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Climb Glass Walls Like a Gecko With DARPA Tech
Engineering Materials 
6/12/2014  8 comments
For the first time ever, a human has scaled a glass wall using an adhesive inspired by gecko feet. The DARPA-funded research that developed the polymer microstructure technology on handheld paddles is part of the agency's Z-Man program to help soldiers in urban environments.
Windows-Powered App Automates Your Home
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/12/2014  9 comments
Redmond and Insteon recently partnered to offer home automation apps and hardware powered by Windows.
New DSP Targets Advanced Occupancy Detection
Product News 
6/12/2014  2 comments
A new high-performance digital signal processor family offers a low-power solution for applications ranging from occupancy detection to building automation to automotive noise cancellation.
For XP Users, There’s Still a Safe Way Out
Blog 
6/11/2014  15 comments
Plants still running XP can get a cyber-security blanket to put around the plant while conducting an upgrade to a newer OS.
Thin-Film Device Eyed as Power Source for Wearable Tech
Blog 
6/10/2014  8 comments
With wearable electronics becoming a trend, researchers are exploring a number of new ways to provide small and flexible power sources to accommodate them. Rice University has approached the problem by using nickel-based electrodes to develop a flexible supercapacitor that acts much like a battery without the need for lithium.
Smart Tires Alert Drivers of Dangerous Wear
Blog 
6/9/2014  16 comments
Continental is poised to roll into the market with smart tires that use sensors to deduce rotation characteristics, pressure, and tread wear.
Mobile Apps Speed Up Production
Guest Blogs 
6/9/2014  4 comments
A Detroit automaker was struggling with a semi-manual, labor-intensive parts receiving process. Workers had enter parts into a spreadsheet manually at a stationary workstation. This stopped the receiving process dead in its tracks. A better system was needed.
Memory Polymers Are Stronger, Cheaper & Recyclable
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2014  7 comments
Stronger, lighter, cheaper, self-healing, and recyclable, too? IBM says they're all true about its new family of industrial thermoset polymers.
3D Print Plastic & Electronics in One Pass
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2014  4 comments
Stanford University grad students have developed open-source technology that 3D prints conductive traces and plastic in one pass. Their startup is selling a liquid syringe extruder that plugs into a filament fusion printer, a plug-in replacement dual extruder, and a dual-extrusion 3D printer.
Turn Serial Devices Into IoT-Connected Devices
Guest Blogs 
6/5/2014  2 comments
We’ve all heard about how the Internet of Things will revolutionize our lives by having every asset connected to the cloud and data instantly available for analysis and display. The first step is to get those devices connected so that they can send data. The second step is for the device to know when it needs to send that data.
Smart Glasses Track Baseball Fans' Interest in Ads
Blog 
6/4/2014  11 comments
Technology-enhanced glasses that track people’s eye movements are helping the Cleveland Indians determine fans’ interest in signs at Progressive Field. The ball club teamed with Tobii Technology, whose glasses use infrared light to track exactly where a person is laying their gaze.
10 Teens Who Are Out to Change the World
STEM Connection 
6/3/2014  29 comments
Some of the most innovative designs these days are coming from the minds of teenagers, a fact that shows a lot of promise for the next generation of engineers.
Device Detects Hot Dogs
Blog 
6/3/2014  8 comments
Japanese firm Petline has created a way to monitor dog health in the heat of summer.
Quick-Learn on Arduino Basics
Blog 
6/3/2014  7 comments
Here's a five-part class on Arduino basics from the Design News Digi-Key Continuing Education Center.
Wide-Format HMI Touchscreens Bridge Consumer/Production Gap
Product News 
6/2/2014  3 comments
Kollmorgen Motion Technology Company has introduced the Kollmorgen Automation Suite HMI, a set of rugged IP65-rated touchscreen panels that feature a single-surface screen with a widescreen format.
Engineering Thermoplastics Expand Design Freedom in Consumer Electronics
Features 
6/2/2014  1 comment
Engineering thermoplastics are helping design engineers push the boundaries of what’s possible in many applications, including the development of increasingly thin, compact, and lightweight smartphones.
Gadget Freak Review: Charge Your Smartphone 92% Faster; USB Flash Drive for Portable Apple Devices
Gadget Freak 
5/30/2014  5 comments
The Legion Meter will rapidly charge your smartphone by optimizing the charge speed and the iStick is the first USB Flash drive that allows connection through the Apple lightening connector.
Unforeseeable Failure of Logic in Washing Machine Manual
Made by Monkeys 
5/30/2014  22 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Tiny Parrot Drone Takes Full HD Videos
News 
5/29/2014  48 comments
Parrot's new hand-launchable Bebop Drone quadricopter is either super-cool or downright scary. It's stuffed with tech that lets it take 180-degree aerial videos with a 14 megapixel Full HD camera, plus a ton of other abilities.
Video: Teen-Run Company Turns Smartphone Into Stethoscope
STEM Connection 
5/22/2014  15 comments
Suman Mulumudi, 15, has created a way to turn a smartphone into a stethoscope. He's capitalizing on his invention through his Seattle-based startup, StratoScientific.
This Watch Lets You Feel the Time
Blog 
5/21/2014  9 comments
If you or someone you know is vision impaired, you know how difficult it can be to do something as simple as check the time. Eone Timepieces recently developed a universal timepiece to address this issue, which will likely change the way watches are designed for the blind.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
Blog 
5/20/2014  50 comments
Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives. Here are 10 of them.
Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
Blog 
5/19/2014  47 comments
Here are the top 15 engineering schools, ranked by the average starting salaries of their graduates. The list also show each school's mid-career average salary.
