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posted in June 2014
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
Blog 
6/30/2014  33 comments
Here’s a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Storage Technique Brings Plastic Computers 1 Step Closer
Blog 
6/30/2014  11 comments
Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a way to convert digital signals into optical ones with low energy cost.
The $250 3D Printer & Custom Cookie Cutter
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/27/2014  16 comments
The MOD-t 3D printer, from New Matter, is a low-cost printer that is easy to use and one of the cheapest yet. Cookie Caster lets a user design his or her own cookie cutters and have them made. It's the cloud at work!
VirtualBench Wraps Test Instruments Into NextGen Package
Product News 
6/26/2014  2 comments
National Instruments has introduced an all-in-one digitized lab bench product that combines an oscilloscope, multimeter, and power supply into a single unit with consumer-like displays.
TI Rolls Out FRAM MCU Platform for Ultra-Low-Power Applications
Product News 
6/25/2014  6 comments
A new microcontroller platform with embedded ferroelectric random access memory could provide an ultra-low-power solution for applications ranging from smart utility metering to remote industrial sensing to building automation.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2014  11 comments
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing a thermoplastic carbon composite wheel with a matrix based on SABIC's ULTEM resin. Kringlan says its process is geared toward high volumes, short cycle times, and in-house recycling of production waste and end-of-life materials.
Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/24/2014  8 comments
Autodesk Spark brings the company to the 3D printer table with a resin-based system of its own.
Manufacturing Is Coming Back. Well, Mostly
Blog 
6/24/2014  17 comments
This year, Motorola Mobility will close the factory that it opened last year in Fort Worth, Texas, to build smartphones. It's an old argument, but there's something to be said for having your manufacturing facility not too far from the rest of your company, specifically the design and quality assurance teams, and having your manufacturing facility not too far from your customers.
Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture
News 
6/23/2014  17 comments
The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.
Gadget Freak Review: Action Sports Drone; Fashionable Wearable Tech
Gadget Freak 
6/20/2014  12 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a Kickstarter campaign for an auto-follow action sports drone and a fashionable wearable ring that will discretely alert you of an incoming notification on your smartphone.
Views of a Wearable Future
Blog 
6/19/2014  10 comments
Intel plans a hard push toward wearable tech and Samsung is already on the campaign.
10 Ways Your Home Is Smarter Than You
Blog 
6/18/2014  35 comments
The promise of the smart home is slowly becoming a reality, with the technology and services available to digitally enhance your house to perform a number of tasks automatically that people have traditionally done themselves.
The IIoT: It’s Everywhere
Blog 
6/18/2014  8 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming an important factor in the growing efficiency and optimization of plants.
Hands Up! Your Money or Your Data
Electronic News & Comment 
6/17/2014  45 comments
Ransomware can lock up your data unless you pay to get it back. But there's nothing you can do about it.
QuickLogic Gestures Positively Toward Wearables
Blog 
6/16/2014  2 comments
Wearable technology is making an impact in people's lives, and that phenomenon will continue, likely in a bigger way than we currently realize.
WeDidIt Brings Gaming to the Disabled
Blog 
6/13/2014  2 comments
The AbleGamers Foundation, which seeks to make video gaming accessible to disabled persons who struggle with using traditional controllers and games, recently launched the WeDidIt campaign. The organization seeks to raise $200,000 by April 2015.
10 Uses for Drones That Could Change Your Opinion of Them
Blog 
6/12/2014  52 comments
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are still largely tied in public image to their use to deliver deadly missiles during military engagements. This has tarnished their reputation for many people, but that is currently changing as drones move beyond their military use and more and more into the commercial sector.
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.




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