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10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  9 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Want a Better Coffee Maker? Try the IoT
Guest Blogs 
4/17/2014  1 comment
Connected sensor-enabled applications will improve the consumer experience -- and generate new revenue streams.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  19 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Product Design as a Team Sport
Blog 
4/16/2014  11 comments
Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
AMD Fires Up to Release New Graphics Card
Product News 
4/16/2014  1 comment
AMD is set to launch the industry's first 16 GB workstation graphics card -- the W9100.
Teardown: Dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S5
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  2 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Continued Collaboration Is Needed to Combat Counterfeiting
Guest Blogs 
4/14/2014  2 comments
As an industry, we now need to up our game and provide contractors with easier ways to properly identify and report counterfeit products and build collaboration between manufacturers, design engineers, industry organizations, and government.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Teardown
Blog 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Samsung's second-generation smartwatch -- the Gear 2 -- was released this month and is powered by a Tizen-based OS. Join us as we take it apart.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
Guest Blogs 
4/11/2014  Post a comment
Itís your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
Yarn-Weaving Printer Creates Custom Clothes
Blog 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Will a new open-source DIY knitting machine from OpenKnit change the way we make clothes?
Gadget Freak Review: First Truly Consumer 3D Printer & Hacked 3D Printer Creates Real Tattoos
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2014  4 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at an affordable plug-and-play printer, a 3D printer that was hacked by a group of French design students to create real tattoos, and an analog camera that was built using 3D-printed and laser-cut parts.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  6 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  5 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Ensuring Safety in Electrical Engineering Design
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Negligence results when an engineer has failed to comply in ways in which a responsible engineer would in a similar situation. Avoiding negligence means that an engineer should not fail in his or her assigned duties.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
Blog 
4/8/2014  9 comments
Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
MCUs Cut Costs & Reduce Board Space in 8-Bit Applications
Product News 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
Engineers looking for ways to cut costs and reduce board space on closed-loop applications may now have a solution -- thanks to Microchip Technology.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didnít Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  75 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
Blog 
4/7/2014  2 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
Blog 
4/4/2014  1 comment
Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2014  6 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Digital Assistant 'Cortana'
Blog 
4/3/2014  1 comment
Halo fan favorite character, Cortana, is poised to be Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Bluetooth Device Ends Distracted Driving
News 
4/2/2014  12 comments
Called SafeRide, the device works in conjunction with a smartphone app to lock the driverís smartphone screen, mute the audio, and disable the hardware buttons as soon as the car starts moving.
Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
Features 
4/1/2014  Post a comment
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.
Design News Presents: The Best of Gadget Freak, Vol. 2
Gadget Freak 
4/1/2014  1 comment
What youíll find in this Technology Roundup is the best of the best Gadget Freak projects, as voted on by you -- our loyal readers.
Report: Biochemicals, Bio-Based Materials Capacity to Jump
Engineering Materials 
4/1/2014  1 comment
A report forecasts a big capacity increase for bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those that go into bioplastics. These are mostly based on first-generation feedstocks like corn and sugarcane, but second-generation cellulosic feedstocks continue to grow slowly.
Teardown: Inside the HTC One (M8)
Blog 
3/31/2014  12 comments
The second generation HTC One, dubbed the HTC One (M8), features a dual flash and the new Sense 6 UI.
Gadget Freak Review: Wearable Device Reduces Migraines; LED Outlet Replacement
Gadget Freak 
3/28/2014  20 comments
We look at a wearable device that uses an adhesive electrode and headband to help reduce migraines, as well as a plug-and-play outlet cover that replaces traditional night lights.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
Blog 
3/28/2014  23 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2014  9 comments
This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.
Inventables Unveils Easel for Cloud-Based Design & Fabrication
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/26/2014  2 comments
Easel was created with beginners in mind. It acts as sort of a gateway app that takes novices from project inception to actual milling in just five minutes.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  37 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
Slideshow: Itís a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
Electronic News & Comment 
3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Shrimp Shells Make Compostable, Moldable Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
3/18/2014  14 comments
Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard have created a low-cost, biodegradable plastic made from shrimp shells that can be used to mass-produce 3D compostable consumer goods, using injection molding or casting processes.
Americans See Engineers as Societyís Chief Innovators
Blog 
3/18/2014  13 comments
A survey by TE Connectivity finds that 87 percent of Americans point to engineers as the force behind innovations and invention.
3D-Printed Wood – Really!
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2014  36 comments
Does it sound like magic? It's not. You can 3D-print with wood filaments right now, using a choice of colors and filament widths. Objects made from these materials range from things resembling plastic or lumber to stunningly beautiful art pieces that look just like the real thing.
Gadget Freak Review: Personal Lost & Found; DIY Solar Phone Charger
Gadget Freak 
3/14/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a personal motion tracking device that uses Bluetooth a DIY solar phone charger that is built in a mint tin and only costs $7 to build.
Tiny MCU Adds Intelligence to Internet of Things
Electronic News & Comment 
3/12/2014  7 comments
A new microcontroller thatís smaller than a golf ball dimple may offer a solution for future Internet of Things applications.
Hybrid Hexapods Resolve Inherent Weaknesses of Conventional Hexapods
Features 
3/12/2014  5 comments
The hybrid hexapod enables applications that can benefit from six-degrees-of-freedom motion.
The Growing Importance of Wireless Standards for the Smart Home
Features 
3/10/2014  9 comments
ZigBee, a global standard, is a low-power compliment to WiFi.
Gadget Freak Review: Boeing's Self-Destructing Smartphone & Light Tracker to Improve Health
Gadget Freak 
3/7/2014  15 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at Boeing's trusted smartphone device and a solar-powered light tracker designed to help improve your health.
The Heat Is On: Wireless Automation Technology Application for Smart Homes & Buildings
Features 
3/7/2014  4 comments
Advancements in embedded MCU and wireless design provide power efficiency and secure connectivity for smart homes.
Hum Bars Hampered the TV Screens
Sherlock Ohms 
3/7/2014  7 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.
Slideshow: Top 5 Energy-Saving Gadgets
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2014  10 comments
From kettles to phone chargers, these devices can reduce energy use while providing an array of easy-to-use, innovative household amenities.
Teardown: Is HP's Z820 Too Good to Be True?
Blog 
3/4/2014  10 comments
HP's flagship workstation is called super upgradeable, and touts "tool-free serviceability." Join us to see if this machine is too good to be true, or just what the doctor ordered!
Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
Blog 
2/28/2014  87 comments
While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
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Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
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