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Content posted in July 2012
Video: Maintenance Robots Climb Wind Towers
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7/27/2012  23 comments
Two different remote-controlled climbing robots have been developed to make wind tower maintenance easier, cheaper, and safer.
Deconstructing Complex Semiconductors, Layer by Layer
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7/25/2012  4 comments
UBM TechInsights presents a free Webinar that shows how it uncovers the secrets within semiconductors and other integrated circuitry used in all the devices we’ve come to know and love.
Video: Swarming Robots Dazzle Cannes
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7/25/2012  10 comments
Flying in swarms and equipped with mirrors, 16 of the University of Pennsylvania's tiny flying quadrotor robots dazzled the audience at Cannes by manipulating sound and light and dancing to music.
You Asked & We Delivered: an iPad App
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7/24/2012  4 comments
Readers have been asking us for some time now to produce an iPad app for Design News, and now that the app is available.
Robot Pebbles Duplicate 3D Shapes
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7/24/2012  7 comments
Tiny robotic cubes self-assemble to duplicate an object placed in a heap of them.
Slideshow: Rescue Robots Save the Day
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7/23/2012  24 comments
Like many robots deployed in military applications, robots used for post-disaster search-and-rescue missions will go places humans can't.
It May Look Like 'Electronics for Dummies,' but It's Not
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7/19/2012  13 comments
Check out our Continuing Education Center course, "Introduction to Electronics." We can almost guarantee you’ll learn something.
My Opinion on Multidisciplinary Design
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7/19/2012  11 comments
Designers of various applications are all converging and operating on a project simultaneously, but what is the next phase?
Robot-Guided Brain Surgery Performed at German Hospital
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7/18/2012  21 comments
The first robot-guided brain surgery has been performed at HSK Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany using Mazor Robotics' Renaissance robotic spine surgery system.
Engineers: Have You Ever Burned Off Your Fingertip?
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7/18/2012  25 comments
We want to hear about your engineering disasters. After all, what good is a scar if you can’t show it off?
Video: Kit Turns Arts & Crafts Into Robots
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7/12/2012  23 comments
The Hummingbird kit is designed to get kids interested in engineering and robotics.
Robots Predict Humans' Moves
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7/11/2012  15 comments
An algorithm developed by MIT researchers aims to help robots adapt better to humans on the factory floor by predicting their moves.
How Do You Educate Yourself?
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7/10/2012  17 comments
We asked our LinkedIn group, "How do you learn about new engineering technologies?"
Slideshow: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Teardown
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7/10/2012  25 comments
Google introduced its first branded tablet, the Nexus 7, at its I/O conference June 27 with a price tag of $199, meaning it will compete directly with the Kindle Fire.
Slideshow: Electronics Beef Up Auto Safety
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7/9/2012  19 comments
From airbags and vision systems to communications and safety cages, we present a few of the latest and greatest advances in auto safety.
Video: Robots Develop Sense of Touch
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7/6/2012  14 comments
A new combination of sensors, actuators, and software will give them a sense of touch for identifying textures that's even more finely tuned than a human's.
Understanding Time Delays Is Essential in Engineering Systems
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7/5/2012  3 comments
The impact of time delays continues to grow in many fields, including the control of distributed systems such as energy and computing grids.
Slideshow: Scenes From the Freescale Technology Forum
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7/3/2012  6 comments
The highlight of the recent Freescale Technology Forum was arguably the Tech Lab, which showcased the company's technology in use in real-world applications.
Do We Need Indoor Navigation Apps?
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7/3/2012  18 comments
Researchers claim to have developed a way to get a GPS position fix indoors, which might let shoppers' cell phones tell them about products in front of them, or help parents locate their children in malls.




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