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Content posted in December 2013
Smart Home Systems Are on the Rise
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12/31/2013  29 comments
Berg Insight places a sudden surge of acceptance in home automation in the coming years, which is set to rise to 2.3 million by the end of 2013.
Wireless SD Card Connects Any Digital Camera to a Smart Device
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12/26/2013  74 comments
The Eye-Fi Mobi SD card links to smartphones, tablets, and PCs for easy transfer of photos and video.
My Opinion on Cloud Computing: It Takes You Back to the Future
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12/26/2013  29 comments
The cloud-computing era is here. You can either embrace it or wait for the next wave of technology.
Bottle Molding Gets a Makeover
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12/23/2013  10 comments
Queen's University in Northern Ireland has spent more than 20 years researching and experimenting with plastic bottle moldings. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering School is the foundation for the Advanced Materials and Processing group, which has become the experts of the world on forming and creating new bottles.
Slideshow: Building a Better Human
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12/20/2013  20 comments
Prosthetic limbs and other artificial body parts have come a long way in the last 10 to 20 years, and many on the market and under development today can restore nearly the same functions as the human body parts they’re replacing, or even improve them.
Siemens Googles Into Ford Plants
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12/20/2013  18 comments
Siemens has developed software that allows Ford to view its plants in 3D software.
ATX West: Major Manufacturing Show Comes to Anaheim in February
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12/19/2013  9 comments
ATX West will display manufacturing tech in Anaheim February 11 through 13.
NASA Wants Back in the Space Game
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12/18/2013  33 comments
NASA's technology developments point to a hot desire to get back into human-based space travel.
Malware That’s Transmitted Through Sound
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12/18/2013  24 comments
The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication has created malware that is transmitted via a ACS sound modem.
Video: Are Drone-Powered Power Plants Coming to Your Airspace?
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12/13/2013  26 comments
UK-based New Wave Energy wants to deploy a network of drones at a high altitude --- 50,000 feet -- to harvest solar and wind energy and help end dependency on the traditional power grid.
Arburg Unveils Freeform 3D Printer
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12/13/2013  1 comment
Arburg's new 3D printer, called the Freeformer, melts granulates together, in a process identical to that of injection molding.
GE's Cold Spray Process Repairs Worn Parts
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12/12/2013  11 comments
GE is working on a new 3D printing method, known as cold spray, in which metal powders are sprayed from a nozzle at extremely high velocities on metal objects.
NASA Readies Robonaut for Planetary Environments
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12/12/2013  12 comments
NASA's Robonauts are being developed for inter-planetary travel, and to take over for astronauts when the work becomes too dirty or dangerous.
Slideshow: Supermarket Baxter Robot Learns to Check Your Eggs
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12/11/2013  30 comments
An industrial robot known for its safety around humans has been programmed to work a checkout lane and choose how it accomplishes certain tasks.
Motion Control Gets Efficiency Boost
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12/11/2013  19 comments
Trends in motion control all converge toward greater efficiency in movement, energy, control, and wiring.
Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
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12/10/2013  34 comments
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
NASA Test Launches Planetary Vehicle
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12/10/2013  13 comments
NASA is developing Project Morpheus, a vehicle that can lift off and set itself down on planetary surfaces.
Google Me a Robot
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12/9/2013  26 comments
Google is developing robots for manufacturing, assembly, and warehouse tasks.
Hackers Love Windows XP
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12/6/2013  45 comments
Microsoft will quit supporting – and patching – Windows XP in April. This may be a cruel development for plants.
NI's Dr. T to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
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12/6/2013  15 comments
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
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12/4/2013  52 comments
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
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12/4/2013  16 comments
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
Smart Power Strip Automates Appliances
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12/4/2013  14 comments
Easy home automation comes with a new Kickstarter project, the smart power strip. It controls various AC outlets with a wireless controller and a smartphone app.
Space Engineers: out of This World Learning Game
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12/2/2013  5 comments
Czech Republic-based Keen Software House recently released a game with a new twist on game play and learning. The game is Space Engineers. People play as engineers in space, as the title implies.




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