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Content posted in May 2013
Video: Mobile App-Driven Robot Bartender Makes, Shakes Drinks to Order
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5/31/2013  25 comments
Makr Shakr works like this: People download an app to their Android or iPhone mobile device, then create drink combinations. The robot makes the drinks requested with assembly-line efficiency and graceful movements modeled on two professional dancers.
Japan Extracts Natural Gas From Methane Hydrate Deposits
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5/31/2013  15 comments
In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been on a focused mission to supplant their nuclear energy with safer alternatives (more like, non-radioactive alternatives).
Straw Lampshade-Like Cover Turns Skyscraper Into Energy Harvester
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5/30/2013  31 comments
Strawscraper, the invention of Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter, aims to extend a building in Stockholm with an energy-producing outer shell made of piezoelectric straws that can recover wind energy.
NASA to Use Dreamliner Lithium-Ion Battery Packs to Power ISS
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5/30/2013  40 comments
NASA, throughout the 787-battery mess, has held on to a contract with Boeing for the design of a lithium-ion battery pack that will replace aging NiMH batteries on the International Space Station.
Machine Vision Using Ethernet Powerlink
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5/30/2013  11 comments
New connectivity between vision systems and automation solutions based on Ethernet Powerlink communications is creating simplified system architectures that enable higher performance application possibilities.
Micro-Sized Battery Promises to Deliver Power That Is Anything But
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5/29/2013  24 comments
The most significant and limiting factor for the immediate advancement of miniaturized electronics is the availability of a battery that packs a punch and is still tiny in size.
Are Your Valves Leaking?
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5/28/2013  7 comments
Here's a seminar that goes into the details of spec'ing the right valve for the right operation.
Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology
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5/28/2013  10 comments
Self-powered wireless switches, sensors, and controls are being utilized in a wide range of building automation and industrial applications, leveraging energy harvesting wireless technology to cut installation costs and enable efficient use of energy.
MIT Research Could Dramatically Improve Solar Cell Efficiency
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5/24/2013  26 comments
By experimenting with the photovoltaic reaction in solar cells, researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough in energy efficiency that significantly pushes the boundaries of current commercial cells on the market.
Your Chance to Win an Exploration & Discovery Experience & Go Behind the Scenes at NASA
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5/23/2013  13 comments
Littelfuse Inc. has created a NASA Exploration & Discovery Experience for the engineering community as part of its 2013 Speed2Design promotion.
Startup Aims to Build a Better Lithium-Ion Battery
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5/22/2013  6 comments
One of the university-level research efforts to improve the composition of lithium-ion batteries through nanotechnology has gone commercial.
Optical Tweezers Grab Blood Cells
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5/22/2013  4 comments
Yin-Mei Li of the University of Science and Technology of China developed a way to manipulate blood cells using lasers.
Slideshow: The Greenest Cars of 2013
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5/21/2013  29 comments
We looked at a number of sources to determine this year's greenest cars, from KBB to automotive trade magazines to environmental organizations. These 14 cars emerged as being great at either stretching fuel or reducing carbon footprint.
Researchers Improve Potential for Lithium-Air Batteries
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5/21/2013  2 comments
Researchers at MIT and Sandia National Labs have observed a reaction in lithium-air batteries that could help improve the design of these cells for electric vehicles and other applications.
The Internet of Things' Impact on Medical Care
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5/21/2013  8 comments
Healthcare might seem to be an unlikely target application for the Internet of Things technology, but recent developments show small ways that big-data is going to make an impact on patient care moving into the future.
Slideshow: Energy Harvesters Lift Power From Surprising Sources
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5/20/2013  24 comments
As energy efficiency becomes more and more a concern for makers of electronics devices, researchers are coming up with new ways to harvest energy from sound vibration, footsteps, and even electromagnetic fields in the air.
Video: 'A Boy & His Atom'
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5/20/2013  7 comments
Watch IBM's atomic scale stop motion film about, you guessed it, a boy and his atom.
Slideshow: Feds Study Human Brain; DARPA Wants to Make Robots Autonomous
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5/20/2013  15 comments
The government wants to study your brain, and DARPA wants to use similar information to give robots true autonomy beyond any artificial intelligence developed to date. Sound like science fiction? It's not.
Peak Sine Drive Controller Packs 15X the Power
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5/17/2013  5 comments
By refining topologies and using new fluid technology, Moog's new peak sine drive controller increases available power without increasing controller volume.
