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This ‘Strange’ Japanese Hotel Is Staffed by Robots
Blog 
7/30/2015  3 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  3 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.
DARPA Backs Further Development of DEKA's 'Luke Arm'
Blog 
7/9/2015  2 comments
The Department of Defense is making a nearly $7 million investment to further development on a prosthetic device that allows for movement and functionality that’s nearly the same as a normal human arm and hand.
Highway Barriers Block Noise, Generate Solar Energy
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7/7/2015  Post a comment
Researchers in The Netherlands are testing highway sound barriers that have a two-fold purpose: to block sound and also to harvest solar energy.
Plastics, Not Better Silicon, Could Be Key to More Efficient Solar Cells
Blog 
7/3/2015  12 comments
Researchers in Australia think new types of plastic materials instead of silicon may be the key to building more efficient solar cells.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
Blog 
7/2/2015  8 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Nanosteel Aims to Help Cars Lose Weight, Gain Efficiency
Blog 
7/2/2015  1 comment
Automakers are on the prowl for lighter weight materials to make vehicles less heavy and more fuel efficient, and Nanosteel is one of the companies hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with their lightweight automotive steel of the same name.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
Blog 
6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
Blog 
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Initiative Aims to Stop Human Trafficking in Electronics Supply Chain
Blog 
6/26/2015  3 comments
Ariba has partnered with Made in a Free World to help organizations track and reduce slavery in their global supply chains by getting them the tools they need to find and fight it.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
Blog 
6/25/2015  2 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Alabama - Georgia
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6/24/2015  Post a comment
Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our great nation, and the US’s legacy of engineering innovation we will take you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states, showcasing interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Considering 8 ‘Human Factors’ in the Design of Medical Devices
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6/23/2015  3 comments
“Human factors engineering” is a term that defines the act of targeting design for people who are the intended users of a product, and it’s widely used across the medical industry.
EU Project Urges ‘RESPECT’ for Citizens In Use of Surveillance Technology
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6/19/2015  5 comments
A European project aims to protect people’s privacy amid the increased use of technology like video cameras and other surveillance equipment.
'Designer Carbon' Promises to Enhance Energy Storage
Blog 
6/18/2015  3 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have created synthetic carbon that can improve energy-storage capacity in supercapacitors and lithium-sulfur batteries
Bacteria-Based Paper Battery Generates Energy from Drop of Water
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
A researcher from Binghamton University has developed a 3D-printed, bacteria-based battery made of paper that costs five cents to develop and folds up into the size of a matchbook.
Experts: EVs Are the Way to Meet California’s 2030 Petroleum Reduction Goal
News 
6/15/2015  19 comments
Switching to alternative, cleaner fuels and electric-powered vehicles is the way forward if California wants to meet the goals of an initiative by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the use of petroleum in the state 50% by 2030, according to experts in the transportation industry.
Ricoh Invents ‘Energy Generating Rubber’ for Flexible Sensors
Product News 
6/15/2015  Post a comment
Japan-based Ricoh Co. has developed new material called "Energy Harvesting Rubber" that strikes a balance between providing flexibility while also harvesting a significant amount of energy that could have a number of applications, including flexible sensors and wearables
Researchers Power Sensors, Camera With WiFi Signals
Blog 
6/12/2015  3 comments
A research team from the University of Washington has demonstrated the first sensors and camera to run powered only on signals from a WiFi router.
Spanish Firm Designs Bladeless Wind Turbine
Blog 
6/9/2015  18 comments
The Bladeless Vortex is more environmentally friendly and cost efficient than typical wind turbines, according to the Spanish company of the same name that invented it.
Rodon: How Part Design and Injection Molding Meld Into a High-Quality Part
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6/5/2015  Post a comment
Although everyone knows that plastic injection molding can produce mass volumes of parts with precision and low cost, not every manufacturer gets the process right, which could defeat its purpose and hamper production.
Material Inspired by Moth Eyes Boosts Solar-Cell Efficiency
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6/3/2015  Post a comment
New glass coating, the design of which was inspired by two disparate examples in nature -- a moth’s eye and lotus leaf -- could mean significant improvements for solar panels, lenses, military equipment, windows, and other products in the future, thanks to the Department of Energy.
Energy-Harvesting Knee Brace Could Power Medical Devices
Blog 
6/2/2015  2 comments
A group of engineering students at Rice University have designed a knee brace that harvests energy from walking, which potentially can be reused to power small medical devices and even an artificial heart.
Inkjet Printing Process Used to Develop More Efficient Solar Cells
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6/1/2015  Post a comment
Solar energy is becoming an increasing source of scalable, renewable energy around the world. However, while energy from the sun itself is natural and environmentally friendly, the process for creating solar cells is not, which means one area of research in the field is to try to change this scenario.
