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Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
Blog 
12/19/2014  2 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.
Electronic Memories of Radio Shack
Blog 
12/18/2014  16 comments
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
Beyond Bits and Bytes: MCUs Embrace On-Chip FPGAs
Guest Blogs 
12/18/2014  2 comments
We Have FPGAs with On-chip MCUs, but How About MCUs with On-chip FPGAs?
These Jeans Will Keep Hackers Out of Your Pants
Blog 
12/18/2014  5 comments
Computer security firm Norton has partnered with clothing company Betaband on a pair of jeans that will keep your RFID-tagged credit cards and documents safe from wireless theft.
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.
Rising Star: TI Engineer Makes His Mark in Solar Industry
Blog 
12/12/2014  7 comments
Manish Bhardwaj, a 30-year-old systems application engineer who has worked with Texas Instruments throughout his short, but nonetheless impressive, career, is the recipient of this year's Rising Engineering Star award.
What’s Next in Programmable Devices?
Guest Blogs 
12/11/2014  3 comments
Programmable logic has come a long way from the simple devices we started out with. Remember Programmable Array Logic, or PALs? But where will we be in the next five to 10 years?
Is the Ring the ‘Worst Product Ever Made?'
Blog 
12/10/2014  8 comments
The Ring -- an invention of a company called Logbar, based in Tokyo with its US headquarters in San Carlos, Calif. -- controls your personal devices, such as an iPhone, from your finger through gestures and Bluetooth connectivity. It surpassed its Kickstarter goal by several thousand dollars.
You Know You’re 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.
3D Printing Stars at Euromold Show
News 
12/8/2014  3 comments
While most Americans were taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, 3D printer makers showed off their new systems, services, and materials at Germany's Euromold show.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Blog 
12/8/2014  10 comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
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.
A Shift of Power: From Consumer to Industrial Batteries
Guest Blogs 
12/3/2014  1 comment
Recent enhancements in rechargeable and primary (non-rechargeable) battery technologies enable industrial devices to perform beyond the limitations of legacy consumer batteries.
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.
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?
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.
Don’t Let Faulty Circuit Protection Damage Your Device
Blog 
12/1/2014  2 comments
Circuit protection is critical in the design of electronic devices. This Focus on Fundamentals course covers the basics of sound circuit protection.
What Innovations Lay Hidden Inside the Nexus 6?
Blog 
11/28/2014  8 comments
The phablet wars continue. Today we welcome the Nexus 6 -- a joint collaboration between Google and Motorola.
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.
Hack Thanksgiving (Don’t Be a Tech Turkey)!
Blog 
11/27/2014  21 comments
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
The IoT Comes to Your Backyard
Blog 
11/26/2014  17 comments
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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.
How to Design Better 'Things'
Blog 
11/25/2014  11 comments
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 2
Gadget Freak 
11/24/2014  3 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. Vote in round 2 of our second-annual contest.
Driverless Cars Require More Passenger Trust
Blog 
11/24/2014  61 comments
The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
HP's 3D Printing Plans Still Seem a Little Out of Reach
Engineering Materials 
11/24/2014  5 comments
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
12 Black Friday Gadgets for Someone You Hate
Blog 
11/21/2014  30 comments
Get a load of these strange product designs. What's in the water these design engineers are drinking?
van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Transformed into Solar-Powered Bike Path
Blog 
11/21/2014  21 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.
What Reality Will You Make?
STEM Connection 
11/21/2014  8 comments
Cal Poly students use 3D printing to take flight -- and pass their class.
Celebrity Engineer Teams With Mouser on Webisodes
News 
11/21/2014  4 comments
Celebrity engineer Grant Imahara will host a series of “webisodes” that will examine new technology and innovation from an engineer’s point of view.
Development System Could Simplify Automotive Ethernet
Product News 
11/20/2014  1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out a development system that aims to help automotive engineers create Ethernet-based multimedia hubs inside the vehicle.
Keyssa: 'Kiss Old Connectors Goodbye'
Blog 
11/19/2014  11 comments
Anyone who’s ever moved files from a hard drive to a computer has sat patiently waiting for the transfer to complete. But what if this process could be done wirelessly, without having to connect devices with cables, and in seconds?
Take a Teardown 'Voyage' With Kindle
Blog 
11/18/2014  6 comments
Look and be amazed! Amazon has added a new tablet to its e-reader lineup, and this one aims to perfect the reading experience. But can it beat Amazon's rocky repairability record?
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.
The Government Can Spy on Cellphones, And You Can't Stop It
Chris Wiltz 
11/17/2014  31 comments
It doesn't matter what type of cellphone you own, law enforcement and malicious hackers can use 'fake cellular towers' to track you. And the government is putting the technology in spy planes.
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.
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.
Autodesk Mac CAD Software Makes Cross-Platform Design Easier
Product News 
11/17/2014  1 comment
Mac designers who collaborate cross-platform using Autodesk CAD software will find it easier with new 2015 versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT from the longtime design software provider.
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.
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 people’s 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.
Class Aims to Explain Analog Design Issues
Electronics News 
11/11/2014  2 comments
If you’re an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Analog Design for the Digital World,” running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
Would You Let Your Kids Play With Atomic Energy?
STEM Connection 
11/10/2014  27 comments
In the early 1950s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab offered young people the opportunity to watch radioactive decay with a spinthariscope, measure the radioactivity of uranium ore with an electroscope, watch the tracks formed by alpha particles in a cloud chamber, and even prospect for uranium using a Geiger counter. Yikes!
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  46 comments
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isn’t really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
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 Angeles’ complex highway system.
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.
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.
How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of Google's Nexus 9?
Blog 
11/5/2014  2 comments
It's a good time for tablet fans. Apple gave it both barrels last month, with a pair of new iPads -- and today, Google fires back with the Nexus 9 and its newly revised OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
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