Content posted in February 2013
Motion Control is Key to OSU's Futuristic Electric Car
2/28/2013  11 comments
Urban EV is half the size of your average passenger car, corners like it’s on rails, and is capable of being folded to fit into a parking spot.
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
2/28/2013  24 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
Video: Researchers Use Spray-Coating Technique to Develop Cheaper Solar Cells
2/27/2013  5 comments
Researchers in the UK have come up with a way to fabricate solar cells that involves a process similar to spray painting and lowers the price of manufacturing the cells, potentially making them more accessible.
Startup Devises Liquid Metal Batteries for the Electricity Grid
2/26/2013  28 comments
The founders of Boston-area startup Ambri have invented new liquid-based heavy-duty battery technology they hope will be the foundation of the next-generation electricity grid in which alternative energy will play a key role.
SoCs Target Motor Control
2/26/2013  2 comments
Freescale, TI, and STMicroelectronics offer SoCs that bring together a lot of features to address particular application areas.
Slideshow: Diesels, Turbochargers Power Chicago Auto Show
2/25/2013  20 comments
Coming less than a month after the auto industry's biggest exhibition in Detroit, the recent Chicago Auto Show featured a distinct flavor all its own.
Electronic Learning Toys Can Help Educate the World
2/25/2013  22 comments
Lego-like toys from littleBits Electronics that snap together with magnets try to teach everyone about electronic design.
USC Researchers Invent Longer-Lasting Lithium-Ion Battery
2/25/2013  23 comments
Researchers at the University of Southern California have come up with a new design for lithium-ion batteries that can hold more energy and recharge within a mere 10 minutes.
New Class of Mobile Industrial Robots
2/25/2013  17 comments
A new category of mobile robots uses a localization and navigation engine to enable self-driving operation in indoor plant and warehousing environments.
Free Compiler in the Cloud
2/22/2013  9 comments
Arrow and Freescale have partnered in the cloud so you can more easily design a product for the "Internet of Things."
Saving Energy: Best-Practices & System View
2/20/2013  11 comments
Looking at the options for saving electrical energy in US factories, industry experts say it’s important not only to look at a number of different technologies but also to adopt a new mindset.
Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
2/19/2013  29 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.
Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala
2/18/2013  6 comments
See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.
Restaurant in China Employs Robotic Wait Staff & Chefs
2/18/2013  59 comments
The Harbin Haohai Robot Company in China has developed a robotic restaurant staff and opened a restaurant that uses them to cook, greet clients, and wait tables.
Report: Farm, War Machines Rule Professional Service Robot World
2/13/2013  20 comments
The International Federation of Robotics expects more than 90,000 professional service robots to be sold from 2012 to 2015.
Ceramics Moving Into Jet Engines
2/13/2013  5 comments
GE Aircraft Engines is moving heavily into composite materials for its jet engines.
Onshoring: A Trend in Automation?
2/11/2013  22 comments
With automation, companies are able to bring manufacturing back to the US, respond to changing market demands quicker, protect Intellectual Property, and have total quality control.
French Designer Uses 3D Printer to Create Humanoid Robot
2/8/2013  18 comments
Through his InMoov project, French artist and designer Gael Langevin is working on a humanoid robot that can be printed with a 3D printer then assembled at home.
Korean Researchers Invent Bendable Battery
2/7/2013  41 comments
Korean researchers have developed what they are claiming is the world's first bendable lithium-ion battery, an invention that could pave the way for more flexible mobile and electronic devices.
More on Rotary Encoders
2/6/2013  6 comments
A careful look at the signals reveals a way to increase resolution fourfold.
Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin
2/5/2013  42 comments
The majority of robots modeled after snakes and worms are designed for rescue and medical operations.
Army's 'Super Engine' Would Streamline Fuel Use
2/5/2013  30 comments
The US military is looking to bolster fuel efficiency by creating a so-called "super engine" that runs on one type of fuel and can power a number of vehicles, including ground transport, generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Update: Design News Product Showcase
2/5/2013  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Honeywell, and WAGO that we feel need a little highlighting.
Digital-Mechanical Engineers & 'Nex-Gen' Engineering
2/4/2013  9 comments
In order for Internet-connected machines to produce substantial efficiency and productivity gains, there are sets of job categories that will be needed to drive growth and help us realize the benefits.
Report: World Industrial Robot Demand Up 38 Percent
2/4/2013  10 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
2/4/2013  36 comments
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.

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