IIoT Blooms with Applications and Possibilities
Blog 2/11/2015 3 comments Mass customization has already arrived. Buildings only light rooms when people are present. The farm soil will tell you when it needs water -- in fact, it will water itself. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is exploding with possibilities, and the deployment is now, not is some highly developed future.
Apple Invests $2B in Solar-Powered Command Center
Blog 2/5/2015 19 comments Apple is turning a facility that was planned for sapphire-screen production into a solar-powered data center near Phoenix, Ariz. The company is investing $2 billion to turn the facility in Mesa into a command center for its data-center operations that relies 100% on renewable energy. The move is part of Apple’s larger plan to have all of its data centers run purely on clean energy in the next few years.
Solar Impulse 2 Preps for Round-the-World Flight
Engineering Materials 1/29/2015 11 comments The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
Feds Launch Composites Innovation Center
News 1/26/2015 3 comments A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
It’s 2015. Where’s My Mr. Fusion?
Blog 1/20/2015 7 comments A quick look out the window confirms that flying cars and levitating skateboards, while they actually exist, are still not commonplace. We don’t have transparent aluminum yet, either.
Supercars Go Hybrid
Automotive News 1/5/2015 8 comments Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybrid’s growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
Elastomer Goes With the (Waves') Flow
News 12/17/2014 Post a comment DuPont's Hytrel elastomer long used in automotive applications has been used to improve the way marine mooring lines are connected to things like fish farms, oil & gas installations, buoys, and wave energy devices. The new bellow design of the Dynamic Tethers wave protection system acts like a shock absorber, reducing peak loads as much as 70%.
Soccer Field Powers Brazilian Slum
Blog 12/8/2014 30 comments UK startup Pavegen has teamed with gas and energy company Shell to give a Brazilian favela a soccer field that harvests energy from players' steps to power the surrounding neighborhood.
Energy-Harvesting Switches Puts Energy at Your Fingertips
Product News 12/3/2014 7 comments Arveni is offering a smart batteryless switch that operates the radio inside with the touch of a finger. The switch can be used to create an intelligent lighting system in a home or office; the radio itself inside the switch also can be used as a common connection point among different smart objects in the home.
Conductive Clay -- the Future of Energy Storage?
Blog 12/2/2014 15 comments MXene clay -- which is two-dimensional and comprised of three layers of titanium and two layers of carbon that’s five atoms thick -- was developed by a team of researchers in Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Transformed into Solar-Powered Bike Path
Blog 11/21/2014 22 comments The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
Video: Bamboo-Based Hybrid Wind Turbine Aimed at Developing World
Blog 11/20/2014 Post a comment Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
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 rider’s pedaling and other uses of the bike’s motor system to generate power to the bike’s battery in a number of ways.
DN Readers Say Climate Science Still Not Settled
Opinion 11/12/2014 67 comments Climate science isn’t a tennis match, and it certainly can’t be resolved by quoting numbers on a scoreboard. But if you’ve been watching the “Quick Poll” tucked into the lower right corner of Design News's homepage, then you may have noticed two surprising numbers related to global warming.
Why You Need to Take a Break
Blog 11/6/2014 30 comments This is the article your manager doesn’t want you to read. Are you working on a tough engineering problem? Don’t keep plugging away at it. Take a break and do something else for a while. Your manager will thank you later.
Get Your Gadget Freak On
Gadget Freak 10/16/2014 1 comment Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000. Don't delay, enter today!
Michigan Brewery Also Serves Solar Energy
Blog 10/9/2014 47 comments The Dark Horse Brewing Company teamed with the Patriot Solar Group, The Green Brewery Project, and Contractors Building Supply to create a 40-kilowatt, 140-panel system to generate solar energy not just to power the building but also the local grid. The brew company actually gets paid for the excess solar energy it sends to the local utility.
How to Think Like an Engineer
Blog 10/8/2014 31 comments Most engineers spend a lot of time thinking about how to solve design problems, but not much time thinking about how we think. Using analogies can help you come up with more, and possibly better, design ideas.
Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs
Blog 10/7/2014 8 comments As promised when we listed the top undergraduate engineering schools, here are the top 20 US engineering schools based on their graduate programs. We looked at a number of rankings and created an overall list based on an average.
Is Your Star Rising?
Blog 10/7/2014 1 comment Help Design News recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community. Nominate a Rising Engineering Star today.
The Job Market: Robots vs. Humans
Engineering Materials 10/3/2014 6 comments Some studies say that robots take away certain jobs from humans, but give us others in return. So far that's worked in the past, but things may be changing.
Flexible Solar Cell Can Be Woven Into Energy-Harvesting Fabric
Blog 10/2/2014 1 comment Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy
Blog 10/1/2014 19 comments Researchers in Canada have developed a chin strap that harvests energy from chewing and can potentially power a digital earplug that can provide both protection and communication capabilities.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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