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10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
Blog 
6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Learn to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers Using Python
Blog 
6/30/2015  3 comments
Learn how to build Raspberry Pi controllers using Python during this free Continuing Education Center class presented by Design News and Digi-Key.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
Blog 
6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
Wearables Get Moody With the GSR Sensor
Blog 
6/29/2015  1 comment
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
Toxic Substances Reform Law: It's a Good Thing, and Maybe Also an Expensive Thing
Engineering Materials 
6/29/2015  7 comments
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
Blog 
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Beats by Dre Teardown: Weak Engineering Meets Strong Marketing
Blog 
6/26/2015  18 comments
A teardown of the popular Beats by Dre headphones reveals some interesting cost-cutting tricks by the manufacturer.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The Leaky Tree is a high-quality device designed to dispense ice and one of four mixed drinks that can be selected by the user.
Initiative Aims to Stop Human Trafficking in Electronics Supply Chain
Blog 
6/26/2015  3 comments
Ariba has partnered with Made in a Free World to help organizations track and reduce slavery in their global supply chains by getting them the tools they need to find and fight it.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
News 
6/25/2015  7 comments
At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
Oven Uses Solid State RF to Cook Foods Better, Faster
News 
6/25/2015  5 comments
A revolutionary new oven promises to combine the best features of convection and microwave technology, enabling home users to cook foods to restaurant-type quality within a few minutes.
Mechatronics Matches Growing Complexity of Intelligent Factories Step for Step
Blog 
6/24/2015  Post a comment
The Internet of Things is requiring the design of devices using engineering skills and knowledge in multiple domains: electronics, mechanics, control systems, software, and telecommunications, to name a few. In other words, the IoT needs mechatronics.
Mutual Attraction: Custom-Engineered Magnets Aim to Raise Latch Performance
Blog 
6/24/2015  5 comments
Conventional magnets are impossible to precisely engineer for individual applications. Their magnetic fields also threaten sensitive electronics. But this is changing.
The PCB Killer: Chip-Level Modules Are On Their Way
Blog 
6/24/2015  2 comments
The printed circuit board has been around so long, it just can’t be in danger of being phased out, right? Well, if you have been paying attention to the increasing tendency to put electronic devices on chip-level modules, you might begin to think about the next logical steps.
Understanding the Differences between Strategic Sourcing Goals, Objectives, and Requirements
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2015  Post a comment
Unlike a mission statement, goals, objectives, and requirements are tools that will be used actively in the sourcing project once it reaches the decision-making stage.
Video: Eurotech's Mirror Is Smarter Than Your Mirror
Electronics News 
6/23/2015  2 comments
Hilary Tomasson of Eurotech Inc., explains how the company’s network gateway can be applied to a smart mirror that displays personal calendars, weather information, new feeds, or other information.
Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
Blog 
6/22/2015  3 comments
In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
Corporate Venturing Spurs Innovation, but the Fit Has to Be Right
Blog 
6/22/2015  Post a comment
CVC-funded innovation gives the parent company access to the kinds of inventiveness and agility found in startup technology companies. At the same time, entrepreneurs receive funding and other resources they just couldn't get otherwise. And if the venture is successful, the incentives can be high for everybody.
Moving Tech Into the Background With Connected Clothing
Blog 
6/22/2015  Post a comment
One of the promises of wearable tech is to move the technology into the background. This can be hard to imagine when right now the space is riddled with wearables that look like gadgets strapped to our faces and wrists. But one emerging category of wearables provides a glimmer into this not so distant future, smart clothing.
Can’t We All Get Along?
William Ng 
6/19/2015  Post a comment
The consensus is that design and manufacturing companies that don’t change from legacy organizational structures will struggle, while those that take holistic, systems-integration approaches will do well.
EU Project Urges ‘RESPECT’ for Citizens In Use of Surveillance Technology
Blog 
6/19/2015  5 comments
A European project aims to protect people’s privacy amid the increased use of technology like video cameras and other surveillance equipment.
'Designer Carbon' Promises to Enhance Energy Storage
Blog 
6/18/2015  3 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have created synthetic carbon that can improve energy-storage capacity in supercapacitors and lithium-sulfur batteries
The 4 'Things' Driving Innovation in Wearable Technology
Blog 
6/18/2015  3 comments
Four key advancements are driving wearables out of the lab and into the mainstream, making it easier for startups and makers to create hardware and for consumers to adopt the technology.
3D Printing Circuitry With Graphene-Based Conductive Filament
Engineering Materials 
6/18/2015  Post a comment
Graphene 3D Lab has added graphene to 3DP PLA filament to strengthen the material and add conductivity to prints made with it. The material can be used to 3D print conductive traces embedded in 3D-printed parts for electronics, as well as capacitive touch sensors.
Learn to Design Internet-Connected Devices
Blog 
6/18/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Fred Eady, owner of EDTP Electronics, will teach you how to build an inexpensive garage door opener RF receiver and transmitter, as well as an Internet gateway using a Microchip 32-bit PIC MCU, among other things.
