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Home and Grid Energy Storage Gains Momentum
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5/19/2015  5 comments
Tesla’s recent entry into the home and grid storage market may be well timed, but the automaker is hardly alone in its quest to bring new sources of electrical power to consumers.
Robot Manufacturer, Astronomers Battle Over Lawnmower
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4/9/2015  20 comments
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
15 Robots That Project a Human Vibe
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4/7/2015  2 comments
Increasingly, a new breed of humanoid robots can walk, run, see, hear, and even think. For some people, it’s too close for comfort.
Will H-1B Visas Kill Jobs or Ensure Survival of the Fittest?
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4/2/2015  20 comments
As the annual scramble for H-1B visas begins anew this week, the debate over the viability of the program is heating up again.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
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3/19/2015  14 comments
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Wireless Gaining Momentum in Remote Monitoring
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3/6/2015  3 comments
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
Keithley Introduces New Touchscreen Digital Multimeter
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2/23/2015  Post a comment
In an effort to appeal to individuals who don’t consider themselves test experts, Keithley Instruments has rolled out a new digital multimeter that combines a touchscreen interface with a digitizer.
Suppliers Make Manufacturing Smarter With Industry 4.0
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2/13/2015  1 comment
The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” gained momentum this week, as a handful of automation suppliers rolled out products aimed at creating smarter, more flexible factories.
Gadget Freak Workshop Demonstrates the Power of Wireless
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2/11/2015  1 comment
Gadget freaks from around the country this week learned the power of a simple 8-bit microcontroller and a small wireless card.
Belichick's 'DeflateGate' Explanation Falls Flat on Technical Details
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1/29/2015  57 comments
The ideal gas law, first stated in 1834, has suddenly become big news.
Learn How to Write Simple Embedded C Applications
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1/28/2015  3 comments
If you’re developing an embedded monitoring and control application, then you’ll want to take note of the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Embedded Development Using Microchip Microcontrollers and the CCS C Compiler."
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
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1/19/2015  7 comments
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
CES 2015: Sensors Lead the Way in Mercedes-Benz Future Car
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1/13/2015  1 comment
Automotive sensor technology is taking a giant stride forward in a futuristic luxury concept car that’s part chauffeur, part lounge, and part entertainment theater.
CES 2015: Sensors Add New Dimensions to Consumer Electronics
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1/12/2015  1 comment
With laptops and PCs losing market share to handhelds and wearables, sensors are taking on a growing role in consumer electronics.
Engineering Disasters: The Dam Catastrophe That Changed the Profession
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12/31/2014  15 comments
Eighty-six years after America’s worst civil engineering disaster, the lessons appear painfully obvious.
Slideshow: A Look at American Motorcycles
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12/10/2014  33 comments
The American motorcycle is enjoying a mini-renaissance today, as the recent success of bike manufacturers Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, and Victory Motorcycles, among others, amply indicate.
Engineering Disasters: Cracked Fitting Brings Down DC-10
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11/19/2014  42 comments
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
Engineering Disasters: A Deadly Mistake in Kansas City
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11/13/2014  52 comments
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
Class Aims to Explain Analog Design Issues
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11/11/2014  2 comments
If you’re an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Analog Design for the Digital World,” running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
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11/7/2014  49 comments
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isn’t really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
30 Seconds With Festo's AquaJelly
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11/7/2014  1 comment
Frank Langro of Festo Corp. describes how AquaJelly, the intelligent artificial jellyfish, works. Festo demonstrated AquaJelly at its booth at Pack Expo 2014 in Chicago this week.
Festo Builds a Better Dragonfly
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11/6/2014  6 comments
Combining nine electric motors with sensors, a microcontroller, and a lightweight carbon-fiber frame, engineers from Festo Corp. have created a mechanical dragonfly that can master more flight maneuvers than an airplane, helicopter, or glider.
Convergence Dives Deep into Automotive Electronics
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11/3/2014  5 comments
The SAE Convergence Conference and Exhibition in Detroit celebrated 40 years of electronics in automobiles, displaying technologies ranging from electronic voltage regulators of the 1970s to surround view cameras in the 2015 models.
Terrible User Interface Design is Endangering Our Credit Card Data
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10/30/2014  22 comments
The data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and elsewhere have inadvertently highlighted a separate and unexpected problem: bad user interface design.
30 Seconds on Time-of-Flight Sensors in Autos
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10/30/2014  7 comments
Peter Riendeau of Melexis shows how a time-of-flight sensor can be used for gesture recognition in a vehicle.
