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A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility -- Don't Try This at Home
Blog 
10/24/2014  22 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
Gadget Freak 
10/24/2014  28 comments
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
How to Design Better User Interfaces
Electronics News 
10/24/2014  3 comments
If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
Mac Mini (Late 2014) — The Teardown
Blog 
10/23/2014  5 comments
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
354 Reasons Why Audi's SQ5 Is Worth a Look
Guest Blogs 
10/23/2014  1 comment
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
30 Seconds With Formlabs
Electronics News 
10/23/2014  Post a comment
Kevin Gautier of Formlabs describes the making of a carbon fiber mold for an intake manifold, using a $3,300 3D printer, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest.
How it Works: E-Cigarettes
Blog 
10/22/2014  28 comments
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip Releases 3D TouchPad
Product News 
10/22/2014  3 comments
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
Plastics Can Do Almost Any Job -- Even Yours
Engineering Materials 
10/22/2014  6 comments
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
30 Seconds With Stratasys
Electronics News 
10/22/2014  Post a comment
Mac Cameron of Stratasys describes the company’s Connex3 technology, which allows users to 3D-print complex parts in one build with no assembly required.
Kindle Fire HD 6 Teardown
Blog 
10/21/2014  5 comments
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
3D-Printed Telescope Takes (Nice!) Pix of the Moon
Engineering Materials 
10/21/2014  22 comments
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
5G Will Drive Test Equipment Surge
Blog 
10/21/2014  1 comment
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
12 Robots That Play Sports
Blog 
10/20/2014  26 comments
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
Features 
10/20/2014  1 comment
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.
30 Seconds With 3DP Unlimited
Electronics News 
10/20/2014  2 comments
Melissa Cavanagh of 3DP Unlimited talked to Design News about the company’s large format 3D printer, during Medical Design and Manufacturing Midwest.
30 Seconds With iFixit
Electronics News 
10/17/2014  16 comments
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Get Your Gadget Freak On
Gadget Freak 
10/16/2014  1 comment
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000. Don't delay, enter today!
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
Features 
10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
2014 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
10/14/2014  25 comments
Here's a breakdown of the 2014 engineering salaries by discipline. We've included entry-level salaries, mean average salaries, and top 10% salaries.
Top 3 Reasons to Outsource 3D Printing
Guest Blogs 
10/14/2014  2 comments
As additive manufacturing (including 3D printing) becomes increasingly popular among businesses as a quick and easy solution to creating and evaluating prototypes and end-use products, the debate about whether to outsource production or to purchase equipment for in-house use is at the forefront of industry discussions.
3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
Features 
10/13/2014  12 comments
Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?
Understanding the Hardness of Metals
Blog 
10/13/2014  8 comments
When designing metal parts, it's important to specify their hardness. However, many engineers have only a shaky understanding of what hardness actually is, or how it's measured. This article helps clear up that confusion.
Video: Tiny Humanoid Robot Flies Plane
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2014  9 comments
A tiny humanoid robot has safely piloted a small plane all the way from cold start to takeoff, landing and coming to a full stop on the plane's designated runway. Yes, it happened in a pilot training simulation -- but the research team isn't far away from doing it in the real world.
Speed to Market With Optimization Tools
Blog 
10/13/2014  1 comment
This Technology Roundup gathers cutting-edge stories about optimization tools that speed time to market.
A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
Features 
10/10/2014  Post a comment
The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.
How to Design an Embedded Web Server
Electronics News 
10/9/2014  1 comment
If there’s a microcontroller-based Web server in your future, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, "How to Build An Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial.”
How to Think Like an Engineer
Blog 
10/8/2014  31 comments
Most engineers spend a lot of time thinking about how to solve design problems, but not much time thinking about how we think. Using analogies can help you come up with more, and possibly better, design ideas.
Wall-Mounted Telephone Has Invisible Display
Made by Monkeys 
10/8/2014  16 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Design Decisions: When to Choose an Industrial Battery
Product News 
10/8/2014  Post a comment
Industrial applications require more robust batteries that can deliver long-term power even in extreme environmental conditions.