Next-Gen AR? Watch Microsoft's Remarkable HoloLens Demo
Blog 
6/17/2015  Post a comment
Is Microsoft creating the best version of augmented reality (AR) we've ever seen? A demonstration of the HoloLens headset at the company's press conference at E3 2015 is pointing to yes.
Bacteria-Based Paper Battery Generates Energy from Drop of Water
Blog 
6/17/2015  Post a comment
A researcher from Binghamton University has developed a 3D-printed, bacteria-based battery made of paper that costs five cents to develop and folds up into the size of a matchbook.
The Future of Human-Machine Interfaces Is Now
Blog 
6/16/2015  2 comments
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
Virtual Reality Industry Is Getting Even More Real
Blog 
6/16/2015  Post a comment
Up until now, most of the VR experiences have been mainly ocular, allowing you to immerse yourself in 360-degree visual perspectives. But if the showroom floor at the Augmented World Expo is an indicator, VR is about to get even more real, bringing your eyes, body, and even your friends into the mix.
Is DIY Big Data the Next Big Thing?
Blog 
6/16/2015  Post a comment
There is going to be a staggering number and variety of sensors that are going to exist in the brave new IoT world. Just about every environmental, biological, and positioning metric you can think of is going to be available.
Chip Makers Target Internet of Things Complexity
Electronics News 
6/15/2015  2 comments
As issues of time and complexity increasingly dog embedded product developers, semiconductor makers are stepping in to help.
Researchers Power Sensors, Camera With WiFi Signals
Blog 
6/12/2015  3 comments
A research team from the University of Washington has demonstrated the first sensors and camera to run powered only on signals from a WiFi router.
Sensor Transmits Readings to Wireless Mobile Devices
Product News 
6/11/2015  Post a comment
A new sensor package with a built-in wireless transmitter enables pressure, temperature, and humidity to be tracked via a mobile tablet computer or smartphone.
6 New Plastics For Everything From Cables to High-Speed Fans & Motors
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2015  Post a comment
Some of our current assortment of plastics & elastomers are designed for contacting human skin in consumer products, while others are tough enough to go under the hood near automotive engines or make bearings for the continuous high rotational speeds of fans and motors.
Many-Core Processors for Control
Blog 
6/8/2015  Post a comment
The latest Intel processors are powering many-core industrial servers for control applications, and extending the impact of Moore’s Law into the future.
Go Fail in the Real World: Google[x]'s Advice to Engineers
Chris Wiltz 
6/5/2015  13 comments
What do all of Google[x]'s high-profile projects have in common? They all come from a mindset that any engineer can emulate.
Aerospace-Grade Aluminum Gives Structure to Smartphones
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2015  10 comments
Samsung has chosen an aerospace-grade of Alcoa aluminum for the body of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones, giving them a thinner and lighter design.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
Engineering Materials 
6/4/2015  Post a comment
Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
Certification Training Brokers Peace Between OT and IT
Blog 
6/4/2015  Post a comment
A certified training program developed by Rockwell Automation and Cisco Systems prepares plant personnel for IoT and aligns the priorities between control and IT.
Gadget Freak Case #268: The Handy Rival
Gadget Freak 
6/3/2015  3 comments
The Handy Rival is an arcade game that allows an individual to play rock, paper, scissors against a robotic hand.
Does LG's Watch Urbane Fit the Smartwatch Bill?
Blog 
6/2/2015  3 comments
At first glance, LG's Watch Urbane looks like a regular watch; will we be disappointed by what's inside? Let's find out.
Successful Collaboration Between Design & Software Engineering Will Need Uptake
Blog 
6/2/2015  3 comments
The disciplines of industrial design and mechanical engineering -- often at odds in the past -- have brokered a workable and productive relationship.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Filters
Blog 
6/1/2015  7 comments
An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Charles J. Lord, PE, will teach you all about both designing your own filters as well as choosing turnkey solutions.
Manufacturing Plants as Centers of Data in the IIoT
Blog 
6/1/2015  Post a comment
With the vast amount of data collected in manufacturing, it's time for plants to become data centers.
The Greatest IoT Nodes of All: Ourselves
Blog 
5/29/2015  2 comments
If we are going to be creating a network that serves us, one of its most critical nodes will need to be ourselves. This is where wearable technology comes into play.
Low-Power FPGAs: Just Like Jumbo Shrimp?
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2015  Post a comment
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 
5/28/2015  5 comments
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
Development of a CTE Project: An IoT Electronic Thermometer, Part 2
STEM Connection 
5/28/2015  Post a comment
The big picture to this hands-on technology curriculum is to illustrate to students that the future of IoT and IoE (Internet of Everything) development can be created in today’s classroom.
Sphero is a Robot Ball From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Blog 
5/27/2015  3 comments
This is the story of a robotic ball clever enough to inspire the team behind the new Star Wars film.
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