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Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
Blog 
12/19/2014  10 comments
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
3D Printing Water-Based, Biodegradable Composites - with Robots!
Engineering Materials 
12/19/2014  2 comments
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants
Engineering Materials 
12/18/2014  17 comments
Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.
Watching the Watchmen: The Hows and Whys of Body-Worn Police Cameras
Chris Wiltz 
12/17/2014  20 comments
With erupting concern over police brutality, law enforcement agencies are turning to body-worn cameras to collect evidence and protect police and suspects. But how do they work? And are they even really effective?
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Finalists
Blog 
12/15/2014  Post a comment
UBM Canon, the worldís leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.
10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
Blog 
12/15/2014  17 comments
Here are our 10 favorite science and technology gift ideas for the future engineer in your life.
President Obama Asks You and Your Kids to Try an 'Hour of Code'
STEM Connection 
12/11/2014  7 comments
As part of Computer Science Education Week, Code.org is asking students of all ages to try their hand at computer programming for one hour. Even President Obama gave it a shot.
You Know Youíre an Engineer If ... You'd Let HAL Run a Spacecraft
Blog 
12/9/2014  29 comments
You certainly know you're engineer if you count the number of steps in a set of stairs, or you use a CAD package and a wind tunnel to design your kid's Pine Wood Derby car. Check out our latest list to see if you qualify.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 3
Gadget Freak 
12/8/2014  Post a comment
Voting in Round 3 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Amazon Enlists Robotic Elves to Help Ship Your Gifts
Blog 
12/5/2014  11 comments
Amazon's fulfillment centers are turning to robots as a solution to manage the high volume of holiday season orders.
YuMi -- a Robot for You and Me
Product News 
12/4/2014  Post a comment
Robotics company ABB Robotics has unveiled YuMi, a human-friendly dual arm robot that plays well with humans. The machine was designed for small parts assembly, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks.
Knightscope's K5 Robot Stops Crime Before it Happens
Blog 
12/3/2014  17 comments
It's not part man, it's all machine, but this robot can still be a cop. Robotics company Knightscope Inc. is rolling out the K5, a friendly security robot that won't just prevent crime, but actually predict it.
Redesigning Star Wars' Awful New Lightsaber
Blog 
12/2/2014  21 comments
The trailer for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, has given fans a glimpse of a brand new lightsaber ... and its design could use some improvement. Could you do better?
Move Over Pasta -- Machinery Also Key Contribution from Italy
Blog 
12/1/2014  6 comments
Machines Italia is co-sponsoring with Design News the UX Italia video contest, which is asking companies to submit at least a three-minute video testimonial of how the user experience of Italian machinery, technology, or other experience solutions are essential to the businessís success.
Get Your 15 Minutes of DIY Fame
Gadget Freak 
11/28/2014  Post a comment
If you have a Gadget Freak project, we have a reader who wants to make it. And not only will you get your 15 minutes of fame on our website and social media channels, you will also receive $500 and be automatically entered into the 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest.
Deep Learning is the Future of Automation and Robotics
Blog 
11/28/2014  2 comments
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation call this deep learning.
Robo-Fabric Brings New Dimension to Wearable Tech
Blog 
11/26/2014  14 comments
Researchers have developed a new flexible fabric that integrates both movement and sensors, introducing new potential for technology-embedded clothing and soft robots.
Writers Are Getting 3D Printing Wrong
Made by Monkeys 
11/26/2014  14 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Engineer Comic Works in PowerPoint
Blog 
11/26/2014  15 comments
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
Robots Are Everywhere
Features 
11/26/2014  2 comments
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. Youíll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.
Is Sexism Driving Women Out of Engineering?
Blog 
11/25/2014  32 comments
When my daughter decided she wanted to study engineering, I was very proud of her. At the same time, in the back of my mind, I wondered if she knew what she was in for.
Low-Power Wireless for the IIoT
Features 
11/25/2014  Post a comment
Low-power wireless networking can extend the network edge and improve uptime to support the Industrial Internet of Things.
Engineers Make Great Leaders
Pamela Moore 
11/18/2014  10 comments
The Harvard Business Review claims engineers make great CEOs. What do you think?
Gadget Freak of the Year: Did You Vote Yet?
Gadget Freak 
11/18/2014  Post a comment
There is less than a week left to vote in Round 1 of our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest, sponsored by Allied Electronics.
11 Robots Take Flight
Blog 
11/17/2014  9 comments
Flying robot hardware is still important, but what's getting as interesting now is some of the new uses, such as equipping them with medical equipment for aiding first responders, monitoring and recording biometric health data about athletes, and commercial aircraft inspection.
Packaging Wants Industry 4.0 to Replace Retirees
Blog 
11/17/2014  2 comments
Advanced automation is solving a multitude of challenges in packaging, not the least of which is the retired-Boomer brain drain.
Video: German Kids Can Build Better LEGO Robots
STEM Connection 
11/17/2014  4 comments
Google has teamed up with the German research institute Fraunhofer IAIS to develop and offer OpenRoberta, which simplifies programming for LEGO Mindstorm robots for German kids and teachers and lets them control the robots from mobile devices.
Do You Dream in CAD? You Might Be an Engineer
Blog 
11/14/2014  20 comments
You let us know through your comments on the last ďYou know youíre an engineer if ...Ē post that you agree and disagree with the notions of what makes an engineer tick. Here are a dozen more to consider.
