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Content posted in June 2012
Get Your Wireless Devices to Speak the Same Language
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6/29/2012  3 comments
Design News' Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key, is running a class that will simplify the process of testing wireless networks.
Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
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6/28/2012  30 comments
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans
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6/27/2012  24 comments
A swimming robot that faithfully mimics human motions better than previous attempts could help produce more streamlined swimsuits, improve the performance of competitive swimmers, or serve as an aid in physical therapy.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
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6/25/2012  21 comments
A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.
Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures
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6/20/2012  14 comments
Researchers at Singapore's A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research have created gesture recognition software that lets robots recognize human gestures correctly and quickly, with minimal training.
Keep the Focus on Requirements
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6/20/2012  12 comments
Adding unnecessary features to a product just because you can is sloppy engineering.
Slideshow: Samsung Galaxy S3 Teardown
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6/19/2012  12 comments
It should come as no surprise that Samsung's latest high-end Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S3, has drawn the interest of consumers, designers, engineers, and market analysts.
Settling Times Affect ADC Accuracy
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6/19/2012  5 comments
If long settling times cause problems, you can overcome them in several ways.
Slideshow: Scenes From the 49th Design Automation Conference
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6/18/2012  4 comments
The annual high-tech tradeshow sometimes resembled a medieval fair with its jugglers, acrobats, and magicians.
Understand How & Why a Dev Kit Should Be Your Design’s Starting Point
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6/15/2012  12 comments
Design News' Continuing Education Center, sponsored by DigiKey, is running a class next week that walks the designers through a series of development kits.
Slideshow: Vintage Cars Take to Indy Track
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6/15/2012  16 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 this year, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Virgin's SpaceShipTwo Gets Green Light for Powered Tests
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6/14/2012  13 comments
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo commercial spaceship, made primarily of carbon composites, has gotten an FAA experimental launch permit for rocket-powered, suborbital test flights.
Can Creativity Be Taught?
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6/13/2012  31 comments
A DAC panel asked whether engineers have what it takes to color outside the lines.
Video: IndyCar Pit Boss Talks Tires
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6/12/2012  10 comments
Get down and dirty in the pits of the IndyCar circuit.
3D Printing Adds a New Dimension to Product Design
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6/11/2012  12 comments
3D printing is in the spotlight. Learn more about this technology during Design News' radio show.
Detroit Paves Road to Autonomous Driving
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6/11/2012  18 comments
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, lasers, and radar will help future vehicles drive themselves.
Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off
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6/8/2012  54 comments
The zero-emission two-seater levitates above the road and propels itself forward using electromagnetic road networks.
Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach
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6/8/2012  21 comments
A new foundation will support the development of open-source robotics software to bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots.
Sensing Trouble Out at the Network Edge
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6/8/2012  9 comments
No matter what the environment, sensors are expected to communicate with reliability, accuracy, and durability.
IndyCar Teams Look for Electronic Edge
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6/7/2012  9 comments
New rules against changing software code in certain parts of IndyCar vehicles will limit the ability of microcontrollers to give teams a competitive edge.
Video: Five Ways to Get an Edge in IndyCar
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6/4/2012  14 comments
Even operating within the tight constraints of the rules, engineering teams can make the difference between victory and defeat.
What's in Store for 2H12?
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6/4/2012  13 comments
Design News has covered an astounding number of stories and topics so far this year, but we're not going to rest on our laurels. Stay tuned.
Humanoid Robot Fights Fires on Ships
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6/1/2012  25 comments
Virginia Tech's RoMeLa lab is designing and building the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, or SAFFiR.




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