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With HoloLens Microsoft Bets on a Holographic Future
Blog 
1/26/2015  2 comments
Microsoft unveiled more than a new operating system at its Windows 10 event. With its new HoloLens headset the company wants to make holograms a part of everyday life.
Software Brings Scalable Type to Low-End Embedded Platforms
Product News 
1/26/2015  4 comments
Engineers of low-end embedded products may now have an easier way to make aesthetically pleasing displays with scalable typefaces.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  4 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Spider Webs, Leaves Inspire Future Network Design for Displays, Solar Panels
Blog 
1/23/2015  1 comment
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Babak Parviz Goes Through the Glass
Chris Wiltz 
1/22/2015  2 comments
Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award winner Babak Parviz on his new gig at Amazon, the origins of Google Glass and the Smart Contact Lens, and why humanities, not tech, is the future.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 
1/21/2015  7 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
Blog 
1/21/2015  13 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
Google Glass Sales Have Stopped; No One Should be Surprised
Chris Wiltz 
1/19/2015  13 comments
The writing has been on the wall for a while and Google has announced it will no longer be selling Google Glass in its current iteration.
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
Electronics News 
1/19/2015  7 comments
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  4 comments
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
Watch: The Nintendo Power Glove Transformed Into an Animation Tool
Blog 
1/15/2015  2 comments
When stop-motion animator Dillion Markey wanted a better way to control his equipment, he found a solution in an '80s video game accessory.
CES 2015: Sensors Lead the Way in Mercedes-Benz Future Car
Electronics News 
1/13/2015  1 comment
Automotive sensor technology is taking a giant stride forward in a futuristic luxury concept car that’s part chauffeur, part lounge, and part entertainment theater.
CES 2015: Sensors Add New Dimensions to Consumer Electronics
Electronics News 
1/12/2015  1 comment
With laptops and PCs losing market share to handhelds and wearables, sensors are taking on a growing role in consumer electronics.
What Killed the Amazon Fire Phone?
Chris Wiltz 
1/9/2015  16 comments
Amazon's first venture into smartphones has lost the company $170 million. How that happened is a cautionary tale of over-engineering, failed amibition, and outright hubris.
CES 2015: Revamped Sony Walkman Comes With Big Price Tag
Blog 
1/9/2015  20 comments
Sony used CES 2015 to cash in on its nostalgic “Walkman” brand with a new high-resolution portable audio player.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … You Added to the 'Engineer If' List
Blog 
1/8/2015  10 comments
Here's a list of "You Know You're an Engineer If" contributions from Design News readers.
CES 2015: Baby’s First IoT; 4Moms' App-Controlled Infant Seat
Blog 
1/8/2015  5 comments
We may still not have reached the era of robo-childcare, but we’re getting there!
CES 2015: The BACTrack Vio is a Smartphone Breathalyzer
Blog 
1/7/2015  Post a comment
Where better than Vegas to test your blood alcohol level? Enter the BACTrack Vio, the plug-in smartphone Breathalyzer, featuring wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and an app allowing you to track your BAC results over time.
CES 2015: Jamstik – the Guitar for iOS
Blog 
1/7/2015  Post a comment
Remember when Guitar Hero used to be a thing? No? Well, that might be because you fancy yourself a real musician. But for those who want something in between the completely simulated and completely authentic guitar experience, there’s Jamstik, ¬a MIDI guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
At CES 2015, Toyota Announces it's Giving Away its Fuel Cell Patents
Automotive News 
1/7/2015  5 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Sony Hack Should Sound Off Alarm Bells for Industrial Sector
William Ng 
1/7/2015  2 comments
The real silver lining to come out of the Sony hack scandal was the sobering affirmation for both the US government and private sector that we have long-term and persistent cyber enemies from anywhere in the world.
CES 2015: The Inmotion V3 Electric Unicycle Rides the Wacky Wave
Blog 
1/7/2015  4 comments
It’s 2015, and we may not yet have hoverboards like in Back to The Future, but, thanks to a company by the name of INMOTION, we do have bizarre, electric unicycles.
Does a Messy Desk Mean a Creative Mind?
Blog 
1/6/2015  26 comments
Many of the greatest minds in past and current history sat behind very unkempt desks. What does your desk say about you?
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 
1/5/2015  6 comments
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your vote and come back next week to see if your favorite project garnered the $6,000 first prize!
Supercars Go Hybrid
Automotive News 
1/5/2015  8 comments
Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybrid’s growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
Scary IEEE Tech Predictions for 2015
Blog 
12/31/2014  16 comments
The IEEE Computer society provides 2015 predictions that pose real challenges. What are the trends that will rock your world in the coming year?
Programmable Logic - How Do They Do That?
Blog 
12/31/2014  1 comment
CEC class explores advances in programmable logic devices.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You Still Have an IBM XT
Blog 
12/29/2014  46 comments
Do you see a perfectly good design and still insist on changing it? You might be an engineer.
Eliminating DRAM from Embedded HMI Designs
Features 
12/29/2014  Post a comment
Designers have a way to design better interfaces using an MPU that includes abundant on-chip SRAM and the ability to execute code in-place efficiently from low-cost serial Flash memory.
Underground Wireless Sensors Demand Powerful Solutions
Features 
12/23/2014  Post a comment
In order for underground wireless sensors to proliferate, several major technological hurdles need to be overcome.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 4
Gadget Freak 
12/22/2014  6 comments
Voting in Round 4 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Reshoring Is Happening, but so Is Outsourcing
Blog 
12/22/2014  11 comments
Reshoring is picking up steam, but it's not outpacing the overall continuing growth in outsourcing.
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
Blog 
12/19/2014  36 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  47 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  7 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  13 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  18 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  9 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  4 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  13 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  37 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  22 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  9 comments
The phablet wars continue. Today we welcome the Nexus 6 -- a joint collaboration between Google and Motorola.
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