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Ann R. Thryft

Blog
12 Robots That Play Sports
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
10/20/2014  1
Lots of humanoid walking robots are not only good at walking and talking -- they're also good at running, balancing, and the kind of coordinated movements made in group settings ...

Barry Davies

Sherlock Ohms
The Singing Telephone Switch
Barry Davies
10/20/2014  1
I worked for a company that designed and manufactured electronic telephone switches for landline phones. Some years ago our technical support department was contacted by a customer ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
30 Seconds With 3DP Unlimited
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
10/20/2014  0
Melissa Cavanagh of 3DP Unlimited describes the company's large format 3D printer, which has a build area of 1 m x 1 m x 0.5 m, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, held ...

Doug Swift

Gadget Freak
Gadget Freak Case #264: Drink Delivery Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum
Doug Swift
10/17/2014  4
The DDV-IP is an inverted pendulum driving machine. DDV-IP stands for Drink Delivery Vehicle - Inverted Pendulum. The concept is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
30 Seconds With iFixit
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
10/17/2014  3
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. During a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, held in ...

Ann R. Thryft

News
Shellfish-Inspired Glue Sticks Underwater
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
10/17/2014  4
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete -- and they manage to hold on for a long time, even underwater. ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Automation Market Set for Extended Boom Times
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
10/17/2014  3
A number of converging trends are creating demand for automation technologies, according to The Global Automation Market Factbook by Frost and Sullivan. The analysis points to ...

Pamela Moore

Pamela Moore
New Materials in FDM: 3D Printing Evolves
Pamela Moore, SVP, Content and Strategy
10/17/2014  4
3D printing is becoming a true manufacturing, not just prototyping, process facilitated by new materials. "We are aiming to meet manufacturing requirements for end-use ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Engineering Disasters: Deadly Zaps from the Therac-25
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
10/16/2014  24
Whenever I have an X-ray, I get a strange thought as the technician leaves the room: What if the machine delivers too much juice? Then my rational mind kicks in, saying that could ...

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Features

Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
10/20/2014
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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.

3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
10/13/2014
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Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?

A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
10/10/2014
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The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.

Custom Wooden Boats Are Eminently Functional
10/3/2014
 2
When you’re in the custom transportation business and designing cars, planes, or boats to meet one person’s needs, taste, or budget, you never know what’s going to come through the door next. That’s the challenge facing Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, Mich., but it’s one the company relishes.

5 Factors That Will Drive ROI for Food/Beverage Manufacturers
9/24/2014
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These important industry trends affect your plant’s ROI now -- and into the future.

Gadget Freak Case # 264: Drink Delivery ...
The DDV-IP is an inverted pendulum driving machine. The ...
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Watch as Digi-Key’s Reid Landsrud pushes CUI’s AMT encoder ...
Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar ...
The Easy Way to Control a Robot
Daymon Thompson of Beckhoff Automation uses Google Glass to ...
Gadget Freak Case #262: Boat Lift ...
Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs ...
Gadget Freak Case #261: Dr. Seuss ...
Colorado State University students have created a Dr. Seuss ...
Gadget Freak Case #260: Arduino Solar ...
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a ...
Gadget Freak Case #259: Gag Bomb ...
This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm ...
Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire ...
Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a ...
Gadget Freak Case #257: TempBug -- ...
You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect ...
Low-Profile Retaining Rings
Smalley Hoopster® Rings fit into shallower grooves than ...
Gadget Freak Case #256: Yoga Breathalyzer
The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that ...
Gadget Freak Case #255: Touch-Sensitive ...
Roshenac Mitchell's aim for the project was to aid the ...
Motor/Gearhead Extend Applications
Micromo is pushing its components into some innovative and ...
Gadget Freak Case #254: Motion ...
Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a ...
Piezo Motor With Integrated Encoder
The new LR-17 rotary motor, offered with an integrated ...
Gadget Freak Case #253: Peltier ...
Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it ...
Gadget Freak Case #252: Animated ...
Al Linke's animated weather display uses a Rasberry Pi to ...
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William Grill needed a counter to play a game of call shot, ...
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Gadget Freak Case #264: Drink Delivery ...
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty ...
Get Your Gadget Freak On
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second-annual Gadget Freak of ...
Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar to play with his band.
Gadget Freak Case #262: Boat Lift Controller ...
Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs he wanted, so he created his own for ...
Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; ...
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, ...
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community ...
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in ...
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to ...
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student ...
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is ...
Teaching Electrical Engineering Concepts With ...
Is it possible to teach electrical engineering concepts to 5 year olds? AnnMarie Thomas, an ...
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering ...
Changing the Starter Revealed Wrong Bolts
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Wall-Mounted Telephone Has Invisible Display
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Kitchen Timer Buckles Under Pressure
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
A $20K Unserviceable TV Graphics Machine
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Washing Machine Refuses to Clean Clothes
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The Singing Telephone Switch
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
Sherlock Ohms Discovers the Backward ICs
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
The Challenge of Designing a 1- to 4-Way ...
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
Malfunctioning Fridge Causes Meltdown
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
What Made the Mustang Burn Oil?
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