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Rob Spiegel

Blog
16 Robot Stars From the 1970s
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
7/22/2014  6
Robots came into their own in the 1970s. Gone were the low-budget black-and-white B movies. Now robots roamed in full-color feature films with A-list actors. 1973 was the ...

Ann R. Thryft

News
Video: Fusion Window Loses 35% of Weight
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/22/2014  5
Ford Motor Co. has been showing off its Lightweight Concept vehicle, which uses several advanced lightweighting materials to reduce the overall weight of a standard production 2013 ...

Alastair Stell

Sherlock Ohms
System Lockup Stumps Engineer
Alastair Stell
7/22/2014  0
I started working for IBM Havant in Britain even before the results of my university degree were announced. I was very green, and the real world of banking system computers was a ...

Lauren Muskett

Gadget Freak
Share Your Invention & Win Big Money
Lauren Muskett, Assistant Managing Editor
7/22/2014  0
There is still time to get in your gadgets for the Design News and Allied Electronics second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. What's there to think about? The top three ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
7/21/2014  13
It seems these days that everything is getting smarter, from your phone to your home to your car. Cities are no different, with major global metropolitan areas implementing a vast ...

Charles Murray

Captain Hybrid
Battery-Electric Vehicles: It's a Question of Trickle-Down
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
7/21/2014  6
If you've charted the course of the electric car market over many years, then you know that we've always been two years away from a metamorphosis … or five years … or ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Will Robots Give Jobs or Take Them Away?
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/21/2014  22
In recent Design News stories, we've featured robot reporters, robots that take over astronauts' tasks, and back in February, robots taking over more jobs in the plant. Lots of ...

Jessica Skorut

STEM Connection
GoEngineer Kicks Off Kids' Camp
Jessica Skorut, GoEngineer
7/21/2014  1
GoEngineer's Kids' Camp just kicked off in Boise, Idaho last week.

Chandrakanth Pollishetty

Gadget Freak
Gadget Freak Case #259: Gag Bomb Countdown Timer
Chandrakanth Pollishetty
7/18/2014  39
I created this Hollywood movie-style gag bomb that doubles as an alarm clock and a countdown timer. This is a fun project that you can build in a day or two. It is made using an ...

Kudos
Features

Smart Power for Smart Infrastructure
7/8/2014
 1
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
 2
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
 3
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
 3
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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FemtoFET™: Smallest MOSFET
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LDC1000: A Revolution in Sensing
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This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm clock and a countdown timer.
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This Gadget Freak review looks at a Kickstarter campaign for an auto-follow action sports drone ...
GoEngineer Kicks Off Kids' Camp
These free camps are designed for children ages 10-18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD ...
Siemens PLM Partners With Penn State
Siemens PLM has given an in-kind grant -- to the tune of $750M -- to Penn State University so ...
Video: Vanderbilt Student Develops Nanowire 3 ...
One PhD student says tablets might be as thin as a sheet of paper, and flexible, too, thanks to ...
Video: Teen Invents iPhone-Charging Insole
Angelo Casimiro, a 15-year-old living in the Philippines, has designed an insole that uses two ...
Who Deserves to Make the Big Bucks?
In the words of FIRST founder Dean Kamen, "Why are we celebrating someone who can throw a ...
Parking Decal Puts Driver in Sticky Spot
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Entering the Auto Part Abyss
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System Lockup Stumps Engineer
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Porch Light KOs Door Bell
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Use Your Head to Solve the Tough Problems
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