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Gadget Freak Review: Google Phone Creates 3D Models & Virtual Wallet Replaces Credit Cards
Gadget Freak 
2/28/2014  9 comments
This gadget freak review highlights some new mobile technologies. Google's Project Tango is building 3D models of the space around you, and the Loop is a virtual wallet that allows you to pay merchants by transmitting your card data.
Fasteners, Adhesives Hold Things Together at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/28/2014  3 comments
At the MD&M West show and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., four companies displaying fastening systems and other assembly methods like adhesives stood out.
Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2014  16 comments
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
Wilocity Chipset to Deliver WiGig Speed to Mobile Devices
Product News 
2/26/2014  8 comments
Wilocity has developed a WiGig chipset for mobile phones that will bring lightning-fast wireless capability based on the 802.11ad standard to a new range of devices.
Free WiFi for Everyone!
Blog 
2/25/2014  15 comments
Soon, the Internet will be free and accessible from anywhere in the world thanks to Media Development Investment Fundís mini-satellite WiFi network.
3D Printing Approaches End Production With Single, Multi-Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/25/2014  8 comments
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.
Oh Snap! Another 3D Printer
Blog 
2/24/2014  17 comments
Affordability is key with the Snap3D printer from TJIKO Labs.
CAD to Commerce
Guest Blogs 
2/21/2014  4 comments
The cloud is more than a big computer in the sky. True cloud solutions will change the product development and consumer engagement workflows we know today.
The Pros & Cons to Sensor Hub & Sensor Sub-System Management
Features 
2/21/2014  Post a comment
When the goal is to reduce power consumption by off-loading sensor management, CISC-based approaches are far superior to RISC engines.
Slideshow: Smart Devices Add Intelligence to the Next-Gen Home
Blog 
2/18/2014  21 comments
Innovative inventors have developed a range of gadgets to create a more intelligent lifestyle, from a temperature-driven sleep sensor to a device that combines GPS and other sensors to monitor aspects of an automobile.
Gadget Freak Review: DIY Open-Source Car, Smartphone-Controlled Radiator Cover
Gadget Freak 
2/14/2014  8 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at an open-source DIY car that can be assembled in an hour and an intelligent radiator cover controlled though a smartphone app.
Slideshow: Recycled Composites, Plastics Go Commercial
Engineering Materials 
2/7/2014  20 comments
Some plastics, like water bottle materials, are a lot easier to recycle than others, but progress is being made in materials availability. It's often spurred by the demands of big manufacturers.
Video: Double Robotics Gives Telecommuters a Virtual Office Presence
Blog 
2/7/2014  14 comments
Once the topic of debate about its validity to the workplace, telecommuting has now become an integral and sometimes even necessary part of the modern work style.
America Makes Funds Second Wave of 3D Printing Projects
Engineering Materials 
2/6/2014  5 comments
The former National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute awarded funds to a second wave of 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects. They involve multiple processes, metal and polymer materials, and several companies we've discussed before.
Reshoring's a Reality Ė Manufacturing's Coming Back
Blog 
2/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at A.T. Kearney see a definite trend in manufacturers bringing their production back to North America.
Stratasys Unveils High-End, Multi-Material 3D Printer
Blog 
2/3/2014  8 comments
Stratasys came out swinging at SolidWorks World 2014, unveiling its high-end, multi-material 3D printer Ė- the Objet500 Connex3.
3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Added to Golden Mousetrap Awards
Engineering Materials 
2/3/2014  20 comments
The products and services in the materials and assembly category of the Golden Mousetrap Awards keep expanding. This year, we've added a new section: 3D printing and rapid prototyping materials, tools, and services.
Learning Labs Focus on Robotics & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2014  3 comments
At the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show next month UBM Canon is introducing Learning Labs. Here's what's up on the sessions covering robotics and manufacturing.
Slideshow: 25 Greatest Engineering Quotes
Electronic News & Comment 
1/29/2014  39 comments

From engineers and business executives to actors and cartoonists, we present insights on engineering from inside and outside the profession.

Carbon-Reinforced Compound Bests Metal Specs for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2014  15 comments
RTP Company has developed carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds for injection molding with specs that vie with metals in their stiffness and strength.
My Opinion on Manufacturing: It Is Coming Back - Really!
Blog 
1/28/2014  28 comments
After decades of having jobs move to countries where labor was far cheaper, the tide is finally beginning to turn.
Teardown Time Warp: A Look Inside the Mac 128K
Product News 
1/27/2014  43 comments
For the Mac 128K's 30th anniversary, the folks at iFixit are taking us back to 1984, with a detailed look inside the machine.
Unjamming the Toner Hoppers
Sherlock Ohms 
1/27/2014  6 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.
2013: Innovations in Automation & Control
Blog 
1/27/2014  2 comments
Each year, the Golden Mousetrap Awards offer the Design News editorial staff a chance to review the most innovative products of the previous year. In the automation and control area, the process also normally reveals some of the major trends in products and technologies that are making the biggest impacts in manufacturing, since the Golden Mousetrap is all about innovation and forwarding looking designs.
