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Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Blog 
7/28/2014  Post a comment
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
Features 
7/28/2014  Post a comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Blog 
7/25/2014  18 comments
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
STEM Connection 
7/25/2014  4 comments
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
Gadget Freak Review: The Coolest Cooler; Rotating Wireless Charger
Gadget Freak 
7/24/2014  11 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
IBM Invests $3B in Powerful Processors of the Future
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/23/2014  2 comments
IBM announced it is dedicating $3 billion of funding over the next five years to research and development of new processor technologies.
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
Blog 
7/21/2014  22 comments
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Will Robots Give Jobs or Take Them Away?
Engineering Materials 
7/21/2014  30 comments
Lots of people who write about robots say they give us jobs, instead of taking them away from humans. Based on the evidence in some recent studies, I'm not so sure.
Do You Really Need 4 GB of RAM to Type a Letter?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/17/2014  28 comments
The recent decision by the German parliament to consider a move back to typewriters may serve as a lesson, not only in the need for secure products, but also in the dangers of overdesign.
Smartwatch Wars: LG G Watch
Blog 
7/15/2014  7 comments
The LG G Watch is a smartwatch that was released by LG on June 25. It runs the Android-based Android Wear OS. See how it compares to Samsung's Gear Live, released the same day.
Researchers Develop Quick-Charging Li Battery Architecture
Blog 
7/15/2014  8 comments
Researchers worldwide are working to minimize the time it takes to recharge a Li battery. The latest research coming out of the University of California could cut the time it takes to recharge to 10 minutes.
Video: Vanderbilt Student Develops Nanowire 3 Atoms Thick
STEM Connection 
7/15/2014  1 comment
One PhD student says tablets might be as thin as a sheet of paper, and flexible, too, thanks to the creation of nanowires just three atoms thick.
Smartwatch Wars: Samsung Gear Live
Blog 
7/14/2014  8 comments
The Samsung Gear Live is an Android Wear-based smartwatch announced and released by Samsung and Google on June 25, 2014. Join us today as we take a look inside. Then, come back tomorrow as we tear open the LG G Watch to see how it compares.
Learn More About Bluetooth Low Energy
News 
7/14/2014  3 comments
Engineers who want to learn more about Bluetooth Low Energy will have their chance in an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Course.
Video: Teen Invents iPhone-Charging Insole
STEM Connection 
7/14/2014  10 comments
Angelo Casimiro, a 15-year-old living in the Philippines, has designed an insole that uses two pairs of piezoelectric discs that produce electricity when they bend inward. When a person steps down on the discs in the insole, they produce electricity. He used two sets of discs to produce double the amount of electricity that one set would allow.
Fast, Cheap, Stretchable Electronics Made With Sewing Machine
Engineering Materials 
7/11/2014  8 comments
Purdue researchers have used a commercial sewing machine to quickly create stretchable electronics from conventional thin wire and a silicone elastomer used for making special-effect movie masks.
AirDog Drone Provides the Ultimate Selfie
Blog 
7/11/2014  6 comments
AirDog is a small, foldable quadcopter that follows users everywhere they go and records their every move with the GoPro camera. The drone was intended for persons who already use the GoPro camera but want footage of themselves in action -- ideal for extreme sport enthusiasts or filmmakers.
Smart Bracelet Keeps Tabs on Your Cell
Blog 
7/10/2014  13 comments
Early wearable technology has come in the form of clothing, such as shirts with sensors for monitoring sleep or exercise levels. But jewelry-inspired technology is starting to emerge as the next innovation in smart wearables.
Teardown: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Revealed
Blog 
7/9/2014  7 comments
Microsoft released the third generation of its Surface Pro tablet, and the team at iFixit immediately took it apart.
DARPA Brings Mobile Hotspots to Soldiers
Blog 
7/9/2014  5 comments
In an effort to bring a mobile hotspot to soldiers serving in remote locations, DARPA is looking to outfit UAVs with a "millimeter-wave communications backhaul network" capable of providing 1 Gbps.
Video: Power Line Perching UAV Doubles Down on Drone Delivery
Blog 
7/8/2014  21 comments
Last December Amazon.com unveiled a plan for a delivery system of drones that can deliver packages to people living within 10 miles of a distribution center. One of the reasons for that mileage limit is that the unmanned aerial vehicles the company plans to use only have enough battery life to cover that distance without recharging. MIT is out to change that.
iPod Touch 5th Gen: The Guts & the Glory
Blog 
7/7/2014  11 comments
Apple has quietly introduced an updated version of the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB. Join us as we explore the newest addition to the iPod Touch family. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB 2014 teardown.
Video: 3D Print Your Home With Cement
Blog 
7/7/2014  10 comments
Andrey Rudenko of Minnesota has a 3D printer that uses cement, which could lead to a future full of 3D-printed structures.
Bluetooth Module Enables Easy Implementation of Low-Power Wireless
Product News 
7/7/2014  10 comments
A new Bluetooth Smart Module offers a simple way for engineers to create low-power, wireless products.
10 Engineering-Friendly Foods
Blog 
7/3/2014  37 comments
Normally itís chefs who find inspiration in food. But a number of clever engineers and inventors are doing the same these days, developing new materials, biofuels, ways to harvest energy, and other inventions by using common foods and food waste to create the foundation or impetus for their designs.
