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Content posted in April 2013
Mobile Technology’s Influence on Data Acquisition
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4/30/2013  9 comments
Industrial users are coming to expect mobile access to measurement data, according to an article that is part of a recently released National Instruments report.
Researchers Harvest Energy From Planes
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4/30/2013  23 comments
A team of Viennese researchers has come up with a way to harvest energy from airplanes to power sensors attached to a plane’s fuselage that can be used to monitor and collect data on aircraft structural health.
Video Blog: We May Be Geeks, but We Control the World
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4/29/2013  18 comments
People who attend technical conferences like Design West are often mistakenly labeled as geeks. Do you even know what the real meaning of a geek is? Check out my video blog and I'll fill you in.
Researchers Design Hybrid Solar-Vibration Energy Harvester
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4/29/2013  10 comments
Researchers from South Korea have devised a nanotechnology-inspired hybrid device that can harvest energy from both sunlight and sound vibrations simultaneously.
Video: Oxford RobotCar Takes It to Another Level
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4/26/2013  24 comments
Oxford Mobile Robotics Group created RobotCar, which has a 360-degree scanner, GPS, and LIDAR.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Go With the Flow
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4/25/2013  51 comments
Whether they navigate the salty seas or fresh water lakes, rivers, or oceans, many underwater robots can do a number of different types of tasks, depending on their payloads.
Patching for Industrial Cybersecurity Is a Broken Model
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4/25/2013  12 comments
Recent research from Belden Tofino Security confirms that patching is often ineffective in protecting from the multitude of vulnerability disclosures and malware targeting critical infrastructure systems today.
Pinoccio Microcontroller Provides Device Connectivity for Internet of Things
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4/25/2013  12 comments
As demand increases for more and more devices and appliances to be connected wirelessly to each other and the network, technology is emerging to provide built-in connectivity at the device development level.
Yes, This Was Really on Display at Hanover Fair
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4/24/2013  23 comments
As a wrap-up to all the reporting we did at Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, here are some of the more interesting sights we came across.
Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
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4/24/2013  57 comments
Professor Farzad Safaei of Australia’s University of Wollongong has developed a wind turbine that can be used in urban areas via positioning on skyscrapers and other buildings.
Researchers Use DVD Burner to Fabricate Microcapacitors
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4/24/2013  4 comments
UCLA researchers have designed a new way to fabricate microcapacitors that could provide a more efficient and cost-effective way to provide energy sources for micro devices that charge 100 to 1,000 times faster than standard batteries.
Brain-Scanning Headset Can Read Your Mind
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4/23/2013  26 comments
A non-invasive device that uses a neuroimaging technique known as functional near-infrared spectroscopy is intended to "supercharge" the way information is consumed.
Video: Danfoss Designs Fabric That Harvests Energy From Athletes
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4/23/2013  11 comments
“Stretch sensors” can harvest the energy generated when someone engages in exercise or a sporting activity. The energy powers sensors in the fabric to provide people with information about their movement to a wireless device.
Smart-City Technology Harvests Energy From Footsteps
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4/22/2013  38 comments
Energy-harvesting tiles from Pavegen store energy to be used to power streetlights or other infrastructure in urban areas.
Texas Instruments Demos Launchpad-Based Prototype at SXSW
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4/22/2013  8 comments
Texas Instruments showed off the TI Launchpad, a dev board for prototyping, at this year's SXSW Festival.
New Scale's Piezoelectric Micro Motor Lens Actuator for Micro Cameras
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4/22/2013  5 comments
With nearly two billion mobile phones and 800 million digital cameras shipping each year, there has been an ongoing need for faster focus, rapid picture taking, and continuous auto focus for clearer video capture.
Hannover Highlights Industry 4.0
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4/19/2013  11 comments
The buzz at the recent Hannover Messe 2013 centered on a German industry initiative called “Industry 4.0” that automation suppliers believe will lead to increasing digitization, networking, and an ability for manufacturers to leverage productivity advances.
Webinar Walks Through the 'Rules' of Injection Molding
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4/18/2013  5 comments
Proto Labs is hosting a short webcast on April 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET to identify four different methods of obtaining injection-molded parts.
Firebrand Offers Free Training for Life
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4/18/2013  13 comments
Firebrand is sponsoring a lottery in which one lucky winner will get free training for life in a variety of tech-related subjects.
