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Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  1 comment
Forget doping. Officials at this year’s Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home
Blog 
6/28/2016  1 comment
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Nanocavity Paves Way for Thinner Solar Panels, Optoelectronic Devices
Blog 
6/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
Your Sensor Needs to be a Differentiator, Not a Feature
Blog 
6/24/2016  1 comment
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
Blog 
6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
The Latest Sensor Improves Hands-Free Faucets
Blog 
6/22/2016  6 comments
A new time-of-flight sensor could offer a solution to the problem of balky, touch-free faucets in public washrooms.
'SkinTrack' Tech Turns Human Arm Into a Smart-Watch Touchpad
Blog 
6/21/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon university have taken “wearable” technology to the next level with an invention that turns the human arm into a touchpad for smart watches.
Attack of the Tomato Engineers
Electronics News 
6/20/2016  1 comment
Teaming with chefs and farmers, engineers from Analog Devices are using an “Internet of Tomatoes” approach to improve the quality of tomato crops in New England.
Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
Blog 
6/20/2016  3 comments
Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick explained the vulnerabilities to hacking during his keynote address at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing in New York last week.
8 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
Origami Star-Inspired Biobattery Runs on Wastewater
Blog 
6/17/2016  2 comments
Engineers have developed a biobattery in an origami ninja star-like design that runs using just a few drops of water.
3D-Printed Plastic Parts Are As Strong As Aluminum
Product News 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
Global 3D printing production network 3D Hubs is now offering new engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon composites that rival aluminum in strength.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
Blog 
6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
Blog 
6/14/2016  12 comments
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make sense for EVERY product to connect to the internet? Here are seven reasons to skip the I in IoT.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds Teaches Kids to Code
Blog 
6/14/2016  Post a comment
Apple has announced a new iPad app aimed at teaching kids its Swift coding language for iOS devices.
ARM TechCon 2016 CFP Deadline Extended to June 17
Features 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Submission deadline for ARM TechCon 2016 Call for Proposals has been extended to June 17. Get your proposal in for the opportunity to be on the ARM podium in October!
ESC Silicon Valley 2016 Call for Speakers -- Deadline Extended
Features 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our goal is to deliver a unique and highly useful educational experience for embedded designers involved in developing electronics products and systems.
Celebrate the Best of Gadget Freak
Blog 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our latest Gadget Freak ebook calls out the best and brightest projects from the 2015 crop.
10 New 3D Printing Plastics For Tougher, More Flexible Products
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
Should Automakers Be More Like Apple and Google?
Blog 
6/9/2016  4 comments
With Apple and Google making increasing inroads into the auto industry, should automakers adapt by thinking more like software companies?
Laying the Groundwork For Trusted Cyber Secure Ecosystems
Blog 
6/7/2016  Post a comment
CIP Security is evolving into a more robust security framework and adding solutions for device authentication and hardening.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
Blog 
6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
Blog 
6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Arrow and Indiegogo Partner to Accelerate IoT Startups
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
A new partnership between global electronics supplier Arrow and Indiegogo, one of the largest crowfunding platforms, is looking to give the little guys a shot at innovating in the IoT space.
'Black Hole' Coating Keeps Satellite On Track
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also boosts performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
Are Firmware Updates Cramping Your Design Cycle?
Blog 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
Updating firmware in the field through a bootloader is usually one of the last activities or thoughts on any development teams mind. Yet, field updates to firmware is potentially one of the most important activities a team will undertake to ensure their product remains relevant, feature rich, and robust.
MathWorks Aims to Simplify 5G Wireless
Product News 
6/2/2016  Post a comment
New simulation capabilities from The MathWorks could enable engineers to simplify the task of designing 5G wireless products.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality: Part Two
Blog 
6/2/2016  Post a comment
The ability to perform OTA updates to ECUs within the vehicle is an essential feature. Given the wide range of different ECUs in the vehicle on many different types of networks there is no one update process which will work for all ECUs. Each individual ECU should be evaluated to decide which strategy will lead to the ideal balance between cost and vehicle downtime.
