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Congress Extends Federal Solar Tax Credit
Blog 
2/12/2016  2 comments
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
Report: Solar-Energy Storage Market to Grow to $8 Billion by 2026
Blog 
2/4/2016  1 comment
A recent report from Lux Research is predicting the market for energy storage for solar-energy systems to grow to $8 billion by 2026.
SkyMath iPad App Provides Fun, Personalized Math Learning for Kids
STEM Connection 
1/31/2016  Post a comment
SkyMath integrates various types of learning to help kids develop math skills in a fun, personalized way to promote STEM education.
Seashells Hold Clues to Stronger Materials
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1/29/2016  Post a comment
The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has identified a key process in the formation of calcium carbonate that could lead to the development of stronger materials for renewable energy research.
Google Glass Overtaken By Rivals in Enterprise Adoption of Augmented Reality
Blog 
1/28/2016  1 comment
As augmented reality solutions in manufacturing and other sectors begin to take hold, Google Glass -- the pioneer in technology in the field -- is being pushed aside in favor of better, rival technology, according to a new report by Lux Research.
COMAU, B&R Integrate Robots Into Machine Control
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1/26/2016  Post a comment
Robot maker COMAU Robotics and automation technology provider B&R have introduced openROBOTICS, a new solution that solves a longstanding problem in manufacturing automation—how to integrate robots into machinery control
ON Semiconductor Releases Highest Resolution CCD Image Sensor
Product News 
1/25/2016  Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has released its highest resolution Interline Transfer CCD image sensor, providing high resolution without sacrificing image uniformity and global shutter architecture.
How H. Joseph Gerber Went from Holocaust Survivor to 'Thomas Edison' of Manufacturing
Blog 
1/24/2016  2 comments
H. Joseph Gerber, the founder of Gerber Scientific, has been described as the “Thomas Edison” of manufacturing due to his inventions and contributions to industry. His son, David, tells his father's story -- from Holocaust survivor to National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner -- in a new book.
Girls Who Code Expands STEM Summer Immersion Program to 11 Cities
STEM Connection 
1/22/2016  1 comment
A nonprofit organization that promotes interest in STEM among girls is calling for applications for annual summer technology learning programs that have expanded to 11 cities.
H2W Offers Motion-Profile Calculators to Ease Component Choice
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1/22/2016  Post a comment
H2W Technologies has placed a number of calculators on its website to help engineers determine the best motion profile for an application.
LEDs Drive Cutting-Edge IIoT Applications
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1/20/2016  Post a comment
New applications driven by LEDs are helping lead the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things, with the combination of efficient lighting and connectivity opening the door for numerous smart facility-management applications.
Schneider Releases New Lexium Chip-Based Motion Controller for Compact Applications
Product News 
1/19/2016  Post a comment
Schneider Electric has released a new, ultra-compact programmable motion controller well suited for applications where space is a concern.
IEEE Society: Data Science, 5G, Virtual Reality Among Top Tech Trends in 2016
Blog 
1/15/2016  1 comment
The IEEE Computer Society recently unveiled its top nine technology trends to look out for in 2016.
Design News Quick Poll Results: CAD Still Design Tool of Choice for Engineers
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1/15/2016  2 comments
Engineers say that tried-and-true 3D computer-aided design (CAD) is the most useful tool in their arsenal, according to our latest Quick Poll results.
The IoT: The Security Risks, The Challenges ... The Solutions
Blog 
1/13/2016  1 comment
With the Internet of Things poised to flood wireless networks with potentially billions of new connected devices, security is top of mind for engineers and designers.
5 Cool Green Technologies at CES 2016
Blog 
1/12/2016  5 comments
CES 2016, the annual technology confab, featured some interesting new offerings on the green technology scene.
MEMS Industry Group Reveals Anticipated Trillion Sensor Roadmap
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1/10/2016  Post a comment
The MEMS and Sensors Industry Group unveiled the outline of its TSensors (Trillion Sensors) Roadmap
AES Offers Tom Kite Scholarship to Promising Audio Engineering Students
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1/9/2016  Post a comment
Audio engineering students can take advantage of a new scholarship from the Audio Engineering Society sponsored by Audio Precision in honor of the late Tom Kite, an active AES member for many years who made numerous contributions to the field.
10,000 COMAU Robots Now Controlled by B&R Technology
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1/7/2016  Post a comment
Robot maker COMAU and automation technology provider B&R have reached a significant milestone in their partnership, with 10,000 COMAU robots now controlled by B&R automation technology.
5 Technologies to Watch in 2016
Blog 
1/6/2016  6 comments
Keep an eye on these five technologies for major growth and impact on the engineering space in 2016.
