Nominations are now open for this year's Golden Mousetrap Awards, where you can tell us about the best products you introduced over the past year. We are looking for products that are exceptional, cutting-edge, and ahead of the rest, in the following categories: Electronics & Test, Automation & Control, Materials & Assembly, and Design Tools: Hardware & Software.
Entries are $295 and will be judged this year by Design News's editors, as well as our esteemed Advisory Board. Products that entered the marketplace between Sept. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014 are eligible.
Like last year, winners will be announced in February during a live ceremony at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., where you will also meet the winner of our Rising Engineering Star contest!
Click here to enter today. Deadline for entries is Oct. 23. Good luck!
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.