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Content posted in December 2012
QBotix Receives $1M From DoE to Advance Robotic Solar-Panel Technology
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12/28/2012  17 comments
The QBotix tracking system is a robotic system for tilting solar panels toward the sun that can increase the output of the panels by up to 15 percent.
Modeling the MEMS Gyroscope
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12/28/2012  4 comments
How does the MEMS gyroscope work and how can it be modeled?
Where to Begin & the Tough First Step
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12/27/2012  10 comments
The ability to physically model differentiates engineers; it is not a commodity.
To Protect LEDs, Know Your Standards
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12/27/2012  12 comments
LEDs have become so prominent in so short a time that new standards and specifications are emerging faster than most engineers can gain familiarity with them.
Ultimate Reliability: Wind Turbines
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12/26/2012  22 comments
Automation and motion control technology is playing a pivotal role in wind turbine refinement by boosting reliability, operating efficiencies, and remote diagnostics.
Rotary Angle Encoders Go Programmable
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12/26/2012  3 comments
Addressing the need for customization, Novotechnik US offers programmable products that let engineers do things like create one-off encoders.
Company Combines CAD, Lasers & Robotics to Build Better Buildings
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12/20/2012  9 comments
Theometrics has created a digital layout and robotic system that takes architectural measurements and plans and applies them to a construction site.
10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
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12/19/2012  14 comments
Plop your laptop on the dining room table so your significant other can tune in to what you'd really like this holidays. Spoiler alert: Many of these suggestions are off the beaten path.
Highlights From the Product Showcase
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12/19/2012  4 comments
We’ve just posted some products from Texas Instruments, Aerotech, and Netherlocks that deserve a little attention.
Slideshow: What Does the Future Hold for Man & Machine?
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12/18/2012  33 comments
Will we soon have robotic companions helping us with our day-to-day work? The industry is headed in that direction, but is it happening fast enough?
Video: Toshiba Develops Fukushima Robot
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12/18/2012  6 comments
Toshiba has built a robot to conduct investigative and recovery work in dangerous locations such as damaged nuclear plants.
Video: Robot Swarm Channels Beethoven
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12/17/2012  11 comments
A swarm of robots uses spatio-temporal routing algorithms to deploy the fewest members and travel the shortest distance possible while playing "Fur Elise."
Video: DARPA Stair-Climbing Robot Gets Arms
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12/11/2012  8 comments
A humanoid robot that robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics has been developing for DARPA now has arms. Is this a good thing?
Do You Design in the Cloud (or Know What That Means)?
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12/10/2012  17 comments
We asked our LinkedIn group, "When you hear 'design in the cloud,' what does that mean to you?"
Selecting Connectors for Mobile Medical Devices
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12/10/2012  5 comments
Here are the key technical factors to consider when looking for a reliable connector for use in mobile or other handheld medical devices.
Fabrication Technique Gives Graphene the Flexibility for Future Transistors
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12/7/2012  5 comments
As electronics become smaller and faster, graphene transistors will become the center of attention for helping the transition from old-school to fast future in the coming decade.
Slideshow: Robotic Medical Assistants
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12/4/2012  17 comments
Medical robots are helping with surgery, diagnostics, and remote presence.
More New Products to Watch For
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12/4/2012  6 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we've just posted some products from Tolomatic, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Banner that need a little highlighting.
PLM's Antidote to Med Device Makers' Compliance Woes
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12/3/2012  6 comments
Medical device manufacturers are looking to PLM to help establish more rigorous processes around compliance.
My Opinion on PLM in the Cloud
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12/3/2012  16 comments
Cloud-based PLM is here to stay and will have a significant impact in the market.




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