Harvard, MIT Researchers Design 3D Printed, Self-Assembling Robots
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5/16/2013  10 comments
Researchers from MIT and Harvard have designed a 3D printed robot that crawls like an inchworm and can self-assemble with an electric jolt.
We Know What the IoT Is, but How & When It Arrives Is Unclear
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5/15/2013  14 comments
IoT technology has become so prevalent that there’s now a consortium based on the topic.
Do We Really Need an App for That?
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5/15/2013  28 comments
Huggies TweetPee sends a tweet to your mobile device when your baby's diaper gets wet. Is this necessary?
Ethernet Drives Networking Advances
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5/15/2013  3 comments
Two new introductions in the world of motion drives for automation are moving toward use of standard Ethernet communications, eliminating the use of custom hardware.
Alvaro GIANT: 84 Inches of Ultra-HD Multi-Touch Display
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5/14/2013  19 comments
As some companies try to increase the quality and functionality of high-definition touchscreens for miniaturized, mobile applications, others, like MyMultitouch, are blowing up the size of multi-touch displays to create a completely new way to experience the advanced technology.
Wireless Sensor for Devices Harvests Solar Energy
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5/14/2013  11 comments
Two Israel-based providers of electronics components have collaborated to provide solar-energy harvesting technology that can power wireless sensors so they require little or no battery power to operate.
Slideshow: How 3D Printed Body Parts Are Changing Medicine
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5/13/2013  25 comments
3D printing is making it cheaper and easier to make artificial body parts from live tissue and synthetic materials.
Rethink Reveals Version of Baxter Industrial Robot for Researchers
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5/10/2013  14 comments
Rethink Robotics is giving researchers an ability to get up close and personal with its Baxter industrial robot with a new research version they can use to build custom software and applications.
Video: Get Creative With the World's First 3D Pen
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5/9/2013  21 comments
Coining itself as the most affordable way to 3D print, the 3Doodler pushes out heated plastic that quickly cools to create different shapes and objects.
Video Shows How We Can Make a Difference in People’s Lives
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5/9/2013  6 comments
PTC video looks at a few individuals who have made use of College Park prosthetics to lead perfectly normal lives, if you consider motorcycle racing, snowboarding, and mountain climbing normal.
Video Blog: Life-Changing Inventions & the Big Bucks
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5/8/2013  14 comments
DN brand director Rich Nass picks two important topics for his weekly video blog -- engineering starting salaries and the 20th anniversary of the Internet.
Voices Gives Illiterate Access to the Internet
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5/7/2013  19 comments
The Voices project is working to give people who can't read the ability to connect and collaborate via the Internet.
How to Create a Low-Pass Filter
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5/7/2013  5 comments
Sometimes you will not find a low-pass filter with the specifications you need in an anti-alias circuit. So you might decide to design your own. But you wonder, “Can I get the same performance I see in application notes?”
My Opinion on Energy Efficiency: It's Universal
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5/6/2013  7 comments
The Hanover Fair was eye-opening for lots of reasons, including the difference in German trade show culture vs. that seen in US trade shows.
Who Needs That Much TV?
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5/3/2013  21 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market. Is it really necessary?
NXP Acquires Development Tool Vendor, Strengthens ARM Ecosystem
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5/3/2013  2 comments
NXP Semi has acquired Code Red Technologies, an embedded software development tools provider. The important questions for you are, why did they do that, and what does it mean to you?
Video Blog: What Are the 'Must Have' Features of an MCU?
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5/2/2013  4 comments
Brand director Rich Nass sat down with Microchip's Mitch Dale during the Design West show last week to talk about MCUs.
Video: NASA Working on Lunar Mining Robot
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5/2/2013  22 comments
NASA is working on a robot for lunar mining operations to produce rocket propellant, water, air, or construction materials for astronauts.
Boston Bombings Likely to Boost Video Surveillance Gear Sales
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5/2/2013  16 comments
The tragic bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon are likely to spur a dramatic increase in spending on video surveillance equipment, according to market research firm IHS.
Stretchable Lithium-Ion Battery Could Power Athletes & Patients
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5/1/2013  22 comments
A lithium-ion battery from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University stretches up to three times its normal size.
Ethernet Motion Networking to Triple by 2016
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5/1/2013  12 comments
Two recent studies by IMS Research highlight the high growth rate of Ethernet motion network, and also the long-term sustainability of fieldbus infrastructures.




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