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Content posted in July 2013
Video: This Touchscreen Can Sense Fingerprints
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7/31/2013  20 comments
The Fiberio tabletop touchscreen detects fingerprints and other objects.
Computer Vision Enhances Crop Yield
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7/31/2013  6 comments
Roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have designed a system that uses computer vision to count grapes for an exact crop yield.
Video: Kinect Sensor Enables Sign Language Recognition & Translation
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7/30/2013  11 comments
Microsoft Research Asia and the Institute of Computing Technology have developed a Microsoft Kinect-based sign language tracking interface.
Don’t Agonize Over Apple-Based Peripherals
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7/29/2013  4 comments
Cypress Semiconductor's digital-audio development kit makes connecting to the Lightning interface quite simple.
Slideshow: 3D Printed Multi-Material Audio Speakers
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7/26/2013  17 comments
A New Zealand designer has 3D-printed a speaker for his home audio system made with the multi-material Objet Connex 3D printing system from Stratasys.
Take Your Social Media out to the Ball Game
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7/25/2013  9 comments
Qualcomm and Major League Baseball Advanced Media have struck a deal to provide fans with mobile access, live video, audio stream, news, and up-to-date stats at ballparks.
Bell Lab Researchers Send Data at 400 Gbps
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7/25/2013  8 comments
A new technique promises bandwidths four times faster than the absolute best that can be offered today.
Unlimited Lifetime Data Storage Using Nanostructured Glass
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7/24/2013  20 comments
Researchers at the University of Southampton have created a glass storage disk that holds an unprecedented capacity of 360 terabytes.
X-Wind Envisions Wind-Powered Electric Railways
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7/24/2013  27 comments
Turbines could bring a renewable source of power to railways and any areas where there is wind and limited space, restricted access, or noise considerations.
Redefining the Kelvin
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7/24/2013  3 comments
Researchers have announced they have rederived the Boltzmann constant with unprecedented accuracy.
Siemens PLM Uses Rapid Start to Speed Product Development
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7/24/2013  Post a comment
Siemens PLM Software has introduced new tools to help its customers speed the product development process.
3D Print Your Own Analog Camera
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7/23/2013  57 comments
Recently graduated design student Leo Marius has made an open-source working 35 mm analog camera with a 3D printer, and so can you -- he's posted all the files and instructions online.
GrabCAD Integrates AutoDesk Tools Into Cloud Collaboration Environment
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7/23/2013  3 comments
Autodesk has partnered with GrabCAD to bring its design tools -- AutoCAD 360 and Fusion 360 -- online as part of the GrabCAD Toolbox.
Panasonic, Imec Develop Vibration Energy Harvester
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7/23/2013  25 comments
Panasonic and Belgian company Imec have teamed up to develop an electrostatic energy harvester that can power tire pressure monitoring systems using vibration and noise from the tires themselves.
Video: Purdue Researchers Develop Hands-On 3D Digital Modeling Tool
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7/22/2013  16 comments
Researchers at Purdue University have created a hands-on design tool that interprets gestures and movements, thus enabling designers to create and modify 3D shapes with their hands.
edX Offers Free Online Courses
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7/22/2013  6 comments
In an effort to help those all over the globe further their education, MIT and Harvard University created a non-profit organization called edX.
Researchers Develop Electricity-Conducting Yarn for Smart Clothing
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7/22/2013  16 comments
Clothing is about to get smarter thanks to a new yarn developed by researchers in Australia that can conduct and store electricity, and can be used to create fabric with its own built-in power source.
eBay Unveils 3D Printing App
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7/19/2013  12 comments
eBay Exact is eBay’s venture into the world of 3D printing. The site has teamed with Makerbot, Sculpteo, and Hot Pot Factory to make it happen.
Researchers Develop World's First Soft Robot
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7/19/2013  27 comments
A consortium of European researchers are designing a robotic octopus they say will be the first entirely soft robot.
Design Tools Simplify Load-Pull Measurement
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7/19/2013  1 comment
Load-pull characterization is an essential tool for increasing the efficiency of power amplifiers.
Capturing 3D Images From a Kilometer Away
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7/18/2013  9 comments
A new camera system developed by a group of scientists at Heriot-Watt can render full 3D images of objects up to 1 kilometer away with millimeter depth accuracy.