Holding Your Nerves
Blog 
6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
The Internet of Animals Is Here
Blog 
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Americans spent more than $60B on their pets in 2015. Folks are definitely spending their money on more than dog food. We’re spending on things like dog spas and fancy toys, and as you can imagine, the wearables market is becoming well represented here.
The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies
Blog 
5/30/2016  2 comments
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle
Gadget Freak 
5/30/2016  Post a comment
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
10 Breakthrough Futuristic Military Technologies to Watch
Blog 
5/26/2016  4 comments
We're talking a look at 10 of the coolest technologies being developed by the US military today. In addition to saving lives on the battlefield, don't be surprised if you see some of these in your daily life some time in the near future.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
Blog 
5/25/2016  3 comments
Here's a look at the Bureau of Labor stats on engineering jobs over the coming decade.
Indoor Location Technology Comes to the IoT
Electronics News 
5/25/2016  2 comments
Using ultra-wideband wireless, any item can be located to a level of pinpoint precision that’s never before been possible.
The Versatile Future of Coatings
Engineering Materials 
5/25/2016  Post a comment
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability.
Virtual Reality: The New Prototype Is Digital
Blog 
5/24/2016  1 comment
Visualization and virtual reality tools allow design engineers to build virtual prototypes that can be manipulated collaboratively. You can swap out materials and store data within the file.
Band-Aid-Like Battery Pack Aimed at Wearables
Blog 
5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
Video Game-Inspired Bionic Arm Comes With a Drone
Blog 
5/23/2016  Post a comment
James Young's prosthetic arm doesn't just look it came from a video game ,it works like it comes from one, too, with features like Bluetooth, USB, and an attachable quadcopter.
Mini, Battery-Powered Microwave Is Perfect For People on the Go
Electronics News 
5/20/2016  7 comments
A handheld microwave oven about the size of a coffee thermos could soon provide an alternative to cooking food around the old campfire.
InkBot: Building Your Own Robot That Writes
Gadget Freak 
5/20/2016  9 comments
Kerry Erendson wanted to create a DIY robot that could write. The result was InkBot. Kerry shares the process of designing and building InkBot and shows you how to build your own.
Google Moves on AI Processors
Blog 
5/20/2016  Post a comment
Google has developed its own accelerator chips for artificial intelligence it calls tensor processing units after the open source TensorFlow algorithms it released last year.
From Prototype to Cutting-Edge Consumer Design
Blog 
5/20/2016  Post a comment
Consumers expect their devices to do a lot more than simply work.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
5/19/2016  8 comments
Are you an engineer who is looking for a job? Here are the 10 states where you will have the best luck.
Thin-Film Coating Boosts Lithium-Ion Battery Performance
Blog 
5/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a process of simultaneously “doping” -- or adding an element or compound into a crystalline structure -- and coating lithium magnesium nickel oxygen (LMNO) with iron oxide using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique.
HP Launches 3D Printing Production Tech & Open Materials Market
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2016  4 comments
HP has launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing. At the very least, it will be game-changing.
Meet Otto, the Robot That Wants to Run Your Home
Blog 
5/13/2016  5 comments
Samsung is hoping Otto, its "home companion robot," will introduce consumers to the friendlier side of the Internet of Things as the company pushes further into the smart home market.
9 New Adhesives for Cars, Electronics Get Tough, Sticky
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  Post a comment
Nearly all the products in this latest crop of new adhesives target electronic and other components for consumer electronics and automotive assemblies. Some are alternatives to liquid adhesives, others are liquids that cure faster, and several stick well to multiple substrate materials.
Researchers Create Better Way to Boil Water, Controlling Bubbles
Blog 
5/11/2016  Post a comment
University engineers have discovered a way to induce and control the formation of boiling-water bubbles, which could benefit electronics, as well as have applications in advanced lasers, radars, and solar energy.
Smart Printed Sensors Aim at Movement-Monitoring Wearables
Blog 
5/10/2016  Post a comment
A transparent sensor material that can be printed with simple manufacturing aims to offer a cost-effective way to mass produce wearables.
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