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Content posted in March 2013
Slideshow: A Day at the NY Auto Show
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3/29/2013  14 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass recently spent the day at the NY International Auto Show. Here's a sampling of what he saw.
Quantum Cryptography Secures the Electrical Grid
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3/29/2013  13 comments
Los Alamos National Laboratory develops Quantum Cryptography methods to protect the electrical grid from unwanted observers.
What Can You Do With 1 Trillion Frames/s?
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3/29/2013  10 comments
If you’re in the Boston area on April 10 or 11, plan to stop by the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to check out our Design & Manufacturing New England show.
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
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3/28/2013  19 comments
A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
Raspberry Pi-Powered Projector Tells You How Fast You’re Riding Your Bike
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3/28/2013  16 comments
The Raspberry Pi-powered speedometer was designed by Matt Richardson for nighttime bike riding.
NASA Uses Video Processing to Study Hurricanes & Wildfires
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3/27/2013  12 comments
Advanced video processing and networking deployed aboard NASA's Global Hawk as part of its Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel mission use a full motion video compression appliance to provide visual situational awareness of hurricanes and wildfires.
Cyberwarfare Rising as Governments Embrace the Digital Battlefield
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3/27/2013  26 comments
Cyberwarfare is at an all time high and key players are considering cyber attacks as a formal declaration of war.
Robot Helps People Walk Again
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3/26/2013  32 comments
The Ekso wearable robot applies torque to the hip, knee, and ankle joints to help people move, powered by a computer worn by the patient in a backpack.
Robotic Rat Used to Advance Depression Research
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3/26/2013  11 comments
Scientists at Waseda University in Japan have created a robotic rat as part of their research into depression.
Slideshow: Engineering Apps You Need to Know About
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3/25/2013  22 comments
There are plenty of engineering apps on the various markets, and industry standardizing corporations are getting into the game. It's time to become familiar.
Rich's Video Blog: Airplane Engine Difficulties & Cars From 3D Printers
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3/25/2013  17 comments
Rich's recent flight showed that it's not just the Dreamliner that's having difficulties. And have you heard of the car that was manufactured with a 3D printer?
Army Uses 3D-Printed Tentacles to Help Robots Manipulate Objects
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3/25/2013  5 comments
Army researchers designed suction cups to be used on robots that can replace humans in perilous situations, such as during disaster-recovery efforts.
Design West: How to Fund Your Tech Startup With Kickstarter
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3/25/2013  7 comments
Ever wonder how to get your project going through Kickstarter? Start here.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
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3/22/2013  23 comments
Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Product Showcase: Recent Highlights
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3/22/2013  3 comments
We’ve just posted some products in our showcase from HEIDENHAIN, Master Bond, and Tolomatic that deserve a little attention.
Slideshow: Competitors Gear Up For DARPA Robot Challenge
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3/21/2013  33 comments
The stage has been set for a $2 million Department of Defense competition to develop a robot that could perform a number of physical tasks that might be required to respond to an emergency.
Video: DropTag Gives Packaging & Shipping Information in Real-Time
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3/21/2013  27 comments
The DropTag from Cambridge Consultants comes with a smartphone app that gives uses the ability to monitor package health.
ConnectSmart App Monitors Solar Inverters
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3/21/2013  6 comments
You can expect a continuing wave of mobile apps (like the Danfoss SolarApp) for monitoring all types of industrial equipment over the next couple of years.
German Student Creates Device That Harvests Energy From Air
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3/20/2013  84 comments
A German university student has designed an energy harvester that derives energy from electromagnetic fields in the air to recharge small batteries and appliances.
Slideshow: See the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment in Action
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3/20/2013  20 comments
Joint Robotics Repair Detachment (JRRD) keeps the US military's robot armada up and running.
Google Offers Sneak Peek at Your Available Spectrum
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3/19/2013  12 comments
Google.org, the Internet mogul's charitable arm, is publicizing a Spectrum Database that can be used to monitor white space across the US.
Some Cool Happenings in Motors
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3/19/2013  5 comments
The recent co-located Design and Manufacturing event held last month in Anaheim was an unveiling site for a few new motors, and they were pretty different from some of the products we’ve seen in the past.
