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posted in July 2014
Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google's Ranks
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2014  10 comments
At this yearís Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Design Considerations for Maximizing Backplane Data Speeds
Features 
7/30/2014  1 comment
Designers and connector suppliers must work together to prepare for the future of high-speed data transmission.
Work Out While You Work
Blog 
7/29/2014  42 comments
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Blog 
7/28/2014  4 comments
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
Features 
7/28/2014  1 comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Blog 
7/25/2014  30 comments
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
STEM Connection 
7/25/2014  11 comments
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
Gadget Freak Review: The Coolest Cooler; Rotating Wireless Charger
Gadget Freak 
7/24/2014  21 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
IBM Invests $3B in Powerful Processors of the Future
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/23/2014  5 comments
IBM announced it is dedicating $3 billion of funding over the next five years to research and development of new processor technologies.
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
Blog 
7/21/2014  29 comments
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Will Robots Give Jobs or Take Them Away?
Engineering Materials 
7/21/2014  42 comments
Lots of people who write about robots say they give us jobs, instead of taking them away from humans. Based on the evidence in some recent studies, I'm not so sure.
Do You Really Need 4 GB of RAM to Type a Letter?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/17/2014  33 comments
The recent decision by the German parliament to consider a move back to typewriters may serve as a lesson, not only in the need for secure products, but also in the dangers of overdesign.
Smartwatch Wars: LG G Watch
Blog 
7/15/2014  7 comments
The LG G Watch is a smartwatch that was released by LG on June 25. It runs the Android-based Android Wear OS. See how it compares to Samsung's Gear Live, released the same day.
Researchers Develop Quick-Charging Li Battery Architecture
Blog 
7/15/2014  8 comments
Researchers worldwide are working to minimize the time it takes to recharge a Li battery. The latest research coming out of the University of California could cut the time it takes to recharge to 10 minutes.
Video: Vanderbilt Student Develops Nanowire 3 Atoms Thick
STEM Connection 
7/15/2014  1 comment
One PhD student says tablets might be as thin as a sheet of paper, and flexible, too, thanks to the creation of nanowires just three atoms thick.
Smartwatch Wars: Samsung Gear Live
Blog 
7/14/2014  8 comments
The Samsung Gear Live is an Android Wear-based smartwatch announced and released by Samsung and Google on June 25, 2014. Join us today as we take a look inside. Then, come back tomorrow as we tear open the LG G Watch to see how it compares.
Learn More About Bluetooth Low Energy
News 
7/14/2014  3 comments
Engineers who want to learn more about Bluetooth Low Energy will have their chance in an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Course.
Video: Teen Invents iPhone-Charging Insole
STEM Connection 
7/14/2014  10 comments
Angelo Casimiro, a 15-year-old living in the Philippines, has designed an insole that uses two pairs of piezoelectric discs that produce electricity when they bend inward. When a person steps down on the discs in the insole, they produce electricity. He used two sets of discs to produce double the amount of electricity that one set would allow.
Fast, Cheap, Stretchable Electronics Made With Sewing Machine
Engineering Materials 
7/11/2014  11 comments
Purdue researchers have used a commercial sewing machine to quickly create stretchable electronics from conventional thin wire and a silicone elastomer used for making special-effect movie masks.
AirDog Drone Provides the Ultimate Selfie
Blog 
7/11/2014  6 comments
AirDog is a small, foldable quadcopter that follows users everywhere they go and records their every move with the GoPro camera. The drone was intended for persons who already use the GoPro camera but want footage of themselves in action -- ideal for extreme sport enthusiasts or filmmakers.
Smart Bracelet Keeps Tabs on Your Cell
Blog 
7/10/2014  13 comments
Early wearable technology has come in the form of clothing, such as shirts with sensors for monitoring sleep or exercise levels. But jewelry-inspired technology is starting to emerge as the next innovation in smart wearables.
Teardown: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Revealed
Blog 
7/9/2014  7 comments
Microsoft released the third generation of its Surface Pro tablet, and the team at iFixit immediately took it apart.
DARPA Brings Mobile Hotspots to Soldiers
Blog 
7/9/2014  5 comments
In an effort to bring a mobile hotspot to soldiers serving in remote locations, DARPA is looking to outfit UAVs with a "millimeter-wave communications backhaul network" capable of providing 1 Gbps.
Video: Power Line Perching UAV Doubles Down on Drone Delivery
Blog 
7/8/2014  21 comments
Last December Amazon.com unveiled a plan for a delivery system of drones that can deliver packages to people living within 10 miles of a distribution center. One of the reasons for that mileage limit is that the unmanned aerial vehicles the company plans to use only have enough battery life to cover that distance without recharging. MIT is out to change that.
iPod Touch 5th Gen: The Guts & the Glory
Blog 
7/7/2014  11 comments
Apple has quietly introduced an updated version of the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB. Join us as we explore the newest addition to the iPod Touch family. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB 2014 teardown.
Video: 3D Print Your Home With Cement
Blog 
7/7/2014  10 comments
Andrey Rudenko of Minnesota has a 3D printer that uses cement, which could lead to a future full of 3D-printed structures.
Bluetooth Module Enables Easy Implementation of Low-Power Wireless
Product News 
7/7/2014  10 comments
A new Bluetooth Smart Module offers a simple way for engineers to create low-power, wireless products.
10 Engineering-Friendly Foods
Blog 
7/3/2014  38 comments
Normally itís chefs who find inspiration in food. But a number of clever engineers and inventors are doing the same these days, developing new materials, biofuels, ways to harvest energy, and other inventions by using common foods and food waste to create the foundation or impetus for their designs.
This App Detects Cancer
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/3/2014  22 comments
University of Houston researchers created DermoScreen, an app that can detect skin cancer via a smartphone.
Actions Quietly Comes in With 64-bit ARM SoC
Blog 
7/3/2014  3 comments
With a newly printed license from ARM for its 64-bit Cortex A50 processor line, Actions will have a SoC available by the end of the year, as part of its new ATM900x family.
Teardown: Get to Know the OnePlus One
Blog 
7/2/2014  8 comments
Industry newcomer OnePlus aims to adjust everything you know about smartphones, and possibly arithmetic, with the OnePlus One.
Microchip MCU Combines Low Power With Security
Product News 
7/2/2014  5 comments
A new family of microcontrollers (MCUs) with sleep currents as low as 18 nA promises to cut power consumption, while providing data protection for low-power applications.
Advantages of the ARM Cortex-M4 Processor
Blog 
7/2/2014  3 comments
Here are of the advantages of using the ARM Cortex-M4 processor for motor control, automotive, power management, embedded audio, and industrial automation.
Video: CityHome Transforms Your Studio Apartment
Blog 
7/1/2014  13 comments
MIT Media Lab's Changing Places group has developed a piece of smart furniture that serves as every piece of furniture you need. Meet CityHome.
Position Sensor Boosts Rotational Measurement Accuracy
Product News 
7/1/2014  4 comments
A new family of magnetic position sensors promises to boost accuracy of pumps and motors in applications ranging from automobiles to factory automation systems.
Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
Features 
7/1/2014  1 comment
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.




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