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Content posted in June 2013
Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?
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6/28/2013  61 comments
The network security challenge in a world where everything's connected.
Video: Robot Searches Burning Buildings
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6/28/2013  31 comments
A firefighting robot rides on two wheels with a stem a few feet high carrying stereo cameras and other sensors. It can record and map thermal data and on a 3D scene constructed from images taken by the cameras.
Twisted Traces' PCB Services Are Made in the USA
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6/28/2013  18 comments
Twisted Traces is a US company making PCBs at overseas prices.
Sensor Detects Diabetes by Breath
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6/26/2013  28 comments
A new sensor developed by chemists at the University of Pittsburgh can tell someone if they have diabetes via a breathalyzer test.
MEMS Facility Is Open to All
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6/26/2013  6 comments
The Richard Desich SMART Center for Commercialization of Microsystems gives anyone the ability to use a professional level MEMS laboratory and manufacturing equipment for extremely low fees.
Outsourcing Booms in Medical Manufacturing
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6/25/2013  27 comments
Because of its highly complex nature, manufacturing in medical devices has not seen a lot of outsourcing. That is changing significantly.
Graphene Nanotubes: The Latest Advancement in Li-ion Batteries
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6/24/2013  13 comments
A research team at Rice University has successfully created proof-of-concept anodes that are capable of more capacity than typical battery anodes by creating them out of GNRs and tin oxide.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
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6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
Gigabit Speed & Power Over Ethernet
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6/19/2013  9 comments
Gigabit and PoE are two networking technologies moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices such as IP security cameras at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable.
Disc Magnet Motors Hit Sweet Spot
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6/18/2013  3 comments
New disc magnet motors fit into the design trend of stepping up to closed loop performance while maintaining the cost advantage of stepper motor technology.
Aluminum Extrusion Gives Shape Options
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6/18/2013  3 comments
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
Design News Radio: Smart Machines Make the Grade for Control Applications
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6/18/2013  3 comments
Design News's latest radio show explores the benefits – and tradeoffs – of smart machines.
Sulfur-Based Battery Outperforms Lithium-Ion in Tests
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6/17/2013  44 comments
A new battery design, which replaces lithium with abundant and low-cost elemental sulfur, is still in its nascent stages but shows real promise for giving batteries more energy potential.
Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
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6/17/2013  14 comments
The push to achieving more intelligent, integrated manufacturing is putting a strong focus on networking and connectivity as key enabling technologies.
Energy-Harvesting Shock Absorbers Coming to a Car Near You
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6/14/2013  48 comments
Now that solar and wind harvesting technologies are a thriving market, researchers are seeking other environmentally related energy sources for which they can create harvesting devices.
Culture Changes Drive Auto Design
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6/13/2013  30 comments
Siemens PLM has pointed to climate change, urbanization, and the aging population as its guidelines in automotive design decisions.
Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
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6/12/2013  46 comments
Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Two Approaches to IoT
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6/12/2013  9 comments
The Internet of Things revolution is real and it’s here -- just ask Intel and Freescale.
Video: Students Develop Tornado-Seeking Drones
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6/10/2013  27 comments
An unmanned aerial vehicle under development at Oklahoma State University can penetrate severe thunderstorms, including the supercells from which tornadoes can develop.
Mobile Machine Monitoring
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6/7/2013  8 comments
With apps for smartphones and tablets growing at an exponential rate, automation suppliers are responding with development tools that simplify integration of these devices with machine controllers and factory networks.
Motors for Portable Medical Devices
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6/6/2013  5 comments
Understanding the advantages of different motor technologies is essential for designing motion solutions for low power, portable medical applications.
Student Team Designs Solar-Powered Wheelchair
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6/4/2013  39 comments
A solar-powered wheelchair designed by students in UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science won first place in a contest held in conjunction with last year’s World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Video: RoboBee Finally Takes Off
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6/4/2013  15 comments
An engineering team at Harvard University's Microrobotics Lab has completed the maiden flight of its tiny RoboBee robot. The controlled flight of the insect-sized robot that flaps its wings is considered a robotics first.
Researchers Poke Holes in Solar Cells to Improve Efficiency
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6/3/2013  12 comments
The method, called “dark solar,” has been developed by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and it enables the cells to reflect only 2 percent of the sunlight that reaches them.
Misconceptions About 3D Printing
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6/3/2013  18 comments
Brand director Rich Nass moderated a recent radio show on 3D printing. Bottom line -- the technology is here for the long haul.




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At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Self-driving vehicle technology could grow rapidly over the next two decades, with nearly 95 million “autonomous-capable” cars being sold annually around the world by 2035, a new study predicts.
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
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