3D Printing Needs to Open Up
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2014  13 comments
The prototyping-based models 3D printing has used for 30 years must change if the industry is to continue growing and shift to production parts, says a new Lux Research study.
Video: World's Fastest RC Racer
Blog 
5/16/2014  9 comments
Nic Case has beat his own land speed record with the world’s fastest RC car. This time he hit 188 MPH!
14 Things to See at EDS 2014
Product News 
5/15/2014  5 comments
The critical words at this year’s EDS were energy efficiency, miniaturization, and ruggedness. Here’s a brief sampling of components introduced at the show.
Home Health Devices Will Double by 2018
Blog 
5/15/2014  8 comments
An aging population, the proliferation of connected devices, and the growing need to contain healthcare costs will produce a spike in the global market for home health technologies in the coming years.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Motion Sensor Keyboard
Blog 
5/14/2014  8 comments
Combining simple proximity sensors into a keyboard, Microsoft Research creates a type-hover-swipe keyboard. Unfortunately, it's just a prototype.
Slideshow: Proto Labs Buys 3D Printing Service Bureau
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2014  18 comments
Not long after 3D printing leader Stratasys bought two service bureaus, rapid prototyping service bureau extraordinaire Proto Labs has embraced the technology by buying a service bureau focused solely on additive manufacturing. Before this acquisition, Proto Labs has concentrated on CNC machining and injection molding.
Your HMI in the Palm of Your Hand
Features 
5/13/2014  2 comments
Concurrent with the trend to consumerize HMI, we're seeing an increase in mobilized HMI. Not surprisingly, given all these new devices connecting to the plant, security is becoming an issue.
Wearable Tech Meets the IoT Meets the Cloud
Blog 
5/12/2014  4 comments
A number of tech trends, including the IoT, cloud computing, and wearable technology, are converging as they expand.
May Is National Electrical Safety Month
Guest Blogs 
5/12/2014  3 comments
National Electrical Safety month is in full swing, so this is a good time for reviewing electrical safety practices.
Banana Pi Rivals Raspberry Pi
Blog 
5/9/2014  2 comments
There's certainly no shortage of single-board computers on the market today, but few have gained the popularity of Raspberry Pi. So what does a company do in order to compete against the fruity computer company with a cornerstone on the market? Developers, meet Banana Pi.
Video: Product-Design Grads Target Medical Woes
Blog 
5/9/2014  3 comments
Inventions for people suffering from asthma, seasonal affective disorder, and arthritis are among those developed by the 2014 graduates of Drexel University’s first Product Design Program. The program requires its senior class to create products that can solve real-life problems.
10 Epic Flaws in Product Design Revealed
Blog 
5/8/2014  88 comments
You can’t please every consumer 100% of the time, and that is certainly the case when it comes to product design. No matter how carefully something is developed or packaged, and no matter how many times its designers test and retest it, there is often some flawed design element in the product that only rears its ugly head with prolonged consumer use.
Slideshow: Recyclable 3D Printing Material Beats ABS & PLA
Engineering Materials 
5/8/2014  4 comments
What if you could get a 3D printing filament that's strong like ABS, but easier to use like PLA, and more flexible than both? Better yet, what if it was also recyclable? Startup independent 3D printing materials company MadeSolid offers that material: PET+.
This Is Not Your Father’s Plant
Blog 
5/6/2014  6 comments
A revolution of technology has completely revamped the plant; a new generation of engineers is taking automation and control into the future.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
Features 
5/6/2014  3 comments
We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
Inside Google's Project Tango Smartphone
Blog 
5/2/2014  7 comments
Project Tango, an Android-based phone prototype developed by Google, is designed to make 3D maps of the user's environment for integration into apps.
Stratasys Acquires Solid Concepts & Harvest Technologies
News 
5/2/2014  2 comments
The two new companies will be combined with RedEye, Stratasys' printing service that sells 3D parts directly to customers.
Migrating Legacy Devices to the IIoT
Guest Blogs 
5/2/2014  3 comments
Following on the heels of breathless coverage of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is now also garnering some well-deserved attention.
Microcontroller Simplifies Embedded Development
Electronic News & Comment 
5/2/2014  2 comments
A new microcontroller from Freescale Semiconductor aims to simplify embedded software development for both experienced engineers and novices alike.
12 Engineering Toys for Your Youth
Blog 
5/1/2014  29 comments
A review of some of today's top engineering toys shows a wide range of possibilities for budding engineers.
City X Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/1/2014  2 comments
The City X Project uses Cubify 3D printers in a three-day workshop to inspire kids' interest in making and 3D printing.
Get Ready for Heterogeneous Computing
Guest Blogs 
4/28/2014  4 comments
Heterogeneous computing -- parallel use of specialized processors alongside a CPU -- will be the basis for many future embedded systems.
3D-Printed Bioplastics Coming Soon
Engineering Materials 
4/25/2014  27 comments
Bioplastics formulator and manufacturer Sierra Resins and distributor 3D Printlife are working together to introduce a new biofilament for 3D printers.
Rezence Courts Tech Companies to Create Wireless Power Standard
Blog 
4/25/2014  15 comments
Rezence pushes large corporations to join their wireless power efforts -- mostly to get their business, but also push the tech into the mainstream.
Web Tool Simplifies Design of Circuit Protection
Product News 
4/25/2014  9 comments
A new web-based software tool aims to give engineers a fast, intuitive way to design circuit-protection systems for their electronic products.
Smart Glasses Rival Google
Blog 
4/23/2014  33 comments
Lumus and eyeSight have partnered to create consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses without the bulk.
Samsung Gear Fit Teardown
Blog 
4/21/2014  15 comments
Samsung's fitness-oriented smart watch features a curved super AMOLED touchscreen display.
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