Video Blog: German vs. American Tradeshows
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4/16/2013  7 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass spent last week at the Hanover Fair tradeshow in Germany. Here are his observations from the show.
A Chat With Bosch Rexroth Chairman Karl Tragl
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4/16/2013  7 comments
While at Hanover Fair last week, Brand Director Rich Nass engaged in an interesting discussion with Dr. Karl Tragl, chairman of the Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth.
Video: Man-Sized Jellyfish Robot to Patrol the Seas
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4/16/2013  16 comments
Engineers at Virginia Tech have built a jellyfish robot prototype the size of an adult man they say will one day patrol the seas to monitor environmental conditions, study aquatic life, make maps of the ocean's floors, and perform military surveillance.
Ethernet Process Management & Machinery Standards
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4/15/2013  6 comments
At Hannover Fair, ODVA announced two initiatives to strengthen industrial Ethernet standards for process automation, along with a working group looking at exchanging information between machines to optimize machine integration.
Video: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
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4/12/2013  37 comments
Modeled after a dragonfly, Festo's latest sophisticated robot is the BionicOpter, which can independently move each of its wings to fly in any direction, as well as hover and glide.
ANSYS Extends Tools Through Toolkits
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4/12/2013  2 comments
Allowing users to automate tasks and extend their products through Toolkits is a very useful feature, as it can help to shorten analysis and design times.
Slideshow: A Tour of the Top Cars at the 2013 NY Auto Show
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4/11/2013  18 comments
This year's New York International Auto Show featured a mix of cars ranging from electric vehicles designed for urban environments to super cars with price tags over half a million dollars.
Researchers Advance Development of Organic Batteries
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4/11/2013  18 comments
US and UK researchers have made a breakthrough in the development of biobatteries that use bacteria as their reactive material.
Networked Energy Management
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4/11/2013  6 comments
Ethernet/IP provides support for energy awareness and power management.
Researchers Develop Recyclable Solar Cells From Trees
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4/10/2013  13 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have come up with a way to use a natural material in trees to develop solar cells that pave the way for recyclable, sustainable, and renewable solar-cell technology.
Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
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4/10/2013  7 comments
Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
Charge Your Mobile Device via Text Message
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4/9/2013  58 comments
The BuffaloGrid Project aims to provide energy in electricity-poor regions by targeting mobile-phone recharging through the use of portable micro generators.
Multiphysics Enhances Analysis & Design
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4/9/2013  5 comments
Using an integrated solver that uses partial differential equations (PDEs) to solve multiphysics problems, COMSOL can combine a multitude of physics and solve them simultaneously.
DESIGN West: Ben Heck's Prototyping Tales of Horror
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4/9/2013  7 comments
If you are planning on attending DESIGN West, don't miss Ben Heckendorn's session, "What the Heck is That? Prototyping Tales of Horror from Ben Heck."
10 Electrical Engineers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter
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4/8/2013  3 comments
More engineers are getting information from Twitter and other social media, so our sister site, EE Times, decided to put together a list of the best electronics people and companies to follow on Twitter.
From Prototyping to Production, Distributors Can Help
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4/8/2013  12 comments
If you're a design engineer juggling multiple projects while struggling to understand the proliferation of electronic components, here's a tip: You can get help from distributors.
Banner's Breakthrough in Wireless Photoelectric Sensors
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4/5/2013  6 comments
Completely self-contained, wireless photoelectric sensor provides solution for control and monitoring applications, deterministic performance, and a five-year battery life.
ProBueno Turns Your Donated Skills Into Dollars for Charity
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4/5/2013  6 comments
ProBueno allows skilled workers to donate their time for contributions to the charity of their choice.
Robotic Advances in Aerospace Manufacturing
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4/4/2013  12 comments
The unique demands of aerospace and defense manufacturing are stretching robotic system suppliers to add advanced control functions to keep up the pace of innovation.
Thingsquare Offers Open-Source Firmware to Enable Internet of Things
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4/3/2013  9 comments
The idea behind Thingsquare Mist is to make it easy to connect low-power wireless devices to the Internet, so they can be connected with smartphone apps or backend databases.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
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4/2/2013  2 comments
Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.
Video Blog: Media Day at the NY Auto Show
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4/1/2013  5 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass attended the New York International Auto Show recently. Here's what he has to say about it.
An Introduction to Filters
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4/1/2013  2 comments
This intuitive and empirical approach examines low-pass filters commonly used as anti-alias front ends for analog-to-digital converters.




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