IAPD Plastics Expo Gives Engineers Alternatives
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2014  8 comments
You can find out practically everything you need to know about engineering plastics as alternatives to other materials at the 2014 IAPD Plastics Expo. Admission is free for engineers, designers, specifiers, and OEMs, as well as students and faculty.
Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs
Blog 
10/7/2014  8 comments
As promised when we listed the top undergraduate engineering schools, here are the top 20 US engineering schools based on their graduate programs. We looked at a number of rankings and created an overall list based on an average.
Is Your Star Rising?
Blog 
10/7/2014  1 comment
Help Design News recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community. Nominate a Rising Engineering Star today.
What's the Big Deal About the Totem Headset?
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/7/2014  12 comments
Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are getting ready to explode onto the market and it appears all the heavy tech companies are trying to out-develop one another with better features than their competition. Fledgling start-up Vrvana has joined the fray.
Rapid Prototyping for Consumer Products
Guest Blogs 
10/7/2014  3 comments
Time to market is everything, but at the same time, you can’t sacrifice quality for speed. That’s where additive manufacturing comes into play.
Survey: Women Largely Unaware of Career Opportunities in Manufacturing
Blog 
10/7/2014  20 comments
While job opportunities for women in the manufacturing sector are in line with what young women want from prospective careers, a recent survey has found many women are unaware of the potential for career advancement that exists in the sector.
Littelfuse Takes Its Message to EE Students
Electronics News 
10/6/2014  8 comments
In an attempt to deal with the insidious problems of over-voltage and over-current, engineers from Littelfuse Inc. are taking their message about circuit protection to engineering schools.
MacArthur Genius Grants: Don't Call Them, They'll Call You
Blog 
10/6/2014  4 comments
On Sept. 17, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded no-strings-attached fellowships of $625,000 each to 21 people recognized as exceptionally creative. The foundation has given out these “genius grants” every year since 1981.
Samsung's Metal-Framed Galaxy Alpha -- the Teardown
Blog 
10/3/2014  3 comments
After years of research, billions of dollars, and countless hours of development, Samsung has finally landed upon the game changer in its race against Apple -- a Galaxy smartphone with a metal frame.
The Job Market: Robots vs. Humans
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Some studies say that robots take away certain jobs from humans, but give us others in return. So far that's worked in the past, but things may be changing.
Stratasys Adds 3D Printing to Next-Gen Smart Appliances
Blog 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Stratasys will lend its 3D printing expertise to GE’s community effort to build the next-generation of home appliances. The 3D printing manufacturer and service provider is providing 3D printers as part of a new partnership of FirstBuild, an affiliate of GE that aims to use the ingenuity of technologists in an online community to build more intelligent appliances.
12 Tech Acquisitions That Made You Say, 'Huh?'
Blog 
10/2/2014  19 comments
Check out these strange technology acquisitions. Many of these mergers became burdens the companies couldn't bear.
Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy
Blog 
10/1/2014  19 comments
Researchers in Canada have developed a chin strap that harvests energy from chewing and can potentially power a digital earplug that can provide both protection and communication capabilities.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
Kitchen Timer Buckles Under Pressure
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2014  13 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
'Feeling' Virtual Objects in Virtual Space With 3D-Haptics Technology
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/1/2014  5 comments
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
STEM Connection 
9/30/2014  2 comments
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Video: Interactive, Arcade-Style Sandbox
Blog 
9/29/2014  17 comments
Sega is releasing a new futuristic sandbox that uses height sensors and projection mapped projectors to cast pictures that correspond to what you're making.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  26 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
4 Steps For Improving Your Design Engineering Career
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  15 comments
Designers increasingly need to have a seat at the management table, says Steve Vassallo, general partner at VC investing company Foundation Capital. Here's how to get yours.
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The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
Get a load of these strange product designs. What's in the water these design engineers are drinking?
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
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