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Can Massive MIMO Deliver on the Promise of 5G?
Blog 
8/5/2016  Post a comment
New research from the University of Bristol and Lund University is pointing at Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) as the frontrunner to deliver 5G wireless to the masses.
A 'Portal' Sentry Turret to Guard Your DIY Lab
Gadget Freak 
8/4/2016  6 comments
Need some security in your DIY workshop? Gadget Freak Ben Pawlowski and his team show you how to build a security camera/alarm modeled after the turret guns from the popular video game, Portal.
LabVIEW 2016 Adds New Channel, Ups NI's Investment in IIoT
Product News 
8/3/2016  Post a comment
The latest version of NI's LabVIEW software maintains its roots while being tailor-made for developing IIoT devices and systems.
Project Escher Applies Parallel Processing to 3D Printing
Blog 
8/3/2016  Post a comment
Innovators working with an effort called Project Escher at design software firm will soon release a new software product that should greatly increase the performance of 3D printing. The new solution applies a parallel processing model to 3D printing, by supporting a new type of hardware that engages multiple nozzles to produce a single item.
SIGGRAPH 2016: The Best Emerging Interactive Technologies
Blog 
8/2/2016  Post a comment
Real-time facial reenactment, VR that lets you feel without gloves, the next stage for augmented reality, and a novel system for materials design: Take a look at some of the most exciting research and emerging innovations featured at SIGGRAPH 2016.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
Blog 
7/29/2016  7 comments
For decades there have been rumors that Microsoft essentially copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS. In just a few days, all will be revealed.
A New Test Instrument From NI Boosts Bandwidth
Product News 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
A new 1-GHz vector signal transceiver promises to offer expanded test capabilities for engineers involved in applications ranging from automotive and aerospace to semiconductors and defense.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
Blog 
7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
Blog 
7/28/2016  5 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
Blog 
7/27/2016  1 comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
Is Pokémon Go the Tipping Point for AR?
Blog 
7/25/2016  4 comments
The popularity of Pokemon Go may be break open a new rush of augmented reality products.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
Blog 
7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
How to Make Virtual Wall Art and Build a Computer for Your Pet
Gadget Freak 
7/25/2016  Post a comment
Here's a blast from the Gadget Freak past. Check out these gadgets, from telescope warming to keyboards on your fingers
Users Are Bored with Wearables Due to Lack of Accuracy
Blog 
7/20/2016  6 comments
Design flaws like lack of accurate information are causing early adopters of wearables to abandon the technology.
SoftBank’s ARM Buy Sends Ripples Through IoT, Semiconductor Industries
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
On the heels of Brexit and with plans stated to double UK staff and accelerate innovation, Japan's SoftBank will spend $32 billion to buy Cambridge-based ARM in a move that will have significant impact on the microprocessor industry and the Internet of Things for decades to come.
Planes & Electronics Get 8 New Adhesives, Coatings & Sealants
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2016  Post a comment
Several new products in this group of new adhesives, coatings, and sealants are formulated to protect sensitive electronic components, or to seal components of commercial and military aircraft. Others are designed to operate in tough, messy, dirty oil & gas operations, or for rotary applications and motors.
WaterCube Creates Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy
Blog 
7/12/2016  4 comments
A Dutch inventor has invented WaterCube, which creates clean drinking water from the air using solar energy.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Ion ‘Traffic Jams’ Are to Blame for Inefficient Batteries
Blog 
7/11/2016  2 comments
A newly-discovered phenomenon that explains why batteries lose efficiency has paved the way for better battery architectures and materials in the future.
Automotive ‘Wellness Seat’ Aids Stressed Out Drivers
Automotive News 
7/8/2016  Post a comment
A new sensor-equipped automotive seat could make drivers happier, more comfortable and more alert.
Solar Paper Is Ultra-Thin for Charging on the Go
Blog 
7/5/2016  Post a comment
As battery researchers work on improving the life of future batteries being developed for mobile devices, others are working on portable ways to charge devices on the go when their power sources go flat.
Should Fatal Tesla Accident Make Automakers Rethink Autonomous Cars?
Automotive News 
7/1/2016  49 comments
In the wake of a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in autopilot mode, the auto industry may need to rethink the future of autonomous driving.
Pico Wants VR to be a Stand-Alone, Mobile Experience
Blog 
7/1/2016  Post a comment
Pico Interactive is developing a stand-alone system, the Pico Neo, that it hopes will transform virtual reality into a more mobile and accessible experience.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
Blog 
7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
Blog 
6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
Blog 
6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Register Early for ARM TechCon 2016 and Save Big Bucks
Features 
6/30/2016  Post a comment
Thinking about attending ARM TechCon 2016? Early Bird registration can save you, or your company, up to $650. But do it now before the deals run out.
Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  6 comments
Forget doping. Officials at this year’s Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home
Blog 
6/28/2016  1 comment
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Nanocavity Paves Way for Thinner Solar Panels, Optoelectronic Devices
Blog 
6/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
Your Sensor Needs to be a Differentiator, Not a Feature
Blog 
6/24/2016  1 comment
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
Blog 
6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
The Latest Sensor Improves Hands-Free Faucets
Blog 
6/22/2016  6 comments
A new time-of-flight sensor could offer a solution to the problem of balky, touch-free faucets in public washrooms.
'SkinTrack' Tech Turns Human Arm Into a Smart-Watch Touchpad
Blog 
6/21/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon university have taken “wearable” technology to the next level with an invention that turns the human arm into a touchpad for smart watches.
Attack of the Tomato Engineers
Electronics News 
6/20/2016  2 comments
Teaming with chefs and farmers, engineers from Analog Devices are using an “Internet of Tomatoes” approach to improve the quality of tomato crops in New England.
Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
Blog 
6/20/2016  3 comments
Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick explained the vulnerabilities to hacking during his keynote address at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing in New York last week.
8 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
Origami Star-Inspired Biobattery Runs on Wastewater
Blog 
6/17/2016  2 comments
Engineers have developed a biobattery in an origami ninja star-like design that runs using just a few drops of water.
3D-Printed Plastic Parts Are As Strong As Aluminum
Product News 
6/17/2016  1 comment
Global 3D printing production network 3D Hubs is now offering new engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon composites that rival aluminum in strength.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
Blog 
6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
Blog 
6/14/2016  12 comments
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make sense for EVERY product to connect to the internet? Here are seven reasons to skip the I in IoT.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds Teaches Kids to Code
Blog 
6/14/2016  Post a comment
Apple has announced a new iPad app aimed at teaching kids its Swift coding language for iOS devices.
ARM TechCon 2016 CFP Deadline Extended to June 17
Features 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Submission deadline for ARM TechCon 2016 Call for Proposals has been extended to June 17. Get your proposal in for the opportunity to be on the ARM podium in October!
ESC Silicon Valley 2016 Call for Speakers -- Deadline Extended
Features 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our goal is to deliver a unique and highly useful educational experience for embedded designers involved in developing electronics products and systems.
Celebrate the Best of Gadget Freak
Blog 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our latest Gadget Freak ebook calls out the best and brightest projects from the 2015 crop.
10 New 3D Printing Plastics For Tougher, More Flexible Products
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
Should Automakers Be More Like Apple and Google?
Blog 
6/9/2016  4 comments
With Apple and Google making increasing inroads into the auto industry, should automakers adapt by thinking more like software companies?
Laying the Groundwork For Trusted Cyber Secure Ecosystems
Blog 
6/7/2016  Post a comment
CIP Security is evolving into a more robust security framework and adding solutions for device authentication and hardening.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
Blog 
6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
Blog 
6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
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