You Generate the Power on Polaris eBike
Blog 
11/14/2014  23 comments
The new line of Polaris eBikes features technology called Perpetual Arc Regeneration that allows a riderís pedaling and other uses of the bikeís motor system to generate power to the bikeís battery in a number of ways.
The Atlas Robot is Agile Enough to Mimic 'The Karate Kid'
Blog 
11/14/2014  5 comments
The Atlas robot, a DARPA project built by a subsidiary of Google, is coordinated enough to easily balance on one leg and navigate raised obstacles.
Device Will Never Let You Forget Your Password -- it's Your Heartbeat
Blog 
11/13/2014  25 comments
Biometric identification for access to devices is nothing new, but a Canadian company has put a new spin on the technology by using peopleís heartbeats to allow them to wirelessly access their devices -- including their smartphone, computer, car, or even their home.
10 Programmable Robots for Kids
Blog 
11/12/2014  7 comments
Here's a variety of robots for kids that are all programmable. Some can be controlled with simple building blocks while others use programming language.
Samsung's Latest Battery Wraps Around Your Wrist
Blog 
11/12/2014  19 comments
At the InterBattery 2014 convention in South Korea, Samsung revealed it has invented a power source for the next generation of wearables and mobile devices -- a flexible battery that can wrap around your wrist.
Do Good Engineers Make Good Engineering Managers?
Blog 
11/11/2014  20 comments
Being a good engineer is a prerequisite for being a good engineering manager. However, itís a necessary but not sufficient condition: not every good engineer will make a good engineering manager, or even want to be one in the first place. This is why good engineering managers are few and far between.
What About Crowdsourcing New Components?
Guest Blogs 
11/11/2014  2 comments
The tech industry is no stranger to crowdsourcing funding for new projects, and the team at element14 are no strangers to crowdsourcing ideas for new projects through its design competitions. But what about crowdsourcing new components?
Baxter the Robot Gets a Gig at Schneider
Blog 
11/10/2014  1 comment
Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot has taken a job on the assembly line of a major energy and automation company.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 1
Gadget Freak 
11/10/2014  2 comments
Last year you helped Design News and Allied Electronics crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need your help again.
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  46 comments
Itís time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isnít really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
Gadget Freak Case # 265: Propane Ė Oxygen Cannon & Shock Tube Demonstrator
Gadget Freak 
11/7/2014  11 comments
This project is an experiment in generating supersonic shock waves called detonation waves.
Grabit Uses Static Electricity to Let Robots Grip Anything
Blog 
11/7/2014  6 comments
Designing a robot gripper that is flexible enough to grab a variety of objects -- even oddly shaped or heavy ones -- has always been challenging. A company called Grabit has found a solution with a robot that uses static electricity to pick up virtually anything and is well-suited for a range of industrial applications.
30 Seconds With Festo's AquaJelly
Electronics News 
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.
Did You Know the Lead Engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge was a Woman?
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
It may come as a surprise to some people to know that it was a woman who was in charge of engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge; a woman who was the first computer programmer; and a woman who designed an important junction of Los Angelesí complex highway system.
Why You Need to Take a Break
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
This is the article your manager doesnít want you to read. Are you working on a tough engineering problem? Donít keep plugging away at it. Take a break and do something else for a while. Your manager will thank you later.
Advanced Warfare: 4 Real-Life Military Exoskeletons
Blog 
11/6/2014  3 comments
This week sees the release of the latest edition of the wildly popular Call of Duty video game franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sledgehammer, the studio behind Advanced Warfare, consulted with military experts on the design of the game's exoskeletons. What they eventually came up with is certainly very sci-fi but not too far away from technologies being developed today.
Protect Your Hardware From Hacking
Blog 
11/6/2014  1 comment
Cyber security for hardware assets has become a major issue as more and more devices get connected. A whole slew of new protection technology is beginning to show up to confront the problem. While weíve seeing plenty of attention paid to networks, securing hardware has received less attention. Yet there plenty of security advances available now for hardware protection.
Engineering Job Prospects 10 Years Out
Blog 
11/4/2014  19 comments
Job prospects for US engineers in the coming decade is a mixed bag, with some disciplines seeing a 27% growth rate (biomedical engineering), while others are flatlining (materials engineering).
How GM Failed Me
Blog 
11/4/2014  31 comments
Iím willing to believe that Mary Barra is sincere in her desire to fix GMís mistakes. Iím even willing to forgive GM for the defective ignition switch. However, after the abysmal service my daughter and I received, itís hard for me to imagine ever buying another GM product.
9 Inventions Provide Frightful Fun for Halloween
Blog 
10/31/2014  8 comments
Halloween isnít just a time for creative costumes. Thanks to the element14 online design community, the holiday this year also brings us a number of creative electronic device design ideas aimed at making your Halloween party a unique experience.
NASAís Asteroid Redirect Mission: Innovative or a Waste of Time?
Blog 
10/31/2014  11 comments
On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
Head-Turning Trends in Industrial Automation
Pamela Moore 
10/31/2014  7 comments
Robots are getting less expensive, more nimble, and smart than ever. The following examples exemplify new trends in industrial automation.
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