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Content posted in September 2013
New Metals Could Foster Phase-Change Memory Devices
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9/27/2013  8 comments
Chinese researchers say a combination of metals could have potential for the next generation of storage devices, which will use phase-change memory instead of Flash memory.
Artificial Retina Is Solar Powered
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9/26/2013  32 comments
A New Jersey company has been granted a patent to design the first solar-powered artificial retina, an invention that would preclude the current need for external hardware and give a patient the possibility of near-normal vision.
Video: Shoe Inserts Harvest Energy to Power Devices
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9/24/2013  42 comments
SolePower's waterproof insoles can be swapped between different pairs of shoes, allowing people to store energy from their own footsteps through patent-pending energy-harvesting technology.
Using PACs and PLCs for Data Acquisition, Logging & Analytics
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9/24/2013  4 comments
Modern and powerful PLCs and PACs can perform many of the data acquisition functions formerly reserved for SCADA, PC-based, and other control systems.
Slideshow: Wearable Tech on the Rise
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9/23/2013  23 comments
The trend of wearable tech is in full swing, and it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.
Red Pitaya Will Be a Boon for Budding Engineers
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9/23/2013  3 comments
Red Pitaya, an open-source electrical test and measurement system, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter.
Design News Is Looking for the Best of the Best
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9/23/2013  Post a comment
Fall is in the air, and you know what that means, don't you? It's awards season at Design News.
Update: The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer
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9/20/2013  46 comments
It seems like everything these days is being 3D printed. We have seen many different items -- bathing suits, shoes, and even cars -- 3D printed and it is truly transforming how we are making things.
Video: 'Terminator' Polymer Has Potential for Device Design
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9/20/2013  18 comments
Imagine dropping your mobile device and not worrying about it breaking, because you knew the phone would bounce harmlessly off the floor -- and, even if it were damaged, could repair itself.
NI Controllers Help Modernize Power Grid
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9/20/2013  5 comments
National Instruments recently announced a new platform for its software-designed cRIO 9068 controller. This new product still uses LabVIEW programming but offers a 4x performance boost by using a 667 MHz ARM dual core processor and new FPGAs.
Wearable Devices Help Parents ‘Guard’ Children
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9/19/2013  35 comments
Inspired by personal experience, a Taiwanese entrepreneur has come up with wearable devices that can help parents locate their kids if they wander off, and aid in the location of children before they go missing permanently.
Music to Your Eyes: Transparent Polyurethane Provides New View of Cello
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9/18/2013  20 comments
A transparent polyurethane is the basis for a next-generation cello developed by Bayer MaterialScience that adds the experience of visual and digital elements to the sound of the traditional string instrument.
Growth in Model-Based Design for Automation Control
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9/18/2013  2 comments
Systems are adding new sophisticated functions and tools.
Inductive Sensor/Converter Opens More Doors Than I Could Imagine
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9/18/2013  1 comment
Texas Instruments' LDC1000 offers a level of resolution that enables sub-micron resolution in position-sensing applications with 16-bit resonance impedance and 24-bit inductance values.
Smartphones & Tablets as Remote HMIs
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9/17/2013  2 comments
New technology is offering an interesting and useful way to track critical plant production information.
Share Your Repair/Redesign Tales & You Could Win a Tektronix Scope
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9/17/2013  2 comments
Just in time for Halloween, Tektronix and EE Times have teamed up to recognize the special ability of engineers and mad doctors to get things to work.
Shock-Wave Energy Inspiration for Development of Super-Strong Materials
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9/17/2013  3 comments
How do you create new materials stronger than anything that exists today? Create shock conditions similar to a meteorite striking the Earth, exert them on the material, and see what happens.
Slideshow: MD&M Chicago Highlights New Technologies
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9/16/2013  10 comments
Last week's Medical Design & Manufacturing Chicago show attracted more than 500 exhibitors and thousands of attendees with technologies ranging from automation and robotics to electronic test systems and 3D printers.
Convergence at the Operator Panel
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9/16/2013  9 comments
An important ongoing trend for automation and control over the past decade has been the convergence of machine control systems on fewer pieces of control hardware.
Enter the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
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9/13/2013  3 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Researchers Develop Stronger Material for Earthquake-Resistant Bridges
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9/13/2013  27 comments
Engineers have been seeking stronger materials for use in bridges, such as the nickel titanium used in flexible eyeglass frames, that can withstand the impact of 7.0 and stronger earthquakes.
Video: CSR Releases World's Thinnest Touchscreen
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9/12/2013  11 comments
Along with being extremely efficient and small, less than 0.5 mm thick, CSR's newest touchscreen connects easily to the latest mobile operating systems, such as Windows 8 and iOS7.
Researchers Develop Brain-to-Brain Interface for Human Motion Control
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9/12/2013  20 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have created what they’re calling the first human brain-to-brain interface that allowed one researcher to control another’s hand with their mind.
Slideshow: Designing Liquid-Based Batteries for EVs & Renewables
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9/11/2013  14 comments
Scientists are working on a number of ways to improve battery design, especially for electric vehicles and large-scale storage of renewable energy sources.
DoE Invents Oxygen 'Sponge' for Potential Use in Batteries, Fuel Cells
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9/10/2013  15 comments
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a so-called oxygen "sponge" that could provide a new material for devices such as rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters, and fuel cells.
Are You the Next Rising Engineering Star?
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9/9/2013  10 comments
For the second year, Design News is on the hunt for engineers who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Don't Miss the Solution-Packed Seminars at Design & Manufacturing Texas
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9/9/2013  5 comments
If you haven't registered for Design & Manufacturing Texas yet, what are you waiting for?
Slideshow: JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Award Winners
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9/6/2013  17 comments
The program recognizes top composites companies for innovation and industry-leading advances.
New Servo Tech Makes For Quiet, Cleaner Factories
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9/6/2013  13 comments
Servo technology has created a significant opportunity for plants to simplify motion control while gaining increased flexibility and reduced energy and maintenance costs.
Slideshow: Newark element14’s Energy-Harvesting Challenge
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9/5/2013  10 comments
A battery-free carbon-monoxide detector and a heat-activated egg timer are the winning designs in Newark element14’s Energy-Harvesting Road Test Design Challenge.
My Opinion on Technology in Sports
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9/5/2013  27 comments
The discussion of technology in sports is front and center these days.
Battery-Free Mobile Devices Communicate Pulling Signals From Air
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9/3/2013  35 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed wireless devices that are powered and communicate solely by harvesting signals from existing television and cellular transmissions in the air.




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