5 Technologies that Made the Big Time in 2015
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1/5/2016  5 comments
With 2015 in the rearview, it’s time to take a look back at some of the top technologies that made a major impact on engineering and design.
Smart Pill Bottle Reminds Patients to Take Their Medication
Blog 
1/2/2016  1 comment
A smart pill bottle from AdhereTech keeps track of medications and alerts people when it’s time for their next dose to help with medication adherence.
TI Contest Challenges Student Engineers to Solve Modern Engineering Problems
STEM Connection 
12/27/2015  1 comment
Undergrad and graduate students can try their hand at solving some modern engineering problems using components from Texas Instruments in the company’s latest North American Design challenge.
Smart Parking Solution Helps You Find a Spot in a Busy Lot, Garage
Blog 
12/24/2015  1 comment
Park Assist and Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS) have designed a solution that includes cameras in color-coded lights to help drivers find open parking spaces in busy garages and lots.
IoT Gifts Top Holiday Wish Lists
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12/21/2015  Post a comment
What’s topping the list of Americans' holiday wish lists this year? Internet of Things-related and other smart, connected gadgets, according to a recent survey.
Test Your Pump Knowledge with ITT Corp.’s ‘Pumps Quiz’
Blog 
12/18/2015  3 comments
For the fifth year in a row as the kick-off event to Pump Appreciation Day, ITT Corp.’s Goulds Pumps, Bornemann, and PRO Services brands are hosting World of Pumps Quiz, an online pump knowledge game.
Scottish Researchers Discover Cheap Way to Produce High-Quality Graphene
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12/17/2015  Post a comment
Engineering professor Ravinder Dahiya and his team at the University of Glasgow have made graphene by using the same inexpensive copper found in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.
Spirol: Edge-Bonded Shims Minimize Assembly Costs for Manufacturers
Product News 
12/16/2015  Post a comment
Edge-bonded shims can reduce assembly time and minimize the costs of assembly for manufacturers when used instead of the more common surface-bonded laminated shims, the company outlines in a recent white paper.
This Self-Healing Gel Doesn't Need Stimuli to Repair and Connect Circuits
Blog 
12/11/2015  2 comments
A researcher at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a self-healing gel that can repair and connect electronic circuits, paving the way for new innovation in flexible electronics, biosensors, and energy-storage devices.
Design News Quick Poll Results: Don’t Believe the IoT Hype
Blog 
12/7/2015  1 comment
The majority of Design News readers think that the Internet of Things is a lot of hype, according to our latest Quick Poll.
3D Printer-Like ‘Prometheus’ Machine Creates Circuit Boards in Minutes
Blog 
12/4/2015  15 comments
A new invention by a robotics startup called Zippy Robotics looks like a 3D printer but instead of printing CAD designs, it prints circuit boards.
Can't Get What You Want for Christmas? Blame the Supply Chain
Blog 
12/3/2015  1 comment
A survey by Riverwood Solutions found that the biggest problem for the supply chain over the busy holiday gift-giving season is visibility.
New Tech Generates Energy From Device Motion
Blog 
12/2/2015  2 comments
New energy-harvesting technology from Jennova that can capture energy from the rotation or spin of any device has potential to provide power for sensors and other connected devices in Internet of Things applications.
ABB Introduces Its Largest Industrial Robot Ever
Product News 
12/1/2015  Post a comment
The IRB 8700 is aimed at material-handling applications in the automotive, transportation, and other heavy industries.
UL Clarifies IEC Guidelines for Safety Features in PLCs
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11/24/2015  Post a comment
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Predictive Maintenance Hits Robotics as Fanuc and Cisco Team Up
Blog 
11/20/2015  2 comments
Cisco Systems has partnered with robotics and automation company Fanuc America to connect industrial robots to a system that ensures they always remain in proper working order.
STMicroelectronics Slays 'Vampire Power'
Product News 
11/18/2015  Post a comment
With a new power-supply chip, the semiconductor giant aims to minimize the loss of power that happens when devices, appliances, and other electronic equipment is in standby mode.
Fanuc Enters Collaborative Robot Fray with 35-kg Model
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11/16/2015  Post a comment
Fanuc America has introduced a new industrial robot which, like Rethink Robotics’ Baxter, can work safely alongside humans without the need for fences or cages.
Wildlife Tagging Sparks Funding for Energy-Harvesting Sensors
Blog 
11/15/2015  1 comment
The National Science Foundation has awarded a mechanical engineering professor in the mountains of Arizona a grant to develop energy-harvesting sensors for marine wildlife.
