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Sphero is a Robot Ball From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Blog 
5/27/2015  Post a comment
This is the story of a robotic ball clever enough to inspire the team behind the new Star Wars film.
Unstructured Big Data Is a Big Manufacturing Challenge
Blog 
5/26/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturers have to manage a wide range of data, and unstructured data -- from PDFs to video files -- has become a big challenge as the new world of Big Data emerges.
Siemens App Marketplace: A 1-Stop Shop for Solid Edge
Product News 
5/21/2015  Post a comment
Siemens PLM has launched an online store to help customers search for, compare, and purchase partner-developed apps for its Solid Edge software.
Top 10 Best Practices When Shipping Lithium Batteries
Blog 
5/20/2015  6 comments
A test conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in April 2014 showed that the current practices for transporting lithium batteries on airplanes are not as safe as they could be.
Will Billions of IoT Devices Become Billions of Security Vulnerabilities?
Blog 
5/19/2015  2 comments
Conventional approaches to IT security will leave the Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerable to devastating attacks, according to Alan Grau, president of Icon Labs.
Maker Movement Celebrates 10 Years of DIY
Gadget Freak 
5/19/2015  Post a comment
Maker Faire recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with familiar celebrities and top chip companies, its youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact.
Capturing the Essentials of Low-Power Design
Blog 
5/18/2015  Post a comment
Along with low-power requirements have come other design challenges, such as shrinking circuit board real estate in portable and wearable electronics and the Industrial Internet of Things requiring wireless and energy-storage-based design.
Relive Gadget Freak’s Greatest Hits in Our ‘Volume 3’ E-Book
Gadget Freak 
5/15/2015  Post a comment
Eleven years ago one of those rare, brilliant moments emerged from the crack staff of Design News: Let’s put the tinkerers among our audience community to work in designing and building some truly wacky devices. And Gadget Freak was born.
Tesla-Inspired iPhone Case Pulls Energy from Air to Charge Device
Blog 
5/15/2015  5 comments
A startup inspired by Nikola Tesla is about to launch an energy-harvesting smartphone case that can charge your phone on the go.
The Internet of Things Isn’t Waiting for Standards
Blog 
5/14/2015  2 comments
IoT will continue developing at a fast pace, even if interoperability standards lag.
Healthy Shopping App Wins Big in MIT STEM Competition
STEM Connection 
5/14/2015  Post a comment
Two women studying at Cornell University have won $10,000 for designing and developing a Web application that can help people make healthier choices while grocery shopping.
7 Takeaways Surrounding Embedded Security
Blog 
5/13/2015  1 comment
Securing embedded devices is becoming a hot topic, especially as those devices begin to connect to the Internet. There is a real threat from hackers reverse engineering a connected device.
PTC Doubles Down on IoT Market
Blog 
5/12/2015  3 comments
PTC has invested half a billion to stake its claim in the burgeoning Internet of Things world, including some significant acquisitions in the IoT market to boost its position.
7 Things You Need to Know About Designing With Micro-Miniature Connectors
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5/11/2015  Post a comment
As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges.
Omron: Manufacturing Inches toward Industry 4.0
Blog 
5/11/2015  1 comment
Just like smart connected consumer products, manufacturing holds much promise in the Internet of Things vision, in which machinery and devices on the factory floor and beyond are seamlessly connected via sensors and standardized connectivity infrastructure.
Mastering Embedded Software Development through the Processor
Guest Blogs 
5/11/2015  Post a comment
“The Devil is in the details” is a common statement used to describe how a seemingly simple concept may be far more difficult to implement than first meets the eye. For an embedded software developer, understanding these details is crucial to developing an efficient and real-time system.
Hacking Your Tesla? There's an App for That
Blog 
5/8/2015  2 comments
Any Tesla owner can hack their car. All it takes is some free, open-source software.
The End of Throwing It Over the Wall
Guest Blogs 
5/8/2015  4 comments
We do not need to go back to the days of the workshop where the artist and the craftsman worked side by side, but we do need to get beyond the idea of specializing in one function and pushing a product design down the line to the next colleague.
IoT Buzz Sounds Like the Dot Com Era
Blog 
5/7/2015  3 comments
PTC's LiveWorx 2015 IoT conference is tauting the transformative power of connected everything.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
Blog 
5/7/2015  11 comments
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today’s youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen’s assessment.
The Supply Chain Is Lacking a Common Standard for Wearables
Blog 
5/7/2015  1 comment
Wearables are expected to play an integral role in the Internet of Things (IoT), but before they do that, they must able to communicate with thousands and possibly millions of different devices.
Backpack Is a Wireless, Wearable Charging System
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5/7/2015  Post a comment
The Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) combines wearable technology and wireless power sources to create a complete power system for personal electronics.