This App Detects Cancer
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/3/2014  22 comments
University of Houston researchers created DermoScreen, an app that can detect skin cancer via a smartphone.
Actions Quietly Comes in With 64-bit ARM SoC
Blog 
7/3/2014  3 comments
With a newly printed license from ARM for its 64-bit Cortex A50 processor line, Actions will have a SoC available by the end of the year, as part of its new ATM900x family.
Teardown: Get to Know the OnePlus One
Blog 
7/2/2014  8 comments
Industry newcomer OnePlus aims to adjust everything you know about smartphones, and possibly arithmetic, with the OnePlus One.
Microchip MCU Combines Low Power With Security
Product News 
7/2/2014  5 comments
A new family of microcontrollers (MCUs) with sleep currents as low as 18 nA promises to cut power consumption, while providing data protection for low-power applications.
Advantages of the ARM Cortex-M4 Processor
Blog 
7/2/2014  3 comments
Here are of the advantages of using the ARM Cortex-M4 processor for motor control, automotive, power management, embedded audio, and industrial automation.
Video: CityHome Transforms Your Studio Apartment
Blog 
7/1/2014  9 comments
MIT Media Lab's Changing Places group has developed a piece of smart furniture that serves as every piece of furniture you need. Meet CityHome.
Position Sensor Boosts Rotational Measurement Accuracy
Product News 
7/1/2014  4 comments
A new family of magnetic position sensors promises to boost accuracy of pumps and motors in applications ranging from automobiles to factory automation systems.
Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
Features 
7/1/2014  1 comment
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
Blog 
6/30/2014  33 comments
Hereís a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Storage Technique Brings Plastic Computers 1 Step Closer
Blog 
6/30/2014  11 comments
Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a way to convert digital signals into optical ones with low energy cost.
The $250 3D Printer & Custom Cookie Cutter
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/27/2014  16 comments
The MOD-t 3D printer, from New Matter, is a low-cost printer that is easy to use and one of the cheapest yet. Cookie Caster lets a user design his or her own cookie cutters and have them made. It's the cloud at work!
VirtualBench Wraps Test Instruments Into NextGen Package
Product News 
6/26/2014  2 comments
National Instruments has introduced an all-in-one digitized lab bench product that combines an oscilloscope, multimeter, and power supply into a single unit with consumer-like displays.
TI Rolls Out FRAM MCU Platform for Ultra-Low-Power Applications
Product News 
6/25/2014  6 comments
A new microcontroller platform with embedded ferroelectric random access memory could provide an ultra-low-power solution for applications ranging from smart utility metering to remote industrial sensing to building automation.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2014  9 comments
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing a thermoplastic carbon composite wheel with a matrix based on SABIC's ULTEM resin. Kringlan says its process is geared toward high volumes, short cycle times, and in-house recycling of production waste and end-of-life materials.
Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/24/2014  8 comments
Autodesk Spark brings the company to the 3D printer table with a resin-based system of its own.
Manufacturing Is Coming Back. Well, Mostly
Blog 
6/24/2014  17 comments
This year, Motorola Mobility will close the factory that it opened last year in Fort Worth, Texas, to build smartphones. It's an old argument, but there's something to be said for having your manufacturing facility not too far from the rest of your company, specifically the design and quality assurance teams, and having your manufacturing facility not too far from your customers.
Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture
News 
6/23/2014  17 comments
The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.
Gadget Freak Review: Action Sports Drone; Fashionable Wearable Tech
Gadget Freak 
6/20/2014  12 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a Kickstarter campaign for an auto-follow action sports drone and a fashionable wearable ring that will discretely alert you of an incoming notification on your smartphone.
Views of a Wearable Future
Blog 
6/19/2014  10 comments
Intel plans a hard push toward wearable tech and Samsung is already on the campaign.
10 Ways Your Home Is Smarter Than You
Blog 
6/18/2014  22 comments
The promise of the smart home is slowly becoming a reality, with the technology and services available to digitally enhance your house to perform a number of tasks automatically that people have traditionally done themselves.
The IIoT: Itís Everywhere
Blog 
6/18/2014  8 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming an important factor in the growing efficiency and optimization of plants.
Hands Up! Your Money or Your Data
Electronic News & Comment 
6/17/2014  45 comments
Ransomware can lock up your data unless you pay to get it back. But there's nothing you can do about it.
QuickLogic Gestures Positively Toward Wearables
Blog 
6/16/2014  2 comments
Wearable technology is making an impact in people's lives, and that phenomenon will continue, likely in a bigger way than we currently realize.
WeDidIt Brings Gaming to the Disabled
Blog 
6/13/2014  2 comments
The AbleGamers Foundation, which seeks to make video gaming accessible to disabled persons who struggle with using traditional controllers and games, recently launched the WeDidIt campaign. The organization seeks to raise $200,000 by April 2015.
10 Uses for Drones That Could Change Your Opinion of Them
Blog 
6/12/2014  52 comments
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are still largely tied in public image to their use to deliver deadly missiles during military engagements. This has tarnished their reputation for many people, but that is currently changing as drones move beyond their military use and more and more into the commercial sector.
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