Smart Wheelchair Uses IoT for Patient Monitoring
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11/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of German engineering students has designed a smart wheelchair and walker that use sensors and the IoT so doctors can monitor a patient’s condition remotely.
Thomson How-To Video Keeps Linear Guides and Bearings Lubricated
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11/13/2015  Post a comment
Design engineers that want to ensure their high-precision linear motion creations are made to last can get some show-and-tell guidance.
3D Printing Is Moving Beyond Prototypes
Blog 
11/12/2015  2 comments
3D printing is not just for prototypes anymore, according to our latest Quick Poll results.
Doctors Raise Skepticism About Usefulness of Wearable Medtech
Blog 
11/11/2015  8 comments
Some physicians are beginning to voice their doubts about the usefulness of wearable medical devices beyond being mere gimmicks or convenient Christmas presents.
Mechatronics Helps Create 'Harmony' in Physical Therapy Robot
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11/10/2015  Post a comment
A group of researchers in the University of Texas-Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have developed what they say is a first-of-its-kind, two-armed, robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton called HARMONY that could provide a new method of high-quality, data-driven therapy to patients suffering from spinal and neurological injuries.
Teacher Learns to Code, Wins Design Contest with Rice Krispies-Loading Robot
STEM Connection 
11/8/2015  Post a comment
A Pennsylvania middle-school teacher who thought it was important to learn how to code robots so he could relay that knowledge to his students has won a design competition with a 3D-printed robotic device that can pick up and place Rice Krispies in a moving container.
Increased Connectivity of Medical Devices Poses New Security Threats
Blog 
11/6/2015  3 comments
The union of medical devices and the IoT is making medical devices more vulnerable to security risks, which means designers of these devices must begin to develop them with security in mind.
Practical Advice for Securing Medical Device Data in the IoT
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11/3/2015  Post a comment
Before medical devices can embrace the IoT and its advantages, manufacturers must be aware of regulatory considerations due to patient confidentiality and other issues that make medical data sensitive to share.
Stanford Students Disprove Long-held Li-Ion Battery Design Theory
Blog 
10/30/2015  2 comments
Two Stanford University students have debunked a long-held belief about carbon black material that could lead to new innovations in lithium-ion battery development.
Why Isn't the Biomedical Industry Adopting MEMS?
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10/30/2015  Post a comment
Microelectromechanical systems have made their way into biomedical devices. However, technical and business challenges remain until the full potential of these systems in the biomedical field can be realized
Portabella Mushroom-Based Bio-Battery Gains Capacity Over Time
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10/28/2015  Post a comment
Researchers at UC California in Riverside have found a new recipe for portabella mushrooms — a bio-battery.
On Cars, Carbon Fiber Composites Could Hit the Front Door
Blog 
10/27/2015  1 comment
Clemson University is leading a $5.8 million research project to develop an ultra-lightweight car door to help automakers meet federal fuel economy standards.
Plastics Innovations in Construction, Food Processing Win Top IAPD Awards
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10/23/2015  Post a comment
Inventions for the construction and food processing industries were among the top winners at an annual contest sponsored by the International Association of Plastics Distribution for innovations using contemporary plastics.
Student Comes Up with Toilet Design for Those Who Lack This Basic Human Right
Blog 
10/22/2015  5 comments
A former design student from Georgia Tech has come up with a hygienic, inexpensive toilet for refugees all over the world.
Motoman Wants to Know: Are You Going to Be a Robot Hero?
Blog 
10/22/2015  Post a comment
Yaskasawa shared some tips in a blog post on how to be a robotic tech hero when industrial robots break down.
Robo Wunderkind Uses LEGO Concept To Teach Kids to Code, Build Robots
STEM Connection 
10/16/2015  Post a comment
Robo Wunderkind is another robotics kits that uses LEGOs as a design model for teaching small children the basics of coding.
Bosch Rexroth: Put Mechatronics to Work in Overcoming Automation Complexity
Blog 
10/15/2015  1 comment
Bosch Rexroth took the opportunity to show mechatronics’ influence in manufacturing automation processes through a demonstration called Mechatronics @ Work at the recent Pack Expo.
UT Team Designs Machine for Raytheon to Win ASME Student Design Competition
STEM Connection 
10/14/2015  Post a comment
A team of mechanical engineering students at the University of Texas-Dallas took home the top prize at an ASME student design competition for their design of an automated machine to place lids on small electronic packages in a Raytheon manufacturing process.
