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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in January 2014
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  45 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.
You’ll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
Blog 
1/22/2014  Post a comment
We’ve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes won’t make you an expert, it’ll 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  6 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. It’s here, it’s 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  6 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  5 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  14 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  26 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 Nation’s 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  37 comments
Electrical engineering students learn magnetism, engineering tools of design and analysis, electricity, and mathematics of design and analysis. And they’re trained to manufacture and design safe and economical products that can enhance the lives of humans.
Video: How We Can Expect to Manage Entertainment in 2014
Blog 
1/6/2014  20 comments
The future of entertainment control and use is headed toward gesture and interactive connectivity.
Slideshow: Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown
Product News 
1/3/2014  8 comments
After making its debut during the WWDC 2013 Keynote, the reimagined, reformulated Mac Pro finally arrived at iFixit's doorstep.
Slideshow: Meet the 2014 Rising Engineering Star
Blog 
1/3/2014  12 comments
Justine Haupt, a design engineer with Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named the top innovator in this year's Rising Engineering Stars contest.




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