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Slideshow: Top Medical Tech Engineering Innovations
Electronic News & Comment 
3/30/2012  22 comments
Bionic limbs, innovative infusion systems, and transcranial doppler brain scanners are just some of the innovations engineers are bringing to the exploding medical design arena.
Are Automakers' Managers Hurting Engineering?
Captain Hybrid 
3/29/2012  50 comments
Toyota and Honda again dominated Consumer Reports' reliability ratings, while BMW, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Chrysler again brought up the rear.
Freescale Unveils Computing Architecture for Industrial HMIs
News 
3/28/2012  18 comments
A new multicore processor portfolio could simplify the "consumerization" of the industrial market, enabling rich interfaces to be more easily integrated into products such as refrigerators, exercise equipment, patient monitors, and industrial automation systems.
Video: GM's Robo-Glove Mimics Human Hand
News 
3/27/2012  27 comments
A robotic device may make it easier for auto workers to grip and squeeze objects on an assembly line.
Comment:Re: Dirt? - Charles Murray-3/26/2012
Internal Combustion Engines Primed for Performance
Captain Hybrid 
3/26/2012  70 comments
From tiny inline-fours to muscular diesels to split-cycle engines, conventional internal combustion engines are advancing at a torrid pace.
DESIGN West: Microchip Boosts 8-Bit MCU Integration
Product News 
3/26/2012  8 comments
A new set of eight-bit microcontrollers to be unveiled at Design West today feature a level of peripheral integration that could make it easier to design products with closed-loop embedded control.
ARM Says New Architecture Could Cut Cost of 32-Bit MCUs
Product News 
3/21/2012  8 comments
A new core architecture developed by ARM could cut the cost of a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) to as low as 30 cents for applications ranging from touchscreens and motor controllers to stoves and refrigerators.
Ford Escape Taps Capacitive Sensing for Hands-Free Liftgate
Electronic News & Comment 
3/21/2012  19 comments
Ford engineers used capacitive sensing technology to create a hands-free liftgate on the 2013 Ford Escape.
High Voltage Amps Up the Automobile
Captain Hybrid 
3/20/2012  15 comments
Engineers need a new breed of wires, interconnects, and other electronic components to handle the bigger loads of electrified vehicles.
Electric Car Subsidies Won't Make EV Batteries Better
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2012  38 comments
Higher subsidies would likely boost electric vehicle sales, but experts say the battery issue still need to be addressed.
Comment:Small size - Charles Murray-3/16/2012
DESIGN West Preview: Tesla CTO Keynoting on EV Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
3/16/2012  5 comments
JB Straubel, chief technical officer and a founding team member of Tesla Motors, will deliver a keynote speech on creating electric cars at the Design West show and conference.
Comment:Re: Vinyl? - Charles Murray-3/15/2012
Home Healthcare Technology Gaining Momentum
News 
3/15/2012  11 comments
Medical technology is moving from the clinic to the home, even as the healthcare industry struggles to adjust to the home-based business model.
Slideshow: Airbags From the Inside Out
Captain Hybrid 
3/13/2012  65 comments
Automakers once balked at the idea of an airbag mandate. Today, airbags come standard, and are even seen in seatbelts and center consoles.
$100k Fisker Karma 'Bricked' During Consumer Reports Test
Captain Hybrid 
3/12/2012  56 comments
A Fisker Karma died in a parking lot during testing at the Consumer Reports automotive test facility in Connecticut last week.
GM: We're Not Pulling the Plug on Chevy Volt
Captain Hybrid 
3/7/2012  41 comments
The temporary halt in the production of the Chevy Volt isn't a sign that the Volt is dead or that electric cars are disappearing.
EV Battery Might Triple Electric Car Range
Captain Hybrid 
3/6/2012  103 comments
A startup company has created a low-cost electric car battery with an energy density they claim is almost three times as high as that of the Nissan Leaf battery.
Comment:Re: Nano - Charles Murray-3/2/2012
Debate Continues as Ruling on Backup Cameras Postponed
Captain Hybrid 
3/2/2012  49 comments
The postponement of a rule on backup cameras in new vehicles did not stop the debate over the issue.


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