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Content posted in April 2014
Slideshow: Top Cars From the 2014 NY International Auto Show
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4/30/2014  18 comments
This month's New York International Auto Show featured an exciting collection of 2015 releases, supercars, and EVs. More than 1 million car enthusiasts got a sneak peak at the latest trends in the auto industry.
Wind Power Is Getting Big
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4/30/2014  31 comments
National Instruments is helping Clemson University test a 15 MW wind turbine, the largest for the wind industry.
Video: Glass-Paved Roads Provide Solar Power
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4/30/2014  28 comments
Scott and Julie Brusaw are the inventors of Solar Roadways, a project to develop solar panels durable enough to be driven on so they can replace asphalt or concrete surfaces of parking lots and roadways.
XP Is a Sitting Duck for Cyberattacks
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4/29/2014  27 comments
With Windows XP no longer supported by Microsoft, plants using the operating system are now vulnerable.
Slideshow: Chatty Medical Devices & Apps
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4/28/2014  49 comments
Sometimes the best way to tell people how to do something is to talk them through it. That's the idea behind some talking medical devices that instruct people on how to use them.
Nanoscale Optical Switch Could Replace Electrons With Photons
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4/28/2014  Post a comment
Vanderbilt University has created nanoscale optical switches that can be used in silicon circuits.
Rezence Courts Tech Companies to Create Wireless Power Standard
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4/25/2014  15 comments
Rezence pushes large corporations to join their wireless power efforts -- mostly to get their business, but also push the tech into the mainstream.
Smart Glasses Rival Google
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4/23/2014  33 comments
Lumus and eyeSight have partnered to create consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses without the bulk.
Robotics Launches Focus on Fundamentals
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4/23/2014  6 comments
Focus on Fundamentals -- a new Design News webinar series -- kicks off April 29 with How to Select Drives for Robotics Applications. Don't miss it!
10 Technologies That Make Us Super-Human
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4/22/2014  57 comments
Research and other advancements in the realms of robotics, diagnostic and treatment devices, nanotechnology, and medical implants may one day make humans superior versions of their natural selves.
Samsung Gear Fit Teardown
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4/21/2014  15 comments
Samsung's fitness-oriented smart watch features a curved super AMOLED touchscreen display.
World Demand for Service Robots Still Rising
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4/21/2014  18 comments
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
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4/18/2014  20 comments
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
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4/18/2014  8 comments
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
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4/17/2014  81 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
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4/17/2014  2 comments
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
Printrbot Unveils All-Metal 3D Printer
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4/17/2014  4 comments
Printrbot unveils its all-metal Printrbot Simple, bringing durability to low-cost 3D printers.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
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4/16/2014  34 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Product Design as a Team Sport
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4/16/2014  15 comments
Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
Teardown: Dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S5
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4/15/2014  15 comments
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
The Rise of Industrial Machines
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4/15/2014  14 comments
Worldwide economic expansion is spurring growth in industrial machinery sales to 5% or 6% per year through 2018.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
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4/15/2014  3 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Internal Combustion Microengine Has a Twist
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4/15/2014  6 comments
Vitaly Svetovoy, of the University of Twente in The Netherlands, and his team, has created the world’s smallest internal combustion microengine.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Teardown
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4/11/2014  3 comments
Samsung's second-generation smartwatch -- the Gear 2 -- was released this month and is powered by a Tizen-based OS. Join us as we take it apart.
Yarn-Weaving Printer Creates Custom Clothes
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4/11/2014  8 comments
Will a new open-source DIY knitting machine from OpenKnit change the way we make clothes?
Slideshow: Hot Products from IFPE
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4/10/2014  2 comments
Here are the hot products in fluid power showcased at the IFPE show in Las Vegas last month.
Students Design Space Habitats, Tech for NASA
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4/9/2014  5 comments
NASA is once again calling upon college students to help the space agency design solutions for future space habitats and exploration systems through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
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4/8/2014  10 comments
Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Robots Aid in Search of Missing Malaysian Jet
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4/8/2014  22 comments
An underwater robot dispatched by Bluefin Robotics is on deck, ready to aid in the intensive search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing in March.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
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4/7/2014  83 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
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4/7/2014  3 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
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4/4/2014  1 comment
Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
IoT Comes Down to the Sensors
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4/3/2014  3 comments
Design News is holding a class next week in its online Continuing Education Center that goes through the basics of various types of sensors.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Digital Assistant 'Cortana'
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4/3/2014  1 comment
Halo fan favorite character, Cortana, is poised to be Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.
Product Design in the Cloud: Buying PLM by the Drink
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4/2/2014  2 comments
Cloud-based PLM is catching on as customers seek fast-to-market design and collaboration.
Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech
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4/2/2014  2 comments
The increasing interest and development of wearable electronics also is calling for new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.
Slideshow: What I Learned in Engineering School
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4/1/2014  51 comments
Here's a list of counterintuitive engineering principles that are taught in engineering school.




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