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Virtual Reality: The New Prototype Is Digital
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5/24/2016  Post a 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
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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
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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  6 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  6 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
12 New Plastics For Cars, Planes & Medical Devices That Are No Joke
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
Along with a new bunch of materials, we will also tell you about some new applications they make possible. Several new plastics and elastomers are aimed at aircraft interiors, automotive parts, and medical devices.
Engineers, Thank Your Mothers
Blog 
5/6/2016  4 comments
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
These Vibrating Insoles Could Make You a Better Athlete
Blog 
5/6/2016  2 comments
An electronic, vibrating shoe insole developed by the Wyss Institute at Harvard has been shown to enhance athletic performance as well as provide therapeutic benefits.
How to Build an Arcade Machine For All Your Favorite Video Games
Gadget Freak 
5/5/2016  1 comment
Do you long for the days of retro video gaming? Here's how you can turn an old PC into an old-school arcade cabinet with only $100 and a bit of woodwork.
The World’s Most Dangerous Device Is …
Blog 
5/4/2016  27 comments
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
Call for Proposals Open for ARM TechCon 2016
Features 
5/3/2016  Post a comment
Designers, engineers, and developers are encouraged to submit their proposals for ARM TechCon 2016, happening October 25-27. Submission deadline is June 10.
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
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5/3/2016  5 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
This Mini Solid-State Battery Powers IoT Sensors, Devices
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based company called Ilika has developed a miniature solid-state battery to power the IoT.
Oscilloscope Adds New Dimension to Motor-Drive Analysis
Product News 
5/3/2016  Post a comment
A new oscilloscope-based test system adds a unique dimension to the process of analyzing the dynamic performance of three-phase motors and drives.
Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
Blog 
5/2/2016  1 comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications
Product News 
5/2/2016  Post a comment
A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Composites, Metals & Multimaterials
Engineering Materials 
4/28/2016  Post a comment
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
Cybersecurity Is Top Concern of IEEE Members
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
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4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Researcher Accidentally Develops Way to Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
Blog 
4/26/2016  3 comments
Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
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4/25/2016  Post a comment
America Makes and ANSI have formed a collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the many scattered efforts to develop additive manufacturing (AM) standards. It's open to all interested persons.
Oculus Rift Teardown: Repairable VR for the Masses
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4/18/2016  Post a comment
The team at iFixit takes apart the long-anticipated, consumer-ready Oculus Rift CV1. What does the virtual reality headset have going on behind the curtain?
MC10 Wants Wearables to Be More Than Health and Fitness
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
At a time where wearables and healthcare have become nearly synonymous, MC10 is moving its technologies into broader consumer applications (including beauty and entertainment) as well as opening up new opportunities for industrial research.
NXP’s New Dev Kit Simplifies Home Automation
Product News 
4/15/2016  Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has released a software development kit that works with Apple’s HomeKit, enabling design engineers to automate thermostats, door locks, and other home products using Kinetis microcontrollers.
What Engineers Can Learn from the Maker Movement
Electronics News 
4/14/2016  13 comments
The so-called “maker movement” may not be big on degrees and formal training, but it can teach the engineering community valuable lessons in product design, an expert at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference said this week.
Hackable ESC Badges Demonstrate the Power of Wireless Networking
Electronics News 
4/14/2016  Post a comment
Attendees at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week received a special treat when 100 of them were given programmable, LED-based show badges powered by eight-bit microcontrollers.
Silicon Valley Comic Con and STEM: Rise of the Iron Lady
STEM Connection 
4/14/2016  3 comments
Underneath all the costumes and fandom, conventions like the Silicon Valley Comic Con are inspiring a new generation of young women in STEM.
Will Nest Be IoT's First High-Profile Failure?
Blog 
4/13/2016  17 comments
Nest was supposed to lead the Internet of Things' charge to connect all of the devices in our homes. But now it seems to be getting a reality check.
Origami-Inspired Metamaterial Eyed For Robots, Space Station
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2016  Post a comment
Harvard University engineers and scientists have designed a new type of metamaterial that can change its size, volume, and shape. Why? To help make possible reconfigurable devices like space structures or robots.
Can VR Ever Be More Than Just a Game?
Chris Wiltz 
4/12/2016  10 comments
With all the products hitting the market, 2016 is looking to be the year of virtual reality. But is VR good for anything besides playing games?
Using 3D Printing in the Mass Production of Consumer Electronics
Engineering Materials 
4/12/2016  Post a comment
Contract manufacturer LITE-ON Mobile Mechanical is using Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems to 3D print antenna patterns and other functional electronics such as sensors onto injection-molded consumer devices. And that's in millions of devices per year.
My Quest for the Ultimate Wearable
Blog 
4/7/2016  5 comments
I know the technology for my smart and learning wearable is out there because I’ve seen the future of printed flexible electronics that will enable it. But do I keep waiting for that perfect fit for me or just pick one or two options now and be content with what the market offers today? What would you do?
Gadget Freak Case #279: Stack Your TVs With a Homemade Entertainment Center
Gadget Freak 
4/7/2016  1 comment
Whether you're a designer, gamer, or just like to have a busy desktop, two monitors (or TVs) is always better than one. Gadget Freak shows you how to build an entertainment center that can hold two 70-inch TVs.
Take a Bite Out of Apple's iPhone SE
Blog 
4/6/2016  1 comment
After a long rumor cycle, Apple has released its new iPhone SE -- billed as a 5s with better specs. The team at iFixit got their hands on it and immediately took it apart. See what they found at its core.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  5 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
New-Age Hackers Are Ditching Smash-and-Grab Techniques
Blog 
4/1/2016  1 comment
Cyber attacks are taking a new form, with hackers going into a network and exploring for extended periods of time.
FBI Cracks Terrorist's iPhone Without Apple's Help, Won't Say How
Blog 
3/31/2016  5 comments
The FBI has cracked the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter with the help of an anonymous third party.
The Quiet Maker Revolution
Blog 
3/31/2016  1 comment
The open-source and maker movement revolution has come without scorched castle doors or protests at state offices. It’s been much quieter than we thought, but don’t mistake quiet with unimpactful.
MCU Targets Voice Detection for the Internet of Things
Product News 
3/30/2016  Post a comment
A new microcontroller family could provide a low-power solution for battery-operated, IoT voice detection apps, ranging from baby monitoring to home automation to building control.
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