5 Challenges in Wearable Product Design You Can’t Afford to Forget
Guest Blogs 
5/6/2015  1 comment
Because of the increasing ubiquity of wearable technology, it would be easy to think that design of wearable devices is routine and involves common design and engineering knowledge. Missed efforts in development will be remembered once the devices are used in the field
10 New Fasteners & Adhesives Keep It All Together
Engineering Materials 
5/6/2015  7 comments
This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
Integrating Testing and Certification Elevates Product Development
Guest Blogs 
5/6/2015  Post a comment
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
May the Lightsaber Teardown Be With You
Blog 
5/5/2015  4 comments
No, we're not having delusions of grandeur -- this is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. And we're dying to see how it works. Today, we tear down a lightsaber.
Strategic Design Advantages of Using Wireless Platforms
Blog 
5/5/2015  3 comments
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
What’s Your MEMS Story?
Blog 
5/5/2015  8 comments
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
LiveWorx IoT Conference Will Stream Free
Blog 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
PTC will stream its LiveWrox IoT conference for free beginning Tuesday, May 5.
3D Printing Student Design Contest Winners Announced
STEM Connection 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys has announced the winners in its 11th annual Extreme Redesign contest for middle school, high school, and college students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
STEM Connection 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Lab
Sherlock Ohms 
5/1/2015  12 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2015  5 comments
Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries in build volume, new metals printing techniques, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls.
Challenges for Embedded Technology Designers in the IoT
Guest Blogs 
4/30/2015  1 comment
In the face of growing challenges for embedded technology engineers, designers should actually be designing for a new IoT -- the Internet of Tomorrow.
Consider Human Factors Early in the Product Design Cycle
Guest Blogs 
4/30/2015  1 comment
As today’s product design cycles are held to tighter schedules and budget constraints, it’s becoming even more critical to consider human factors up front to catch and fix problems during the initial development stages, when it’s faster and less costly to do so. Overlooking human factors at the beginning of the design cycle could lead to poor user experience, a decrease in effective product performance, and an increase in safety risk to the user.
4 Reasons Why It’s a Dynamic Time in Medical Device Design
Guest Blogs 
4/28/2015  Post a comment
Cost, product development rigor, the patient-as-a-user movement, and consumer electronics that include wireless connectivity are just a few hot topics swirling around medical devices. Each brings challenges that create innovation opportunities. If we briefly look at each one, we can see that one common need will be innovation in simplicity.
Tesla's New Battery Will Supply Energy for Your Home
Blog 
4/28/2015  15 comments
Tesla is expected to announce the release of a new battery aimed at powering your entire home.
Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
Blog 
4/28/2015  Post a comment
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
The Register That Wouldn't Register
Sherlock Ohms 
4/28/2015  1 comment
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Cypress Debuts EZ-BLE PRoC Module for Bluetooth Low Energy Development
Product News 
4/27/2015  Post a comment
The new small-form-factor EZ-BLE PRoC (Programmable Radio on Chip) module is a derivative of the existing PRoC BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solution. The EZ-BLE PRoC module integrates the programmability and ARM Cortex-M0 core of the PRoC BLE, two crystals, an onboard chip antenna, a metal shield, and passive components.
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
Blog 
4/24/2015  7 comments
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
UX Design: The Age of Voice Is Here
Guest Blogs 
4/24/2015  17 comments
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Discover-E’s ‘New Face’ of Engineering Helps Bridge the Opportunity Gap
STEM Connection 
4/23/2015  Post a comment
Discover-E has chosen its 13 New Faces of Engineering for 2015, and the list includes an impressive number of young people who are using their roles as engineers to effect positive change through real-world applications of their skills and training. Design News had the opportunity to speak with one of them.
IoT Will Improve Design Engineering Relationships with Vendor Managers
Guest Blogs 
4/21/2015  Post a comment
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Teardown
Blog 
4/17/2015  6 comments
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
The EU Forges a Pan-European Push to Enable IoT
Blog 
4/17/2015  2 comments
Fifteen European research centers have launched EuroCPS to help European companies develop innovative products for the Internet of Things.
The 5 Biggest IoT Adoption Issues
Blog 
4/17/2015  3 comments
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
Nissan's Position Sensor Provides Wake-Up Call
Automotive News 
4/16/2015  3 comments
Using a steering angle sensor instead of a camera, Nissan Motor Co. engineers have introduced a simpler way to monitor driver drowsiness.
A STEM Lesson from an IoT Electronic Thermometer
STEM Connection 
4/15/2015  Post a comment
The business and educational opportunities of Internet of Things (IoT) are abundant. Cisco’s forecast of every device being connected by 2025 -- the Internet of Everything -- is achievable by applying today’s embedded development tools to wireless innovations of tomorrow.
Want to Be an Engineer? Brush Up on 3D Printing
Blog 
4/14/2015  9 comments
It used to be that budding engineers just needed a solid grasp of physics, math, and their own healthy scientific curiosity, but these days, you need a fairly good working understanding of 3D printing too, apparently.
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