New Battery Comprised Solely of Lithium-Sulfur-Based Compound
News 
5/29/2015  9 comments
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
Robotic Eel Tapped to Explore Jupiter’s Oceans
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5/28/2015  Post a comment
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Researchers Make Breakthrough in Capturing, Storing Solar Energy
Blog 
5/19/2015  2 comments
One of the biggest challenges to implementing solar power on a larger scale is how to store the energy to use it when the sun doesn’t shine. Now a researcher in Denmark has made a significant breakthrough in this endeavor, developing molecules that can take energy from the sun, store it, and then release it for use when needed.
Tesla-Inspired iPhone Case Pulls Energy from Air to Charge Device
Blog 
5/15/2015  5 comments
A startup inspired by Nikola Tesla is about to launch an energy-harvesting smartphone case that can charge your phone on the go.
Healthy Shopping App Wins Big in MIT STEM Competition
STEM Connection 
5/14/2015  Post a comment
Two women studying at Cornell University have won $10,000 for designing and developing a Web application that can help people make healthier choices while grocery shopping.
Omron: Manufacturing Inches toward Industry 4.0
Blog 
5/11/2015  1 comment
Just like smart connected consumer products, manufacturing holds much promise in the Internet of Things vision, in which machinery and devices on the factory floor and beyond are seamlessly connected via sensors and standardized connectivity infrastructure.
Backpack Is a Wireless, Wearable Charging System
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5/7/2015  Post a comment
The Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) combines wearable technology and wireless power sources to create a complete power system for personal electronics.
Biomimicry Hits the Mainstream
Blog 
5/5/2015  2 comments
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
STEM Connection 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
How Biomimicry Is Having an Impact on Sustainable Design
Blog 
4/30/2015  2 comments
Cas Smith is a biological engineer at Terrapin Bright Green, a consulting firm that specializes in green and sustainable design. At the core of his work is to explore how biomimicry can inform sustainable design. He discussed biomimicry and its implications for design and solving some of the world’s sustainability issues in an interview with Design News.
Poison Frog Skin Inspires Coating for De-Icing Planes
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4/29/2015  Post a comment
Arizona State University recently opened an entire cross-discipline research center devoted to biomimicry. So it’s no surprise an ASU mechanical and research engineer there recently used this design method to come up with new coating for de-icing planes that can conserve the amount of antifreeze currently used by airports.
Discover-E’s ‘New Face’ of Engineering Helps Bridge the Opportunity Gap
STEM Connection 
4/23/2015  Post a comment
Discover-E has chosen its 13 New Faces of Engineering for 2015, and the list includes an impressive number of young people who are using their roles as engineers to effect positive change through real-world applications of their skills and training. Design News had the opportunity to speak with one of them.
Sustainability Expert: Solar Energy Can Help Alleviate Drought
Blog 
4/22/2015  37 comments
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
NSA Encourages Trash Picking for Earth Day
Blog 
4/21/2015  8 comments
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman on TV as ‘The Next MacGyver’
STEM Connection 
4/20/2015  3 comments
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female protagonist as part “The Next MacGyver” competition, in order to get young girls interested in STEM fields.
Meet Festo’s Biomimicry-Inspired, 3D-Printed Bionic Insects
Blog 
4/20/2015  2 comments
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.
Origami-Inspired Solar Panels Could be Headed for Space
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4/17/2015  Post a comment
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Smart Windows Harvest Energy From Wind and Rain
Blog 
4/15/2015  4 comments
Windows are supposed to let the sun in and keep the fiercer elements of nature out. Now a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has gone one step further, creating windows that not only protect against the elements -- specifically wind and rain -- but also use them to create energy.
Robots & Humans Leg it Out For Charity
Blog 
4/10/2015  7 comments
In the robotics field, there’s much discussion about the imminent intersection of humans and robots in daily life. In a glimpse of possible future scenarios, the two will come together for a good cause Sunday, April 12, at the first Robot Race and Human 5K in Cambridge, Mass., to celebrate the end of National Robotics Week.
DARPA Asks Teens to Determine Future Societal Impact of Robots
STEM Connection 
4/9/2015  1 comment
A STEM contest called Robots4Us, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, asks high school students to create two-to-three-minute videos that focus on what impact robots will have on society in the future, and in particular how they can help us.
Comment:Tough issue - Elizabeth M-4/8/2015
Trading Cards Celebrate Robot ‘All-Stars'
STEM Connection 
4/7/2015  1 comment
The robot trading cards are the result of a brainstorming session in a College of Computing communications meeting at Georgia Tech.


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