ARM TechCon Keynoter: 'Manufacturing Is Early Adopter of IoT'
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10/13/2015  Post a comment
In advance of his keynote at ARM TechCon in November, Google Developer Advocate Colt McAnli said that the manufacturing industry will lead the way for IoT.
Mechanical Engineers Release Web-Based 3D Tool for Part Design Optimization
Blog 
10/13/2015  2 comments
Mechanical engineers at UW-Madison have released ParetoWorks—a 3D Web-based tool for rapid design optimization of parts for numerous objects and products.
Printer-Agnostic OS Helps Schools Take Advantage of 3D Printing
STEM Connection 
10/11/2015  Post a comment
3DPrinterOS aims to make 3D printing accessible to more schools by offering cloud-based software that overcomes compatibility issues between printers.
Hip-Hop Puts ‘Motion’ to Newton’s Laws in NASA-Honeywell STEM Program
STEM Connection 
10/7/2015  Post a comment
Honeywell and NASA's FMA Live! Forces of Nature show uses hip-hop to teach physics lessons and is currently on its Fall 2015 tour in the Midwest.
India Eyes Tesla’s Powerwall as Key To Solar Energy Storage
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10/6/2015  Post a comment
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking help from Tesla Motors' Powerwall technology for solar-energy storage in India.
How Manufacturers Can Put Safety First with SIL Compliance
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10/2/2015  Post a comment
Safety Integrity Level compliance — a global standard for the safety level of control systems — is a key method manufacturers can use to ensure customers and partners that their products’ control systems are in top working order.
TI Teams with UMD To Bring Hands-On Learning to First-Year Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
10/1/2015  Post a comment
First-year electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Maryland are getting unique, hands-on experience in a newly opened on-campus laboratory thanks to a partnership between Texas Instruments.
Energy-Harvesting Bike, People Path Over Thames River to Power Londoners
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10/1/2015  Post a comment
A project to build an eight-mile floating pedestrian and cycle path that leverages solar, wind, and tidal energy to support its own infrastructure is now seeking funding.
Microsoft Acquires VoloMetrix To Apply Big Data to Worker Productivity
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9/29/2015  Post a comment
Hoping to make organizations and their workers more efficient, Microsoft has purchased VoloMetrix, a pioneer in organizational analytics.
Why Aren't Surgeons Embracing Innovative Medical Technology?
Blog 
9/29/2015  4 comments
Breakthrough technologies to make surgeons' jobs easier are being developed all the time. So why haven't they been so easily convinced?
ASU To Lead White House-Backed Initiative To Attract Minority Women to STEM
STEM Connection 
9/25/2015  2 comments
The White House Council for Women and Girls has appointed Arizona State University to lead a consortium committed to supporting minority girls and women in STEM fields.
Stratasys Wants Schools to Respond: What Would a 3D Printer Mean to You?
STEM Connection 
9/22/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys is holding a contest offering the opportunity for a US school to win a Stratasys Mojo 3D printer along with a $5,000 grant.
Prosthetic Hand Gives Paralyzed Patient a Sense of Touch
Blog 
9/18/2015  1 comment
A mind-controlled mechanical hand, developed by DARPA and researchers at Johns Hopkins university, gives a paralyzed patient the ability to “feel” physical sensations.
Kids Solve Everyday Problems in 3M-Backed Science Challenge
STEM Connection 
9/17/2015  Post a comment
3M and Discovery have partnered once again to host the “ultimate middle school science competition” with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Printed, NFC-Powered Energy-Harvesting Device for Sensor Networks Is Coming
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9/15/2015  Post a comment
A UK applied research group aims to develop a printed energy-harvesting device powered by near-field communication technology.
Competition Awards Designers for Inventing New Products Out of Recycled Materials
Blog 
9/12/2015  1 comment
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is asking designers to take one man’s trash and turn it into treasure by developing innovative new products out of reused materials.
Device Translates Breath Into Words, Allows Paralyzed People to Speak
Blog 
9/11/2015  2 comments
A group of researchers at Loughborough University in the UK developed the novel device for speech sufferers using a pressure transducer, an ADC, signal processing, and pattern-recognition software.
Sakor Develops Test System for Next-Gen Dream Chaser Spacecraft
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9/7/2015  Post a comment
Sakor Technologies has been tapped to provide a test system that will prove the capability of an atmospheric flight control system that the company has already designed for the space vehicle.
