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Obey Your Cat's Demands and Build an Automated Food Dispenser
Gadget Freak 
9/27/2016  3 comments
Your cat demands to be fed on time. With some technical know-how and a 3D printer you can build your own automated cat food dispenser.
Tipping Point for Virtual Reality Is Content
Blog 
9/27/2016  Post a comment
At the Design and Manufacturing show in Minneapolis last week, Myst creator Chuck Carter spelled out the future for Virtual Reality: content.
These Kickstarter Gadgets Deserve to be Funded
Blog 
9/26/2016  3 comments
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
iPhone 7 Plus Teardown: No Headphone Jack, More Space
Blog 
9/22/2016  15 comments
Apple made some controversial decisions with its new iPhone 7 models, so what did they do with the extra space? The latest teardown from iFixit digs under the hood of Apple's new sensor-heavy phone.
In the Zombie Apocalypse, People Scream for the Internet
Blog 
9/21/2016  2 comments
According to Cambium Networks, the top choice of help during a widespread emergency is the Internet.
Fish Scales Used to Create Bio-Inspired Energy Harvester for Medtech
Blog 
9/21/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in India have devised a way to use fish scales to develop a piezoelectric-based energy harvester that could potentially power medical and other small electronic devices.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
Blog 
9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
Experience VR at ESC Minneapolis With GigaParts
Blog 
9/20/2016  Post a comment
Engineers wanting a first-hand look at the latest virtual reality technologies are going to get their chance at ESC Minneapolis this week.
New Nanoscale Structures Give Metals a Boost
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2016  Post a comment
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Submit Your Nominations for the ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge Awards
Features 
9/15/2016  Post a comment
Nominations are now being accepted for the ARM TechCon 2016 Innovation Challenge Awards. Highlight your most innovative product today.
VR Is Having a Hard Time, But It's Here to Stay
Blog 
9/15/2016  1 comment
While market reports show slow going for virtual reality adoption, noted video game developer Chuck Carter says VR is here to stay, and that video games will be the driving force behind all of its applications, from entertainment to enterprise.
Your Next Job May Be As a 3D Printing Consultant
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2016  Post a comment
According to freelance website Upwork, demand has risen sharply since last year for engineers with experience of all kinds in 3D printing and AM.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
Blog 
9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
Can Learning about Manufacturing Technologies Help Redirect Young Lives?
Blog 
9/12/2016  Post a comment
Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center aims to inspire young adults to shape their worlds for the better.
Radio Technology Lets Wearables Piggyback on Power from Larger Devices
Blog 
9/9/2016  Post a comment
New radio technology from researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst allows low-power devices to run by piggybacking on power from larger devices
See The Latest in Innovative Materials at the MD&M Innovation Tour
Engineering Materials 
9/9/2016  Post a comment
A fun and informative tour you can attend at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, MD&M Minneapolis, and other events there, is the Materials Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon. I'll be leading it.
The iPhone 7 Is Crammed With New Sensor Technologies
Blog 
9/8/2016  22 comments
With the iPhone 7, Apple has finally made an iPhone upgrade that is more function than form, with a number of improvements in the device's sensor and chip technologies and a farewell to a consumer favorite analog technology.
Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly
Blog 
9/7/2016  8 comments
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows tepid salary and job growth for engineers.
Tech Trivia: Know Your Stuff? Win Some Stuff.
Blog 
9/7/2016  Post a comment
Think you’re smart? Prove it. Come down to the ESC all-for-fun tech trivia session and maybe win a prize.
Qualcomm Targets Its New VR Development Platform at OEMs
Blog 
9/6/2016  2 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820VR looks like any other virtual reality (VR) headset, but its actually part of a plan by the company to enable OEMs to develop their own VR hardware and applications.
Kick Start Your Harley and Never Open Your Mailbox Again
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
Design News has a long Gadget Freak history and today we revisit some of the more memorable projects that actually help solve problems.
Nanofarm Grows Fresh Veggies in Your Kitchen
Electronics News 
9/1/2016  5 comments
By eliminating pumps, sensors, and actuators, a start-up has created a home appliance that autonomously grows food, and costs about half as much as its predecessors.
The 9 Worst Apple Products of All Time
Blog 
8/30/2016  6 comments
Perfection is a laudable, but ultimately unattainable, goal, even for the world's most successful consumer electronics company. You know the hits; here are Apple's all-time greatest misses.
15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
Blog 
8/29/2016  3 comments
Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.
3 Recommendations for Reducing the Costs and Complexities of Certifying Smart Appliances
Blog 
8/29/2016  Post a comment
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers. 
