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Content posted in January 2014
Video: Arduino & Raspberry Pi Drink-Mixing Robot
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1/30/2014  19 comments
The Drinkmotizer, an Arduino and Raspberry Pi drink-mixing robot, is four feet long. It can hold up to 16 bottles and has a chaser station at the end.
Siemens & CADENAS Offer Free Tools to STEM Students
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1/29/2014  2 comments
Siemens and CADENAS have partnered to offer free 3D part-search technology to educators and students.
EcoBot Turns Waste Into Power
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1/28/2014  12 comments
This robot uses sewage waste as a fuel source and works to clear sewer blockages.
My Opinion on Manufacturing: It Is Coming Back - Really!
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1/28/2014  28 comments
After decades of having jobs move to countries where labor was far cheaper, the tide is finally beginning to turn.
2013: Innovations in Automation & Control
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1/27/2014  2 comments
Each year, the Golden Mousetrap Awards offer the Design News editorial staff a chance to review the most innovative products of the previous year. In the automation and control area, the process also normally reveals some of the major trends in products and technologies that are making the biggest impacts in manufacturing, since the Golden Mousetrap is all about innovation and forwarding looking designs.
Can Micro Mills Recharge Your Cellphone?
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1/23/2014  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed micro wind turbines that could charge mobile and remote devices.
Fully Integrated Automation Lives in the PLC
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1/23/2014  13 comments
Smarter PLCs are giving plant engineers more flexibility while making systems less costly and easier to deploy.
You’ll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
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1/22/2014  Post a comment
We’ve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes won’t make you an expert, it’ll get you much further down the road in your wireless development.
Festo Uses Natural Waves to Convey Delicate Items
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1/22/2014  27 comments
Festo imitates natural wave action to move delicate items along a conveyor.
CES 2014: AMD Showcases FreeSync
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1/22/2014  Post a comment
AMD introduced FreeSync graphics smoothing tech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Nvidia Creates Crop Circle to Introduce Tegra K1 Chip
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1/21/2014  7 comments
Nvidia's controversial crop circle was simply a marketing ploy created by the company to announced its Tegra K1 chip, which was unveiled at this month's Consumer Electronics Show.
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
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1/20/2014  23 comments
Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.
Judging the Golden Mousetrap Awards Was Fun (& Difficult)
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1/20/2014  1 comment
We aren't allowed to tell you who the winners of our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards are just yet, but we'd love to brag about some of the finalists.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Who Will Reign in the Automation Circle?
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1/17/2014  Post a comment
The 2013 Golden Mousetrap Award finalists have been announced, and it's just a few short weeks until the winners will be revealed during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif. Do you have your tickets yet?
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Materials & Assembly Finalists
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1/16/2014  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Design Tools Finalists
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1/15/2014  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Design Tools category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Fuzzing Framework Fights Control Hackers
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1/15/2014  10 comments
SANS will debut an anti-hacking fuzzing framework for industrial control systems at its annual security summit.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Control Finalists
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1/14/2014  2 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Electronics & Test Finalists
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1/13/2014  3 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the electronics and test category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
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1/10/2014  23 comments
The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
Advancing the IoT Through a Tech Alliance Super Club
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1/10/2014  10 comments
How would a device made by Samsung communicate with a device made by Sony?
Earn While You Learn!
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1/9/2014  4 comments
The IEEE will award professional development hours to students who actively participate in Design News's Continuing Education Center classes.
Slideshow: Upping the Efficiency of Solar Cells
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1/8/2014  50 comments
Solar energy has emerged as one of the most viable forms of renewable energy. But to make it even more prevalent and a standard part of power grids, solar-energy harvesting technologies need to perform at a higher level, achieving more efficiency, or a higher ratio of electrical output to the incident energy in the form of sunlight.
Fighting Product Fatigue in the Factory
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1/7/2014  17 comments
Condition monitoring catches failing parts before they fail.
Slideshow: Rising Engineering Star Finalists
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1/6/2014  6 comments
Meet the engineers who are influencing and having an impact on the design engineering community.
Video: How We Can Expect to Manage Entertainment in 2014
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1/6/2014  20 comments
The future of entertainment control and use is headed toward gesture and interactive connectivity.
Slideshow: Meet the 2014 Rising Engineering Star
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1/3/2014  12 comments
Justine Haupt, a design engineer with Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named the top innovator in this year's Rising Engineering Stars contest.
Bio-Battery Leverages Viruses to Power EV
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1/3/2014  10 comments
Scientists at MIT have developed a new bio-battery leveraging viruses that has two to three times better energy density than currently developed lithium-air batteries, the latter of which is being eyed as a top contender to power the future electric car.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
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1/2/2014  40 comments
Our latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new and growing category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and some that look like or emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
3D Scanners Capture Clear Images in Darkness
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1/2/2014  8 comments
MIT researchers have developed two new 3D scanners -- the First-Photon Imaging system and the nano-camera -- capable of capturing images in total darkness.




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