Content posted in October 2012
Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly
10/31/2012  9 comments
MIT researchers have created a prototype of a wearable sensor that can create maps of a person's environment as they move through it. Researchers envision emergency responders using the device to navigate disaster sites.
Design Your Own Keynote for DESIGN West
10/30/2012  4 comments
Preparations for DESIGN West, the center of the engineering universe, are well underway, and we want to know –- who would you like to hear deliver the keynote address?
Docking Stations Let Sea Robots Recharge Batteries
10/30/2012  9 comments
Battelle has developed a docking station where unmanned vessels can recharge batteries and share data with researchers during missions.
Slideshow: 'MEMS Inside the Machine'
10/29/2012  8 comments
MEMS Technology Showcase, being held November 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., highlights "MEMS Inside the Machine."
What's Your First 'Engineering' Story?
10/29/2012  28 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recalls his first engineering experience, in which he built a color organ with his dad. Do you remember yours?
Slideshow: MCU Fun With SparkFun
10/26/2012  7 comments
SparkFun's Department of Education spent an evening in Boulder, Colo., this week, teaching people how to solder a microcontroller.
MCUs Simplify Resolver-Based Motor Control Systems
10/25/2012  13 comments
You can buy resolver-to-digital converters, but a fast microcontroller can do the job just as well.
Vortex Surfing Technique Conserves Fuel
10/24/2012  10 comments
Most people think of surfing as something done on water, but the Air Force is surfing the air to help its aircraft conserve fuel.
Products to Watch For
10/24/2012  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from IAR Systems, LDRA, and Analog Devices that need a little highlighting.
Lack of Qualified Engineering Candidates
10/23/2012  59 comments
You have a 10V ideal voltage source in parallel with a 5Ω resistor. What is the impedance?
Nissan's Robotic Car Parks Itself, Picks You Up
10/22/2012  36 comments
Nissan's NSC-2015 can find its own parking spot and return to pick you up after being summoned via mobile app.
Biosynthetic Micro-Robot Will Combine Cells, Electronics
10/22/2012  14 comments
The Cyberplasm micro-robot will combine engineered cellular devices, electronics, and new methods of communicating and interfacing between biological and electronic components.
Engineer Solves Glass Slipper Dilemma
10/19/2012  16 comments
What qualities would the glass in Cinderella's slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably, and hold her weight?
Sea Turtle Robot Will Swim Autonomously
10/19/2012  16 comments
Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have built a robot modeled on a sea turtle that is capable of underwater autonomous navigation.
Video: MABEL Mimics Human Gait
10/18/2012  6 comments
MABEL is a new humanoid robot developed by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Michigan that can walk and climb stairs like a human.
Driving Efficiency With Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems
10/18/2012  7 comments
Hydraulic and pneumatic systems are delivering energy efficiency for plants. Find out more in a Design News Webcast on the topic.
Rising Engineering Stars: Message Received Loud & Clear
10/17/2012  11 comments
Design News is looking for rising engineering stars -- those who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Interfacing Intelligent Sensors With Industrial Ethernet Networks
10/17/2012  6 comments
While Industrial Ethernet has become the kingpin and standard for automation control networks, some devices such as smart sensors and actuators are relying on a simpler, point-to-point communications protocol to save on the cost, size, and complexity that an Ethernet solution requires.
Slideshow: Evolution of the Robotic Canadarm
10/16/2012  29 comments
Canada's main contribution to the US Space Shuttle program has been the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator arms, Canadarm and Canadarm2. See how they have evolved.
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
10/15/2012  23 comments
In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
Slideshow: Machine-Made Cocktails
10/12/2012  17 comments
The Inebriator, powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 microprocessor project board, makes mixing up the perfect cocktail seem effortless.
'MacGyver' Robot Can Use Found Objects to Solve Problems
10/12/2012  27 comments
Locked out of your car with nothing to break in but a piece of chewing gum and a hair tie? No problem -- there’s a robot for that.
2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards
10/11/2012  7 comments
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Electrohydraulic Control for Farm Vehicles
10/11/2012  9 comments
A lightweight vehicle and electrohydraulic controller help a Manitoba farming operation spray crops in heavy clay and gumbo-like soil.
Products That Should Be on Your Radar
10/10/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Banner Engineering, and W. L. Gore & Associates that need a little highlighting.
Robot 'Thinks' Like a Honey Bee
10/9/2012  16 comments
Scientists in the UK are working on the creation of artificial intelligence to power a flying robot that can autonomously think like a honey bee, rather than be programmed to perform tasks.
Slideshow: Even More Messy Desks
10/8/2012  37 comments
Is it true that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be?
Video: Robotic Firefighter of the Future
10/5/2012  11 comments
The Bulldog RS-1 is a tank-like all-terrain truck that delivers mini robots that can be controlled from a safe distance to spray water on fires.
Energy Efficiency: How Does Your State Rank?
10/5/2012  14 comments
Massachusetts again hits No. 1 as the state with the strongest energy efficiency program.
Humans, Do You Speak !~+V•&T1F0()?
10/4/2012  23 comments
Software that will let people and robots communicate in their own languages to plan difficult and complex tasks is being developed at a Scottish university.
Slideshow: Robots in Space
10/2/2012  33 comments
Robots have been going into space for a long time, as satellites, probes, and landers, while others don't get quite that far.
Designers, Where Do You Start?
10/2/2012  15 comments
When you sit down to start a new design, what's the first thing you do?

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