3D Printing at the Microscale Will Cut Cost and Size
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems have now been used by several customers for printing 3D polymer and composite structures at the micron scale with embedded electronics and biomedical applications.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
Blog 
8/24/2016  2 comments
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
Earbuds: The New Sensor Solution for Heart Monitoring
News 
8/23/2016  Post a comment
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
Cyber Criminals Are Lurking on Trusted Sites
Blog 
8/23/2016  3 comments
Cyber criminals have taken to hiding in common CMS platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal.
The Apple Car: A Bridge Too Far?
Blog 
8/22/2016  9 comments
In the war for consumer dollars, Apple needs another win. But is the rumored Apple Car too far of a reach for the iPhone giant?
You'll Need an RFID Implant to Fire This Smart Gun
Blog 
8/22/2016  24 comments
A biohacker has prototyped a novel solution to smart guns -- implanting gun owners with RFID implants so only they can fire them.
How Heat Affects Camera Design and What to Do About It
Blog 
8/22/2016  Post a comment
The landscape of product development is changing. Electronic components and the devices that use them are shrinking, while power and functionality are rising. As a result, heat management is now in the forefront of the design process.
Lessons From BattleBots on Engineering and Combat
Blog 
8/19/2016  3 comments
Ahead of their appearance at Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, we look at some of the engineering behind two robots from the hit show, BattleBots, as well as some tried-and-true fighting tactics engineers should keep in mind when taking their own robots into battle.
Safety Advances for Plant Robots
Product News 
8/19/2016  Post a comment
ABB's SafeMove2 provides a robot safety system designed to allow robots and humans to work side-by-side.
The Autonomous Zombie Defense System
Gadget Freak 
8/18/2016  1 comment
Halloween will be here before you know it. And the zombie apocalypse may come even sooner. Best to prepare yourself by building your own security system to safeguard against the walking dead.
How Engineers Are Dealing with Challenges of Optical Heart Rate Monitoring
Electronics News 
8/18/2016  Post a comment
Five years ago, optical heart rate tracking seemed like an obvious successor to the popular chest straps used by many fitness buffs, but the technology has faced myriad engineering challenges on its way to market acceptance.
The Digital Plant Will Transform Industries
Blog 
8/18/2016  1 comment
A panel discussion at the Advanced Technology Conference in Minneapolis in September will look at the disruptive advances in digital manufacturing.
Do Optical Sensors Provide Reliable Heart Rate Data?
Electronics News 
8/17/2016  2 comments
Optical heart rate monitors, hailed as a promising new technology when they hit the market a few years ago, are starting to see some backlash.
GE Takes the Digital Pulse of the Plant
Blog 
8/17/2016  1 comment
GE Digital's Plant Pulse Optimizer gathers plant data from disparate systems and displays it together on one screen.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Say Hello with LEDs
Blog 
8/16/2016  Post a comment
Networking can be made easier with one of these ESC mesh-networked electronic badges.
6 New Plastics For Cars, Electronics & Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2016  1 comment
These new plastics are all aimed at cars, electronics and electrical components, plus medical devices, medical tool sterilization, and cleaning.
GoPiGo Turns a Raspberry Pi Into a Robot Car
Blog 
8/15/2016  Post a comment
Take a look at the GoPiGo robotics kit that lets students and hobbyists build a programmable mobile robot.
Rapid Prototyping Is Critical to the Realization of 5G
Blog 
8/11/2016  1 comment
To reap the benefits of 5G technology, researchers need a faster path to prototype.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
Blog 
8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
Blog 
8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Two new free extensions to the open standard 3MF file format for 3D printing have been released by the 3MF Consortium. Both are aimed at high-volume additive manufacturing operations run by either service bureaus or large OEMs.
Can Massive MIMO Deliver on the Promise of 5G?
Blog 
8/5/2016  Post a comment
New research from the University of Bristol and Lund University is pointing at Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) as the frontrunner to deliver 5G wireless to the masses.
A 'Portal' Sentry Turret to Guard Your DIY Lab
Gadget Freak 
8/4/2016  6 comments
Need some security in your DIY workshop? Gadget Freak Ben Pawlowski and his team show you how to build a security camera/alarm modeled after the turret guns from the popular video game, Portal.
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Your cat demands to be fed on time. With some technical know-how and a 3D printer you can build your own automated cat food dispenser.
At the Design and Manufacturing show in Minneapolis last week, Myst creator Chuck Carter spelled out the future for Virtual Reality: content.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
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