Content posted in April 2012
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 4
4/30/2012  28 comments
Focusing flux in 3-D can deliver rare earth size and performance from ferrite materials.
Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
4/20/2012  69 comments
To keep soldiers out of life-threatening situations, designers are trying to build small tactical robots that can negotiate rough terrain and collect and relay data.
MEMS in Sport Gains Speed
4/20/2012  16 comments
Measuring human motion in 3D using MEMS sensors is becoming ever more important in modern sports.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 3
4/10/2012  21 comments
Nanoscale structures and alternative materials promise to provide the magnets of the future.
'Google Goggles' Make Augmented Reality Personal
4/6/2012  20 comments
Google is preparing to release new camera-loaded, data-processing eyeglasses that could advance the role technology plays in our personal lives.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
4/4/2012  16 comments
Though the technology has been around for about seven years, NFC only seems to now be coming into its own, with a veritable explosion of NFC-powered devices and applications emerging over the course of the last couple of years alone.
Case Study: Variable Frequency Drives Cut Energy Costs
4/3/2012  5 comments
Increasing energy prices and energy supply concerns have placed pressure on TXI and other companies to reduce energy consumption.

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