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Marin Davide

Gadget Freak
Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire Muscles Actuate Biped
Marin Davide
7/11/2014  1
The prototype we are going to build shows one application of memory wire muscles. They are actuators, like stepper motors or servos, that can be much lighter, have a more organic ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Fast, Cheap, Stretchable Electronics Made With Sewing Machine
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/11/2014  2
Engineers at Purdue University have come up with a novel way to make stretchable electronics that expand to five times their original length. How? By sewing wire interconnects on a ...

Cabe Atwell

Blog
AirDog Drone Provides the Ultimate Selfie
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
7/11/2014  1
In the young adult novel Extras, everyone in the city of Yokohama is followed by their own personal floating cameras. Their goal is to produce the top viewed video on the city's ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Servo Technology Makes for Flexible, Efficient Plants
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
7/11/2014  0
Thanks to AC servo technology, plants no longer thunder, screech, and whine. Servo technology has brought the plant down to a low hum. But that's aesthetics. The more operational ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
Slideshow: Electric Motorcycles Get Revved
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
7/10/2014  20
Harley-Davidson's recent announcement that it's testing a battery-powered hog may have taken Americans by surprise, but Harley is hardly alone. During the first half of 2014, at ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Video: Wear Your Own Pair of Robot Arms
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/10/2014  18
This is definitely not for everybody. I will not be getting in line to sign up for extra robot arms from MIT. They make you look too much like a multi-legged insect. But I know some ...

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Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
Smart Bracelet Keeps Tabs on Your Cell
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
7/10/2014  7
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 ...

Cabe Atwell

Blog
A*STAR Develops Self-Powered Photodetector for Wireless Sensing
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
7/10/2014  5
Placing sensors in remote areas for monitoring the environment is often inefficient when it comes to powering those devices. In most cases, those sensors run on solar or battery ...

Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com

Blog
Teardown: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Revealed
Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com
7/9/2014  7
It has finally come: Microsoft's all-new Surface Pro 3 -- all-new in the sense that it's third in a trilogy of devices. Where the second was actually just a rehashing of the ...

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Features

Smart Power for Smart Infrastructure
7/8/2014
 0
Remote wireless sensors powered for decades by primary lithium batteries are essential to revitalizing America's aging infrastructure.

ABCs of Micro Molding: Understanding the Differences
7/7/2014
 1
Designing parts using micro molding is similar in many ways to designing with conventional injection molding. But there are a few critical differences. This guide helps engineers navigate the process.

Keeping the Production Line Up
7/7/2014
 1
Ease of diagnostics and advanced parameter data are key reasons IO-Link is on the rise.

Ultracapacitors Can Provide the Necessary Charge for Remote Power
7/3/2014
 4
Similar to a standard capacitor, an ultracap can save the day in many applications.

Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
7/1/2014
 1
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.

Design Renaissance in Manufacturing
6/30/2014
 2
Technology has long been a critical factor in designing products for manufacturing, and that technology has come into full bloom in the last couple years.

SCADA Advances Enhance Efficiency
6/27/2014
 1
SCADA software offers improved user interaction and better integration with other systems.

Smart I/O Simplifies Packaging Automation
6/26/2014
 1
Adding distributed intelligence and advanced processing capabilities via I/O slices can boost performance and provide a replacement for hard-wired safety relays.

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Piezo Motor With Integrated Encoder
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Nordson EFD Dispensing Solutions
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Marin Davide created a flexible thermochromic display that ...
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When Dick Neubert discovered that his fireplace's ...
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Marin Davide has developed a digital stick for the blind ...
FemtoFET™: Smallest MOSFET
TI's Rich Nowakowski discusses the industry’s smallest, ...
Gadget Freak Case #247: Back to the ...
Our teenage gadget master John Duffy has created a manual ...
LDC1000: A Revolution in Sensing
David introduces the world's first inductance-to-digital ...
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Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire Muscles ...
Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a shape memory alloy that works like a ...
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You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect data for months to years on a single ...
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Who Deserves to Make the Big Bucks?
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