30 Seconds on Delphi Connect
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10/29/2014  1 comment
David Bottomley of Delphi Electronics demonstrates Delphi Connect, which allows do-it-yourselfers to add connectivity and onboard diagnostics to their existing vehicles.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Chip Lays Foundation for Autonomous Cars
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10/28/2014  16 comments
A tiny new tire pressure monitoring package will fit inside the tire, instead of on the stem, enabling vehicles to gather more information and help set the stage for self-driving cars.
30 Seconds With Melexis
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10/27/2014  Post a comment
Peter Riendeau of Melexis demonstrates how a LIN data bus can be used to change the color of ambient interior lighting in a car with just the swipe of a hand.
How to Design Better User Interfaces
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10/24/2014  3 comments
If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
30 Seconds With Texas Instruments
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10/24/2014  2 comments
Brooke Williams of Texas Instruments explains how TI’s new TDA3x chip will help future vehicles “see” all around themselves.
30 Seconds With Formlabs
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10/23/2014  Post a comment
Kevin Gautier of Formlabs describes the making of a carbon fiber mold for an intake manifold, using a $3,300 3D printer, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest.
30 Seconds With Stratasys
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10/22/2014  Post a comment
Mac Cameron of Stratasys describes the company’s Connex3 technology, which allows users to 3D-print complex parts in one build with no assembly required.
30 Seconds With Optimal Design
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10/21/2014  1 comment
At Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Joe Wascow told Design News how Optimal Design prototyped a machine that captures the wing-beat of a duck.
30 Seconds With 3DP Unlimited
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10/20/2014  2 comments
Melissa Cavanagh of 3DP Unlimited talked to Design News about the company’s large format 3D printer, during Medical Design and Manufacturing Midwest.
30 Seconds With iFixit
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10/17/2014  16 comments
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Corvette Z06: 0 to 60 in 2.95 Seconds
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10/15/2014  43 comments
Time was when a talented driver with a manual transmission could beat any car with an automatic transmission in a straight-line race. No more, though. In tests at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds near Detroit, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 equipped with an automatic has turned 0-60 mph times of 2.95 seconds, making it about a quarter of a second faster than the same vehicle with a manual trans.
How to Design an Embedded Web Server
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10/9/2014  1 comment
If there’s a microcontroller-based Web server in your future, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, "How to Build An Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial.”
LEDs to Light Up Super Bowl
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10/8/2014  16 comments
More than 100 million viewers will see the Super Bowl in a new light in 2015, as the game is illuminated for the first time by light-emitting diodes.
Littelfuse Takes Its Message to EE Students
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10/6/2014  8 comments
In an attempt to deal with the insidious problems of over-voltage and over-current, engineers from Littelfuse Inc. are taking their message about circuit protection to engineering schools.
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About SoC FPGAs But Were Afraid to Ask
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9/23/2014  2 comments
A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
16 Great Engineering Schools You Never Hear About
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9/22/2014  13 comments
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Class Provides Introduction to MCU Software Development
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9/18/2014  12 comments
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide."
American Diesel Cars, Past & Present
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8/27/2014  44 comments
The diesel engine, long popular on European roads, is now piquing the interest of American automakers.
Slideshow: EV Makers Look to New Battery Chargers
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8/22/2014  38 comments
As more electric cars and plug-in hybrids hit the highways, the need for battery chargers is growing.
FPGAs Cut Subaru's Test Times
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8/15/2014  4 comments
If the design of Subaru’s XV Crosstrek Hybrid car is any indication, we may now be seeing the next new wrinkle in the evolution of automotive test simulation.
Did Cold Weather Cause Boeing Battery Meltdown? Probably Not
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8/12/2014  14 comments
Despite recent news reports to the contrary, cold winter weather was probably no more than a minor contributor to the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion battery fires last year.
Video: Test Apparatus Uncovers the Flaws of Football Helmets
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8/7/2014  7 comments
Using sensors and a specialized test stand, engineers have discovered that the root causes of head trauma may lie in a complex pattern of forces that today’s football helmets aren’t equipped to handle.
Lithium-Ion Batteries to Provide Grid Support in Hawaii
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8/1/2014  14 comments
Lithium-ion batteries will soon back up the power grid on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, providing the stability to handle intermittent power fluctuations from renewable energy sources.
Study: Autonomous Cars Headed for Massive Sales by 2035
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7/30/2014  46 comments
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.
20 Engineers From the World of Sports
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7/23/2014  38 comments
From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.
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