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Why Isn't the Biomedical Industry Adopting MEMS?
Blog 
10/30/2015  Post a comment
Microelectromechanical systems have made their way into biomedical devices. However, technical and business challenges remain until the full potential of these systems in the biomedical field can be realized
iPhone 6s Teardown: Digging to the Core of Apple's New Phone
Blog 
10/29/2015  1 comment
Apple's iPhone 6s boasts a load of new features over the previous model. Let's tear it down and see what's inside the iPhone 6s slightly thinner exterior.
10 of the Scariest True Stories in Engineering History
Blog 
10/28/2015  14 comments
From resurrecting the dead, to occult rituals and man-eating robots, this Halloween we've rounded up 10 of history's creepiest true engineering tales.
Here Are 6 Real Technologies From 'Back to the Future II'
Blog 
10/21/2015  Post a comment
In honor of Back to the Future Day we're taking a look at some of the film's coolest technologies, and their real-life counterparts.
PackSpec 2.0 Promises to Standardize Packaging Machinery
Blog 
10/20/2015  Post a comment
With PackSpec 2.0, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control aims to finally create a template for a generic, PackML-compliant machine.
Have You Entered In Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards Yet?
Blog 
10/19/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation and Control, Design Hardware and Software, Electronics and Test, and Materials and Assembly.
The 20 Worst Inventions of All Time — Part 2
Blog 
10/19/2015  39 comments
From useless to outright ridiculous - here's a collection of the top ten gadgets and inventions that never should have left the drawing board.
Robo Wunderkind Uses LEGO Concept To Teach Kids to Code, Build Robots
STEM Connection 
10/16/2015  Post a comment
Robo Wunderkind is another robotics kits that uses LEGOs as a design model for teaching small children the basics of coding.
Bosch Rexroth: Put Mechatronics to Work in Overcoming Automation Complexity
Blog 
10/15/2015  1 comment
Bosch Rexroth took the opportunity to show mechatronics’ influence in manufacturing automation processes through a demonstration called Mechatronics @ Work at the recent Pack Expo.
Will Robots Put You Out of a Job, Or Give You a New One?
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2015  7 comments
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
Hip-Hop Puts ‘Motion’ to Newton’s Laws in NASA-Honeywell STEM Program
STEM Connection 
10/7/2015  Post a comment
Honeywell and NASA's FMA Live! Forces of Nature show uses hip-hop to teach physics lessons and is currently on its Fall 2015 tour in the Midwest.
6 Tips for Raising a Kid to Love STEM
STEM Connection 
10/2/2015  9 comments
Schools can't be solely responsible if we want our children to be successful in STEM. It has to be a lifestyle.
TI Teams with UMD To Bring Hands-On Learning to First-Year Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
10/1/2015  Post a comment
First-year electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Maryland are getting unique, hands-on experience in a newly opened on-campus laboratory thanks to a partnership between Texas Instruments.
Energy-Harvesting Bike, People Path Over Thames River to Power Londoners
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10/1/2015  Post a comment
A project to build an eight-mile floating pedestrian and cycle path that leverages solar, wind, and tidal energy to support its own infrastructure is now seeking funding.
Why Aren't Surgeons Embracing Innovative Medical Technology?
Blog 
9/29/2015  4 comments
Breakthrough technologies to make surgeons' jobs easier are being developed all the time. So why haven't they been so easily convinced?
ISO 9001 Revision Puts Risk and Quality Management Closely Together
Blog 
9/26/2015  1 comment
Among the higher-level changes in ISO 9001:2015, there is heightened importance of risk-based thinking. But what about prevention?
The 20 Worst Inventions of All Time — Part 1
Blog 
9/25/2015  53 comments
For every invention that changed our lives, there was a slew of dumb contraptions. We're taking a look at history's 20 biggest failures.
ASU To Lead White House-Backed Initiative To Attract Minority Women to STEM
STEM Connection 
9/25/2015  2 comments
The White House Council for Women and Girls has appointed Arizona State University to lead a consortium committed to supporting minority girls and women in STEM fields.
How Can Wireless Health Get the Most Out of Wearables and Sensors?
Blog 
9/19/2015  Post a comment
Wireless health product and service opportunities span a wide spectrum of patient needs. Here's a look at the key approaches to application design success.
Prosthetic Hand Gives Paralyzed Patient a Sense of Touch
Blog 
9/18/2015  1 comment
A mind-controlled mechanical hand, developed by DARPA and researchers at Johns Hopkins university, gives a paralyzed patient the ability to “feel” physical sensations.