Google's One Today App Makes Donating Easy
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7/18/2013  2 comments
Google releases One Today, an app that lets people easily donate to the charity of their choice.
Developers Get Early Release of Next-Gen Kinect Sensor
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7/18/2013  4 comments
The vastly improved Kinect sensor will be released to developers this year, shortly after the Xbox One launch.
Video: WiSee Takes Gesture Recognition to the Next Level
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7/17/2013  12 comments
University of Washington scientists have developed WiSee, a way to sense human gestures and movement using WiFi signals inside a room.
Dexter Highlights Its DexTemp 1000 IR Temperature Monitor
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7/17/2013  2 comments
The Dexter DexTemp 1000 MEMS temperature sensor can send alerts to users via SMS and email.
Multi-Touch Industrial HMIs
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7/17/2013  6 comments
The industrial HMI is continuing to evolve with the addition of multi-touch capabilities that are now standard on smartphones and tablets.
YEI Technology Unveils Micro USB 3-Space Module
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7/16/2013  9 comments
YEI Technology releases Micro USB 3-Space Module, the smallest 3D position sensor in its line of products.
Australian Researchers Develop Robots to Improve Agriculture
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7/16/2013  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Sydney are giving the booming Australian agricultural industry some help with its search for cheap labor -- two robots called Mantis and Shrimp that help monitor crops and provide valuable information to farmers.
Learn 3D Printing Technology at a College Near You
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7/15/2013  12 comments
NYU now offers a course on 3D printing, which results in students receiving a certificate.
Floating Wind Turbine Harvests Energy From Ocean Currents
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7/15/2013  9 comments
SKWID (Savonius Keel & Wind Turbine Darrieus) from Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company (MODEC) promises to convert power from offshore winds, as well as from the ocean itself, into usable energy.
2 New Nuclear Reactors Scheduled to Come Online in 2016
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7/15/2013  30 comments
The US recently approved new reactors that will be built at the Vogtle nuclear plant site using Westinghouse’s AP1000 passively cooled reactor design.
Shorts Recharge Your Cellphone on the Go
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7/12/2013  29 comments
Vodafone's Power Shorts can harvest energy from a person's movements to recharge a cellphone battery.
An Engineer Examines Engineering
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7/12/2013  34 comments
A new book looks at the 101 things an engineer learned in engineering school.
FPGAs Use Flash Memory to Enhance Performance
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7/11/2013  14 comments
Microsemi's Igloo2 is aimed at industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications, and security applications.
Researchers Extract Plant Material for Use in Solar-Energy Harvesting
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7/11/2013  16 comments
University of Georgia researchers have developed a way to interrupt plant photosynthesis so material from them can be used to harvest solar energy.
Mechatronics Soars in Aerospace & Defense
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7/11/2013  4 comments
This Design News webinar will explore the use of mechatronics in the aerospace and defense industries.
Video: Wood Fiber Used to Create Organic Nanobattery
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7/10/2013  9 comments
The National Science Foundation is supporting the work of University of Maryland grad students to develop a sodium-ion battery that uses wood as its base and whose components are thinner than a piece of paper.
Army Robots Carry Their Weight
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7/10/2013  22 comments
The US Army is developing robots to help soldiers in the field.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
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7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
Thermal Energy-Harvesting Research Gets $1.5M Boost
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7/9/2013  8 comments
UK Researcher Neil Fox, a senior lecturer in the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, was recently awarded nearly $1.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to pursue his thermal-energy harvesting work.
Linear Transport System Offers Mechatronic Flexibility
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7/9/2013  3 comments
A new linear transport system from Beckhoff Automation is combining linear motion sections with built-in motion networking, control software, and the ability to use PC-based control.
Slideshow: Welcome to the Brilliant Plant
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7/8/2013  27 comments
The new plant is clean, quiet, and requires less space. It also takes some of the pressure off the control engineer.
My Opinion on Increased Military Spending: It’s a Good Thing
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7/2/2013  33 comments
My simple thinking is that manufacturing of just about anything is a good thing, as it has a snowball effect.
Design News Radio: Get High-Quality Injection-Molded Parts Faster
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7/1/2013  9 comments
Plastic injection-molded parts can be designed by following some basic rules. It's also possible to get the parts you want in less time than you expected. A lot depends on the process you choose.




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