Stringed Nano Beads Could Improve Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries
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3/19/2013  16 comments
A team at the University of Maryland has created nanoscale beads of silicon that could extend the number of charging cycles lithium-ion batteries can go through by about 10 times the current design.
Autodesk Updates Socialcam Mobile App
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3/18/2013  15 comments
The latest update to the Socialcam mobile app puts Autodesk's award-winning visual expertise in the hands of the average consumer.
3D-Printed Hybrid Car Drives Toward Mass Production
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3/15/2013  17 comments
KOR EcoLogic has teamed with Stratasys's RedEye On Demand 3D printing business unit to fabricate a lightweight electric car, Urbee, that could take to the streets in about two years.
Video: Open-Source Oximeter Prototype Is Bluetooth Connected
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3/15/2013  8 comments
The SmartPulse prototype from SmartMaker is a Bluetooth-connected blood-oxygen sensor set to open-source the medical niche.
Cognitive Control in the Real World
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3/15/2013  12 comments
Control systems have evolved over time from fixed value controllers to adaptive control systems.
Energy-Harvesting Soccer Ball Gets a Kickstart
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3/14/2013  21 comments
Uncharted Play Inc. founders have developed a prototype soccer ball that captures the kinetic energy created when it is kicked or thrown.
How Ethernet Is Expanding Its Role
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3/14/2013  19 comments
Belden has tried to understand the role of mission-critical communications for manufacturing and has identified four themes that are driving the expansion of industrial networks.
Rich’s Video Blog: Autodesk, the Oscars & The Big Bang Theory
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3/13/2013  6 comments
Design News brand director Rich Nass geeks out about Autodesk, the Oscars, and his favorite television show.
Slideshow: Y Combinator Hackathon's Prize-Winning Designs
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3/13/2013  6 comments
Imagine sending an Instagram to your Internet toaster and printing it -- on whole wheat or white bread. Imagine creating your own vision for a variant of Google's Project Glass.
The Focus on Integrated Industry
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3/12/2013  9 comments
Hannover Messe 2013, the gigantic industrial technology event coming up on April 8-12, will be staged this year under the banner of "Integrated Industry."
Mars Rover Mining – an Engineering Feat
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3/12/2013  24 comments
NASA recently announced that the Mars rover Curiosity had collected the first sample from the interior of a rock on another planet.
Trends in Integrated Motor Drives
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3/11/2013  4 comments
Servo motion packaged as integrated motor drives is gaining greater acceptance, energized by the attractiveness of distributed motion and I/O solutions, and the key role it plays in enabling modular machine designs.
Opto 22 Develops Tool to Build Mobile Automation, Monitoring & Control Interfaces
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3/11/2013  11 comments
Automation and control system provider Opto 22 is readying the release of a new tool that will allow engineers to build and deploy mobile, web-based automation, monitoring, and control interfaces for a variety of device platforms regardless of operating system.
Integration in Industrial Plant Control
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3/8/2013  6 comments
ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA Release 5.1 includes powerful object oriented tools to model and integrate the whole life cycle of plant and product.
Slideshow: MIT Engineering Students Design Wish-List Devices for Physicians
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3/5/2013  15 comments
Many physicians at one time or another have probably thought their jobs might be a lot easier if they had custom-made devices to help them perform procedures. For the past nine years, a class at MIT has been making some of these wishes reality.
Check Out Rich’s Video
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3/4/2013  27 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass has some things to get off his chest.
Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
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3/4/2013  65 comments
The palm-sized MeCam from Always Innovating, based on open-source software, will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends.
BlackBelt Wipes Data From Personal Devices
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3/4/2013  21 comments
BlackBelt's DataWipe cleans mobile devices of all recoverable personal information, which is important when disposing of or selling a mobile device.
Development Kits Enable Simple ZigBee Trial
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3/4/2013  5 comments
If you’re considering going with ZigBee for your end system, or even if you’re thinking about a different protocol, you might want to give these kits from Anaren a look.
My Opinion on Evaluating the Latest Tools & Hardware
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3/1/2013  1 comment
We put the latest evaluation kits from Autodesk and Intersil to the test.
Robotic Fish Glides, Swims While Looking for Oil
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3/1/2013  7 comments
Networks of robotic fish that can glide long distances, as well as swim by flapping their tails, are being developed by Michigan State University researchers to explore the Gulf looking for spilled crude oil.




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