Siemens: Big Data Will Redefine Industrial Services
Blog 
9/17/2015  2 comments
The industrial giant is betting on Big Data to create new business models around product development and lifecycle management.
Your Humble Old Bicycle Is Getting Revved Up by IoT
Blog 
9/17/2015  3 comments
Bicycles are getting connected to make the riding experience safer, more reliable, and just plain groovier.
Kids Solve Everyday Problems in 3M-Backed Science Challenge
STEM Connection 
9/17/2015  Post a comment
3M and Discovery have partnered once again to host the “ultimate middle school science competition” with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Device Translates Breath Into Words, Allows Paralyzed People to Speak
Blog 
9/11/2015  2 comments
A group of researchers at Loughborough University in the UK developed the novel device for speech sufferers using a pressure transducer, an ADC, signal processing, and pattern-recognition software.
Energy Harvesting Digs Into Human Motion and Wearable Materials
Blog 
9/9/2015  Post a comment
We look at two creations that can generate power on the order of tens of watts. One of them can use a range of materials, from polymers to paper.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
News 
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
National Instruments and IBM Testbed Works on Predictive Maintenance
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9/8/2015  Post a comment
Motivated by IoT and hugely expensive industrial machinery breakdowns, NI and IBM want to bring new predictive maintenance analytics modeling techniques and industrial networking standards.
Gadget Freak Case #272: Motion Sensor Light Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/3/2015  10 comments
This homemade laser switch gives you multiple light control options using simple hand gestures.
Virtual Reality Is Changing the Game of Sports
Blog 
8/19/2015  Post a comment
While virtual reality is bringing new dimensions to video games, it is also being used in real-life sports to take players and fans to the next level.
When the Internet of Things Doesn't Make Sense
Blog 
8/18/2015  16 comments
Implementing Internet of Things functionality into a product is often technically feasible. But is it really a good idea? In some cases, the IoT simply doesn't make sense.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
Blog 
8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
Graphical Programming Allows Small Staff to Design Big Machine
Electronics News 
8/18/2015  3 comments
How did Firefly Equipment design a machine without the help of software engineers?
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
Blog 
8/14/2015  4 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
Robot Brains Made of E. coli Bacteria?
Blog 
8/13/2015  3 comments
Engineered E. coli bacteria are showing up everywhere from fuel to fashion. Now Virginia Tech researchers are using them to construct robot brains.
Synthesizer for All Musical Skill Levels Takes Top Prize at TI Design Challenge
STEM Connection 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Two University of Florida students have created a synthesizer that allows people of all musical skill levels—even the disabled— to make music.
Tiny Robotic 'Wrist' Has the Skill to Perform Brain Surgery
Blog 
8/12/2015  Post a comment
A tiny mechanical wrist, developed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, is dexterous enough to perform even brain surgery procedures.
Mechatronics Propels New Medtech Designs in Prosthesis, Surgery, and Mobility
Blog 
8/10/2015  Post a comment
Lifelike prostheses, better noninvasive surgery tools, and a more nimble wheelchair are just a few examples of which the multidisciplinary field of mechatronics is helping medical device makers make lives better.
Peering Into a Future Full of Robots
Blog 
8/7/2015  10 comments
Robots have always inspired fear in movies and science fiction, but as robots become more and more entrenched as service aides, just how much are we doing to prevent life from imitating art?
A University Blends Mechatronics with Real-World Problem-Solving
STEM Connection 
8/5/2015  1 comment
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
Blog 
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
Augmented Reality Is Finding Success in Enterprise
Blog 
7/31/2015  Post a comment
While there are tremendous opportunities in the consumer space for AR, a Juniper Research report says the enterprise AR market will grow tenfold by 2019.
Taking it Slow to Stop Burning Rubber
Sherlock Ohms 
7/31/2015  2 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
5 Killer Reasons the Apple Watch Is Just Getting Started
Blog 
7/24/2015  2 comments
Apple’s latest watchOS update, which is set to be released this fall, will finally usher in an era of killer apps for the Apple Watch.
10 Technologies That Will Turn You Into a Superhero
Blog 
7/20/2015  2 comments
As far out as a lot of superhero technologies and abilities are, a lot of the technology seen in comic books has inspired or been inspired by real technologies being developed today.
Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials
Blog 
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
Blog 
7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
Announcing the 2015 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition
STEM Connection 
7/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of college students will have their chance to show off their skills in robotics, mechatronics, and design in the annual Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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