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Video: Temporary Tats Harvest Energy from Sweat
Blog 
8/29/2014  19 comments
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
Video: 1,000 Swarming Robots Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2014  13 comments
The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.
Video: 'Candy’ 3D-Prints Your Sweets
Blog 
8/27/2014  15 comments
A London-based company has added some sweetness to the versatility of the 3D printing market with a printer designed solely to print candy and confections.
Update: Converting Plastics to Energy Could Boost US Reserves
Engineering Materials 
8/27/2014  23 comments
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
3D Printers That Are Changing the Industry
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/26/2014  7 comments
XYZ, Rabbit, and Disney innovate on the 3d printer in different ways -- from price point to using materials such as yarn.
5 Tips for Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
8/26/2014  22 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares his top advice for new engineering students; he wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Google's Project Tango Tablet: From the Outside In
Blog 
8/25/2014  4 comments
Google's Project Tango is in its second iteration, this time taking the form of a tablet. Join us as we unravel the new goodies that Google has packed into the Project Tango Tablet.
Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; System Tracks Sleep Behavior
Gadget Freak 
8/21/2014  19 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
Siemens' Intosite Augments Tecnomatix PLM Platform
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/21/2014  4 comments
Siemens released Intosite, a cloud-based, location-aware SaaS app that lets users navigate a virtual production facility in much of the same fashion as traversing through Google Earth. Users can access PLM, IT, and other pertinent information for specific points on a factory floor or at an outdoor location.
Wiring Causes Constant Problems
Made by Monkeys 
8/20/2014  19 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Report: Metamaterials Will Partly Depend on Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/20/2014  8 comments
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
The ‘Holy Grail’ for Lithium-Based Batteries
Blog 
8/19/2014  9 comments
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
How to Machine Aerospace-Grade Composites
News 
8/18/2014  18 comments
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
Lawrence Livermore & MIT 3D-Print New Super-Light, Super-Strong Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2014  9 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and MIT have 3D-printed a new class of metamaterials that are both exceptionally light and have exceptional strength and stiffness. The new metamaterials maintain a nearly constant stiffness per unit of mass density, over three orders of magnitude.
Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 -- Unleashed
Blog 
8/13/2014  3 comments
Oculus VR, which took the world by surprise last year with the Oculus Rift, seeks to push the self-created envelope with the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2.
Mouser, NI Team Up on Free Design Tool
Product News 
8/13/2014  3 comments
Mouser Electronics and National Instruments are teaming up to offer a free software tool aimed at simplifying the process of electronic circuit design.
Using Python to Program the Raspberry Pi
Blog 
8/12/2014  2 comments
The Continuing Education Center course looks at embedded programming with the Raspberry Pi using Python.
Teardown: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Blog 
8/7/2014  8 comments
We're tearing down the brand-new Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller, lighter, and less powerful version of the S5. Call it Samsung's flagboat smartphone.
Can Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal Ones?
Blog 
8/6/2014  7 comments
Plastic bearings are replacing metal in some pretty tough jobs. Sometimes they're equally effective and reliable, and sometimes they actually outperform those parts. We'll tell you all about how this is possible in an upcoming Design News Focus on Fundamentals course.
Update: Intelligent Composites for Structural Monitoring
Engineering Materials 
8/5/2014  5 comments
Smart composites that let the material's structural health be monitored automatically and continuously are getting closer to reality. R&D partners in an EU-sponsored project have demonstrated what they say is the first complete, miniaturized, fiber-optic sensor system entirely embedded inside a fiber-reinforced composite.
Accelerometer Combines High-Bandwidth, Three-Axis Performance
Product News 
8/4/2014  2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a high-bandwidth, three-axis accelerometer that could make it easier to monitor the health of industrial machinery.
Teardown: Amazon Fire Phone
News 
8/1/2014  29 comments
Watch as we teardown Amazon's Fire Phone -- the company's first smartphone, designed to compete with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.
Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google's Ranks
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2014  10 comments
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Design Considerations for Maximizing Backplane Data Speeds
Features 
7/30/2014  1 comment
Designers and connector suppliers must work together to prepare for the future of high-speed data transmission.
Work Out While You Work
Blog 
7/29/2014  42 comments
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Blog 
7/28/2014  4 comments
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  1 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  30 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  11 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  21 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  5 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  29 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  42 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  33 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  11 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  38 comments
Normally it’s 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.
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