Learning Labs Focus on Materials & 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
1/24/2014  6 comments
Next month the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, and co-located events, will feature 30 two-hour Learning Labs. Here's the skinny on the sessions covering materials and 3D printing.
GE Gets a Touch Closer to Automation Data
Product News 
1/24/2014  10 comments
GE releases a touchscreen device that brings plant control and historical data together on one tablet-like product.
Can Micro Mills Recharge Your Cellphone?
Blog 
1/23/2014  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed micro wind turbines that could charge mobile and remote devices.
Youíll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
Blog 
1/22/2014  Post a comment
Weíve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes wonít make you an expert, itíll get you much further down the road in your wireless development.
Golden Mousetraps Awards: Strong Field for Electronics, Few Winners
Electronic News & Comment 
1/22/2014  2 comments
Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards featured a strong field of finalists in the Electronics & Test categories.
CES 2014: AMD Showcases FreeSync
Blog 
1/22/2014  Post a comment
AMD introduced FreeSync graphics smoothing tech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Nvidia Creates Crop Circle to Introduce Tegra K1 Chip
Blog 
1/21/2014  7 comments
Nvidia's controversial crop circle was simply a marketing ploy created by the company to announced its Tegra K1 chip, which was unveiled at this month's Consumer Electronics Show.
Does Technology Restrict Creativity?
Guest Blogs 
1/20/2014  15 comments
Will future generations lack creativity as technology and design develops, so that we're in a more controlled and creatively limited environment, or are we simply a species that rolls with the times?
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
Blog 
1/20/2014  23 comments
Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.
Judging the Golden Mousetrap Awards Was Fun (& Difficult)
Blog 
1/20/2014  1 comment
We aren't allowed to tell you who the winners of our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards are just yet, but we'd love to brag about some of the finalists.
Gadget Freaks Rejoice: CES Highlights Impressive Inventions
Gadget Freak 
1/17/2014  5 comments
Take a look at some new gadgets from last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- a self-balancing electric skateboard, a sensor family that will keeps you on track, and a protective iPhone battery case with 32GB built-in storage.
The IoT Impacts Manufacturing, Too
Guest Blogs 
1/17/2014  11 comments
Today, all signs point to the value of the IoT. Itís here, itís not going anywhere, and it has the potential for a multitrillion-dollar worldwide economic impact.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Materials & Assembly Finalists
Blog 
1/16/2014  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
CES 2014: Analog Devices Rolls Out Audio Processor
Product News 
1/15/2014  5 comments
Audio applications ranging from automotive headsets to home speakers may get a boost from a new processor that packs three times as much signal processing capability in a package that's about half the size of its predecessors.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Control Finalists
Blog 
1/14/2014  2 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Electronics & Test Finalists
Blog 
1/13/2014  3 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the electronics and test category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
Mac Pro Teardown Update: Fan Assembly
Product News 
1/13/2014  4 comments
Not sated by its initial findings, the folks at iFixit decided to take a second look at the seemingly innocuous fan assembly that caps the new Mac Pro.
Bringing Tactile Pressure Sensing Technology to Touchpads
Guest Blogs 
1/13/2014  10 comments
A fundamental shift in the personal-computing paradigm is coming, where 3D Tactilepads will replace traditional 2D clickpads, and tactile pressure sensing technology will be a driving force.
'Appvice' Blocks Distracted Driving
Electronic News & Comment 
1/10/2014  28 comments
Parents of teen drivers may now have a way to remotely prevent use of a smartphone while their child is behind the wheel.
Advancing the IoT Through a Tech Alliance Super Club
Blog 
1/10/2014  10 comments
How would a device made by Samsung communicate with a device made by Sony?
bRight Switch Invents Android-Powered Homes
Product News 
1/10/2014  13 comments
Bellatrix Systems has invented a smart home electrical switching system that lets people program their lights and other devices from a touchscreen interface on the wall.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Changes What Engineers Can Do With 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
1/9/2014  15 comments
3D Systems has introduced printers, services, and software that will change what engineers can do with 3D printing. These include a bigger and faster SLA build volume, another printer that does multiple colors in plastic, one that prints plastic multi-material objects bigger and faster, ceramic 3D printing via the cloud, and a universal print driver.
Can An Engineer Prevent the Unknown?
Electronic News & Comment 
1/9/2014  23 comments
Will future engineers have to find ways to prove self-driving features don't cause accidents?
'Everyday Edisons' Drive Medical Innovation
Guest Blogs 
1/9/2014  3 comments
Edison Nation is a product design and development group with expertise in the consumer, industrial, and medical spaces. In a related TV show, Everyday Edisons, everyday people from around the country submit ideas and prototypes that Edison Nationís experts help bring to life.
Gadget Freak Review: Hybrid e-Bike, Construction Kits for Girls & Bluetooth Gloves
Gadget Freak 
1/8/2014  17 comments
Check out this wireless pedal assist system that can turn your bicycle into a hybrid e-bike, construction kits aimed at girls, and a glove that connects to your smartphone.
Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers
Guest Blogs 
1/8/2014  25 comments
Electrical engineering students learn magnetism, engineering tools of design and analysis, electricity, and mathematics of design and analysis. And theyíre trained to manufacture and design safe and economical products that can enhance the lives of humans.
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