
Selfies have already ruined your nights out and your social media feeds. Now they're after your breakfast.
Apple's at it Again: Check Out the iPad Mini 3 Teardown
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10/30/2014  7 comments
Bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but smaller than an iPad Air 2. What am I? If you answered iPad Mini 3, you are correct.
10 Robots That Play Well With Others
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10/30/2014  Post a comment
Here are 10 robots that are designed to work effectively and safely with humans.
Ampy: A Pocket-Sized Motion Charger for Your Mobile Devices
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10/30/2014  17 comments
What if you could recharge your mobile device using the movements you make all day? That’s the promise of Ampy, a new device by a Chicago-based startup of the same name.
Is Apple's iPad Air 2 Easy to Repair?
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10/29/2014  4 comments
What's lighter than Air? An Air 2. Join us as we disassemble the new, shaved-down iPad Air 2, and see whether Apple's thinnest device is still its least-repairable.
Latest Ferrari goes Invite-Only
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10/29/2014  41 comments
Think there’s already a high bar in owning a Ferrari? Well, grab a pole vault, because that bar just got raised.
Corel Updates CAD Suite, Providing Low-Cost 2D and 3D Design
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10/29/2014  10 comments
Corel has updated its CorelCAD 2015 with new features that provide designers with a low-cost option for designing 2D and 3D graphics.
You Know You're An Engineer If …
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10/28/2014  71 comments
If these statements are close to your heart and your daily way of life, you're probably an engineer.
Windowless Planes: The Future of Flight or Fright?
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10/28/2014  76 comments
Would you fly in a plane that had no windows? British developers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) believe that taking out the tiny porthole windows in planes and replacing them with giant flexible OLED screens is the future of flight, and posit it could even become a reality in less than 10 years.
Take Care – Coating Side Effects Could Be Killing Your Product Quality
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10/28/2014  2 comments
Coatings are a great way to modify the surface characteristics of a product, but don’t assume that the property you’re trying to change is the only one that will be affected.
Engineering Disaster: The Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death
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10/27/2014  32 comments
The Xbox Red Ring of Death in 2007 was the hardware error signal from the Xbox 360 video game console that announced your machine was toast. There was no coming back from the red disease -- your machine had to go back to the mothership for serious revamping or replacing. What caused the Red Ring of Death? Was it poor ASIC or lead-free solder?
Europe’s Great Forest Drone Race
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10/27/2014  8 comments
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s two drones racing each other through a forest, and it is, for lack of a better word, AWESOME. Not seeing the forest for the trees can be a bad thing in life, but for drones, it turns out to be a decidedly good thing.
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility -- Don't Try This at Home
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10/24/2014  22 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Mac Mini (Late 2014) — The Teardown
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10/23/2014  5 comments
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
Let Isaac Asimov Lead Your Brainstorming Session
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10/23/2014  7 comments
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Smart Battery Sensor Provides Warning Before Catching Fire
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10/23/2014  13 comments
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
How it Works: E-Cigarettes
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10/22/2014  28 comments
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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