Banner Expands Sensing Range for Q3X Laser Contrast Sensor
Product News 
9/3/2015  Post a comment
Banner Engineering has expanded the maximum sensing range for its Q3X laser contrast sensor, making the line well-suited for applications requiring high-speed detection of low-contrast differences.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
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8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
Solar-Powered Schoolbags Are a Light in the Lives of Underprivileged Students
Blog 
8/29/2015  2 comments
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged schoolchildren a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
BWG President: Here's Why Women's Perception of Manufacturing Is Turning Around
Blog 
8/28/2015  1 comment
Technology and global expansion are playing key roles in making manufacturing an attractive field for women to join, more than ever before, said the president of a woman-owned family of companies.
Cypress Offers Low-Power PMICs for Solar-Powered Wireless Sensors
Product News 
8/26/2015  Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has rolled out a new family of energy-harvesting power management integrated circuits that enable the development of tiny solar-powered wireless sensors for Internet of Things applications.
Graphene Ink Is the Key to Next-Gen Energy Storage
Blog 
8/24/2015  2 comments
A Manchester University professor is leading a project to develop a graphene-ink 3D printer capable of creating the next generation of energy-storage systems.
Is DFMA the Way Forward for Reshoring Efforts?
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8/21/2015  Post a comment
How is design for manufacturing and assembly being coordinated with total cost of ownership (TCO) strategies in the effort to reshore US manufacturing jobs?
More Must Be Done to Overcome the Challenges to Reshoring
Blog 
8/19/2015  10 comments
Despite reports that reshoring efforts are bringing manufacturing back to the US, companies face separation difficulties in offshoring countries and issues when they do get back on domestic territory.
StemBox Offers Subscription Science Kits for Girls
STEM Connection 
8/19/2015  6 comments
StemBox is offering a monthly subscription box aimed at giving girls a hands-on approach to experimenting with science and engineering projects.
Organization Gives Kids ‘Magic Arms’ Thanks to 3D Printing
Blog 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Magic Arms provides plastic, 3D-printed devices that help children who’ve lost the use of their arms due to neuromuscular disorders regain movement
Synthesizer for All Musical Skill Levels Takes Top Prize at TI Design Challenge
STEM Connection 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Two University of Florida students have created a synthesizer that allows people of all musical skill levels—even the disabled— to make music.
Tiny Robotic 'Wrist' Has the Skill to Perform Brain Surgery
Blog 
8/12/2015  Post a comment
A tiny mechanical wrist, developed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, is dexterous enough to perform even brain surgery procedures.
The Secret of Canada’s Wind Energy Growth
Blog 
8/11/2015  48 comments
A multitude of factors are driving Canada’s wind-energy success.
Mechatronics Propels New Medtech Designs in Prosthesis, Surgery, and Mobility
Blog 
8/10/2015  Post a comment
Lifelike prostheses, better noninvasive surgery tools, and a more nimble wheelchair are just a few examples of which the multidisciplinary field of mechatronics is helping medical device makers make lives better.
MakerBot Expands With Bigger NYC Factory
Blog 
8/10/2015  Post a comment
MakerBot has expanded its footprint with a new factory in Industry City, Brooklyn, that will allow the company to grow its desktop 3D printing business.
3D Printing Bureau in Rhode Island Taps Local Best, Brightest for Growing Business
STEM Connection 
8/7/2015  Post a comment
Some of the newest and brightest engineering minds are helping a small reseller and service bureau in Rhode Island usher in the next generation of 3D printing and keep top STEM talent in the state.
A Sudden End for That Famous Hitchhiking Robot -- Or Is It?
Blog 
8/5/2015  6 comments
HitchBOT, a robot that successfully hitchhiked across Canada last summer, wasn't as lucky in a similar trip across the United States.
This ‘Strange’ Japanese Hotel Is Staffed by Robots
Blog 
7/30/2015  4 comments
Henn'na Hotel, a next-generation, eco-friendly hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, is staffed almost entirely by robots.
Energy-Harvesting RF Switches Can Replace Cabled, Powered Components in Industrial Applications
Product News 
7/28/2015  Post a comment
New energy-harvesting switches from ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s CHERRY electronics business unit can eliminate the need for cabling in industrial and other applications.
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
Blog 
7/26/2015  4 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials
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7/20/2015  Post a comment
Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.
StretchSense Wants to Make Your Chargers Obsolete
Blog 
7/19/2015  1 comment
A company in New Zealand has developed a sensor made of flexible fabric that could one day be a wearable power source for your mobile devices.
Technology of the Future Could be Powered by Evaporation
Blog 
7/17/2015  1 comment
Columbia University researchers have found a way of potentially powering robotics, devices, sensors, and other machinery using water evaporation.
Announcing the 2015 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition
STEM Connection 
7/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of college students will have their chance to show off their skills in robotics, mechatronics, and design in the annual Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.


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