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Rob Spiegel

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Engineering Disasters: Galloping Gertie – the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
11/25/2014  2
Here's an engineering disaster that made the engineering history books. The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the ...

Sylvie Barak

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How to Design Better 'Things'
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
11/25/2014  4
The Internet of Things is really full of very crappy things. At least according to Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner.

Dave Palmer

Blog
Is Sexism Driving Women Out of Engineering?
Dave Palmer, P.E.
11/25/2014  3
When my daughter decided she wanted to study engineering, I was very proud of her. At the same time, in the back of my mind, I wondered if she knew what she was in for. As a woman ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

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AutoDesk, Artec Make 3D Modeling Easier
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
11/25/2014  0

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Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 2
Design News Staff
11/24/2014  1
Welcome to round 2 of voting in Design News and Allied Electronics annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest!

Sylvie Barak

Blog
Driverless Cars Require More Passenger Trust
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
11/24/2014  17
It may seem like there's a lot of excitement around driverless cars of late, but a recent study has claimed 88% of Americans wouldn't want to ride in one. That comes down to a lack ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
HP's 3D Printing Plans Still Seem a Little Out of Reach
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
11/24/2014  2
When I reported last month on Hewlett-Packard's new Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D-printing technology, I wasn't very impressed. After all, if anyone could do something interesting and ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
12 Black Friday Gadgets for Someone You Hate
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
11/21/2014  25
In the spirit of "What on earth were they thinking?" we bring you some of the most peculiar recent product designs. They include a blood-like energy drink, a skull full of music, ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Transformed into Solar-Powered Bike Path
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
11/21/2014  16
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they've also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which ...

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Low-Power Wireless for the IIoT
11/25/2014
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Low-power wireless networking can extend the network edge and improve uptime to support the Industrial Internet of Things.

Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
11/24/2014
 6
"Supercaps” are moving from mundane applications, such as internal battery backup and memory protection, to high-profile smartphones, hybrids, and electric vehicles.

System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
10/28/2014
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As the industry has grown and adapted to the various types of automation and motion control solutions, achieving the desired result with the least cost and effort on behalf of the user has always been the top priority.

Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
10/24/2014
 2
Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.

Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
10/20/2014
 1
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.

Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
10/17/2014
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With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, it’s important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.

Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
10/16/2014
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This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.

COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
10/15/2014
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The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.

Team Sigma's Steady-Cam Quadcopter
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The Easy Way to Control a Robot
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The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that ...
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Motor/Gearhead Extend Applications
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Gadget Freak Case #254: Motion ...
Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a ...
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What Reality Will You Make?
Cal Poly students use 3D printing to take flight -- and pass their class.
Video: German Kids Can Build Better LEGO Robots
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The ornaments will be the result of the first-ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge, a ...
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Would You Let Your Kids Play With Atomic Energy?
In the early 1950s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab offered young people the opportunity to ...
Where Rubber Meets the Bike Rack
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The Singing Telephone Switch
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