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Content posted in September 2012
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPhone 5
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9/28/2012  23 comments
Analysis by UBM TechInsights finds Apple largely stuck with incumbent suppliers for the latest iPhone.
Robot Takes Care of Your Vino
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9/28/2012  13 comments
A new robot may have a hand in tending the grapes it takes to make your next glass of wine.
Thoughts Control Avatar-Like Robot
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9/27/2012  21 comments
Like the movie Avatar, researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brain of a subject who uses thought to control a robot thousands of miles away.
Slideshow: Sights, Sounds of an IndyCar Race
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9/26/2012  11 comments
Technology deep dives, trackside insights, scorching heat, pictures, memories, and a spectacular race that saw the season's points leader crash early and later return to the track, highlighted the last Speed2Design event of the 2012 IndyCar season.
Robotic Tuna Inspects Oil Tankers (& Sea Chests?)
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9/26/2012  14 comments
The latest underwater unmanned vehicle being developed for the Department of Homeland Security navigates oily waters and cramped spaces.
Do Engineers Need an MBA?
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9/25/2012  20 comments
Is an MBA a worthwhile academic pursuit or a total waste of precious time?
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD Teardown
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9/24/2012  23 comments
Amazon is not only introducing a new version of the Kindle Fire, but three other tablets meant to further establish the company as a viable competitor to Apple’s iPad family and Google’s foray into the tablet space, Nexus 7.
UAVs to Get Robot Arms & Hands
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9/24/2012  8 comments
Researchers at Drexel University are studying how to add robotic hands and arms to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be used in flight without crashing.
Slideshow: Scenes From DESIGN East
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9/21/2012  8 comments
Dubbed "The Center of the Engineering Universe," the DESIGN East Expo Hall was packed with engineers and exhibitors looking to make their mark on the engineering world.
We Want the Top 40 Under 40
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9/21/2012  15 comments
Design News, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, is asking for your nominations for engineers who are ahead of the trends and are significantly performing in the industry.
Video: Flexible Robot Hands Get Cheaper
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9/21/2012  12 comments
Sandia National Laboratories has created a low-cost, highly dexterous robotic hand to help soldiers disarm IEDs.
Robots Get Genetically Engineered Skeletal Muscles
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9/20/2012  22 comments
Researchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania have engineered skeletal muscles they will use to build robots that move like animals -- or people.
Video: This Isn't Your Mother's Pasta
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9/19/2012  30 comments
Cui Runquan, a Beijing chef, has created an army of noodle-slicing robots.
Swarming Robots Rescue Coral Reefs
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9/18/2012  26 comments
Scotland's coral reefs, which are currently healthy but threatened, may soon get some help from groups of swarming underwater robots being developed by a Scottish university research team.
Robotic Solar Panels Produce More Electricity
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9/17/2012  30 comments
A Silicon Valley startup has designed an innovative new monorail system of robots for tilting solar panels toward the sun, increasing the amount of electricity produced by up to 15 percent and changing the game for the future management of solar-energy systems.
If I Only Knew Then...
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9/17/2012  25 comments
Our LinkedIn group members discuss what they would have done differently if they knew then what they know now.
DESIGN East, a.k.a. ESC Boston, Starts Next Week
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9/13/2012  3 comments
The conference formerly known as ESC Boston starts next week. Have you signed up yet?
Video: You Can Teach a Robotic Mule New Tricks
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9/13/2012  11 comments
The DoD’s robotic pack mule can now play follow the leader and walk backward for a considerable distance over rough terrain, bringing the robot closer to serving as a sophisticated mechanical companion for US soldiers in the field.
10 Hot Topics at DESIGN East
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9/12/2012  5 comments
Here are 10 things you can do if you are going to DESIGN East in Boston. They range from the highly practical to the merely cool.
Solar Inverter Optimization
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9/12/2012  8 comments
Automation control technology plays a key design role in balancing energy-efficiency gains with the need for lifetime reliability and low-cost solutions.
Video: Robot Security Camera Patrols RNC
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9/11/2012  16 comments
A remote-controlled Roomba-like robot with a wide-angle camera for inspecting under cars helped the Republican National Convention's security detail look for bombs.
LED Headlights Shine Light on New Power Architectures
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9/10/2012  13 comments
Automotive front lighting systems no longer use simple light bulbs. Solid-state LED drivers are providing needed improvement in the overall solution.
When Is a Robot Not Mechanical? When It's an Android
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9/10/2012  26 comments
An artificial jellyfish created by Harvard and Caltech researchers goes a lot further than biomimicry, resembling an android more than a robot.
Video: Create 3D Scans of Everything
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9/7/2012  7 comments
The Kinect@Home crowdsourcing project will help engineers create a catalog of scans that will help robots recognize what's around them.
Autonomous UAVs Fly in Swarms
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9/7/2012  16 comments
Boeing and Johns Hopkins University have demonstrated the ability of autonomous UAVs to fly in a swarm without a ground control station.
Robot Collects Storm Data During Hurricane Isaac
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9/6/2012  22 comments
A robot collecting oceanographic data in the Gulf of Mexico got a close-up look at Hurricane Isaac, whose eye passed 60 miles east of where it was cruising.
Calling All Messy Engineers!
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9/6/2012  18 comments
We want photos of your disheveled desks.
Video: Silicone Robot Mimics Surroundings
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9/5/2012  18 comments
Low-cost silicone robots that walk, change color to match their surroundings, and light up in the dark may soon be helping first responders and the military.
Honda's Latest Robot Mows Your Lawn
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9/4/2012  54 comments
Miimo is a robotic lawnmower that works via electronic sensors to continuously cut grass and safely navigate slopes and obstacles.
Keeping Track of Emerging Markets
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9/4/2012  15 comments
Depending on the markets and applications you serve, different countries can be at varying states of “emergence.”
Send Kids to College With Tools
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9/4/2012  20 comments
Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus taught his kids how to fix things at a young age. Not only did it give them a little independence, it also helped them make friends later in life.




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