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Content posted in November 2012
Time Is Running Out
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11/30/2012  2 comments
Tuesday, December 4 is your last chance to enter the Golden Mousetrap Awards. So, what are you waiting for?
Texas Instruments' Color TI-84+C Graphing Calculator Surfaces
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11/30/2012  14 comments
TI graphing calculators haven't changed much in 22 years. Is that about to change with the color TI-84+C? A walk through their history might shed some light.
Future of Farming Geared for Efficient Robotic Workers
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11/28/2012  32 comments
With overpopulation and a decaying environment, the world needs more food, faster. Robots come to rescue, delivering tireless efficiency to the farmland.
Slideshow: Making Sense of Connected Sensors
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11/26/2012  11 comments
The Embedded Technology 2012 trade show held recently in Yokohama, Japan, focused on five smart technologies: energy, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, and transportation systems, as well as mobile and cloud computing.
Slideshow: Great Space Rovers
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11/20/2012  31 comments
The Canadian Space Agency, makers of the International Space Station's 30-year robotic Canadarm project, is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers.
Bodkin Develops Homemade Explosive Detector
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11/20/2012  12 comments
Bodkin develops explosive detection to keep soldiers at a distance.
Slideshow: Sports & Technology
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11/19/2012  14 comments
Check out some of the amazing technologies that sports and athletes have adopted over the years.
Video: What Do You Call a One-Armed Bartender?
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11/19/2012  19 comments
JAMES, a robotic bartender, can take orders, serve drinks, and respond to commands from customers.
Engineers: It's BYOD for Life
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11/19/2012  16 comments
The concept of "bring your own device" to work is causing every type of business to do some restructuring for the sake of security.
Video: Robot Turns Your Dreams Into Art
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11/16/2012  15 comments
Ever wondered what your nightly tossing, turning, and snoring would look like if turned into art by a robot? Winners of a chance to stay at a European hotel chain will find out when their sleep pattern data is captured by sensors and painted by an ABB robot.
Video: Pointing & Clicking Without a Mouse
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11/16/2012  10 comments
Microchipís GestIC technology, which enables intuitive, gesture-based, non-contact user interfaces, is the heart of a range of end products, starting with the MGC3130.
Circuit Protection; Shock Tactics in Real-Time
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11/16/2012  4 comments
Littelfuse is putting its weight behind an initiative that promises to deliver real-time responses to engineers working on designs requiring circuit protection.
Robots Take Human Factor Out of Mining
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11/16/2012  21 comments
Engineers have developed robots to take the human factor out of mining work and provide automation in the process, making it more efficient and less dangerous for the people involved.
Video: German Robot May Beat You at Ping-Pong
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11/15/2012  13 comments
A German research team created the first robot that can not only play ping-pong like a human, but also improve its game by learning from its human opponents.
The Work Day of the Future
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11/15/2012  27 comments
In 20 years, what will the typical work day be like? That is the question the Working Worlds in 2030 project is trying to answer.
Slideshow: Scenes From JEC Americas & IFAI
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11/14/2012  8 comments
For the first time ever, JEC Americas converged on the city of Boston November 7 to November 9, hosting a massive materials show in conjunction with IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International).
Software Advances Do Their Part to Spur 3D Print Revolution
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11/14/2012  2 comments
Sure, prices on 3D printers are coming down. But advances to 3D content creation tools at both the low and high end are helping to make 3D printing more accessible to a broader audience.
Engineering Directives Not Followed... Again
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11/14/2012  9 comments
What happens when 4km of speaker wire is wrongfully installed?
Slideshow: Apple iPad 4 Teardown
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11/13/2012  17 comments
Apple stunned reporters with the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad (or iPad 4), just over six months since the launch of the iPad 3.
Is Your Personal Device Personal?
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11/13/2012  14 comments
Do you use your personal mobile device in your plant, and does your company expect you to use your own iPad or smartphone for company use?
Is Your Network Safe?
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11/13/2012  23 comments
Network security has become a major issue now that plants are connected to the outside world.
Slideshow: Service Robots Can Do Most Anything
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11/12/2012  41 comments
The range of services that robots can perform is extremely broad -- from assisting the elderly to cleaning polluted water to repairing spacecraft.
Want to Generate Energy? Go Fly a Kite
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11/12/2012  26 comments
Kite energy farms are more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly than wind turbines, according to Nature Technology Systems.
Indignation With Taking Liberties
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11/12/2012  23 comments
What happens when the talented but willful production team takes engineering directives as suggestions?
Video: IEEE Programs Give Back
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11/9/2012  9 comments
IEEE has launched programs to bring engineering help to developing countries and the rural US.
Texture & Motion Sensor From Autodesk Research, an Innovative HMI
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11/9/2012  5 comments
Autodesk's Magic Finger is equipped with an ADNS 2620 low-resolution, high-speed optical flow sensor that senses X-Y motion, and a high-resolution AWAIBA NanEye micro RGB camera with modified HDNS-2100 lens that detects the surface being touched.
Slideshow: Pack Expo Packs 'Em In
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11/8/2012  13 comments
The world's biggest packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago, provided a glimpse of the future of automated machinery and robotics.
Video: Making a 10,000-Year Clock
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11/8/2012  24 comments
The Long Now Foundation is building a clock designed to last 10,000 years.
Design News Product Spotlight
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11/7/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we've posted some products from Microchip, Microsemi, and Cypress that deserve a little highlighting.
Slideshow: Apple iPad Mini Teardown
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11/6/2012  19 comments
Despite Steve Jobs' protestations that 7-inch tablets were "too big to compete with a smartphone; too small to compete with an iPad," on Oct. 23, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple's latest device, the iPad Mini.
Tier 1 Auto Supplier Tests Hybrid Systems Using Simulation
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11/6/2012  15 comments
Lear Corp. is testing and validating its hybrid and EV power systems with software simulation.
My Opinion on IEC 61508: It Puts Safety First
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11/6/2012  2 comments
IEC 61508 is intended to be a basic functional safety standard thatís applicable to all industries.




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