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Designing a Personal Robot

January 27, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Jibo, “The World’s First Family Robot,” raised more than $2 million on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, making it one of the most funded projects in the site’s history. Turning to crowdfunding with the hope to raise Jibo awareness, as well as the ...

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The True Form B Reed Switch – How’d They Do That?

January 28, 2015 5:08 pm | by David Posey, HSI Sensing | Comments

Recently the release of our HSR-376R - the world’s first true Form B reed switch - has been getting a lot of attention. And a lot of people have been asking how exactly it works and how it was developed. I’ll attempt to answer ...   

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MCU Provides 10x Energy Improvement with Subthreshold Tech

January 28, 2015 1:48 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Each year, microcontroller (MCU) companies announce upgrades or additions to new and improved MCU families. However, one company’s recent announcement is producing more excitement and discussion than normal. The company claims that wearable ...

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Which Prototyping Hardware Is Right for You?

January 28, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Manufacturing in many fields requires prototyping hardware to be efficient, quick, and cost-effective. Phidgets, based in Canada, outlined three different brand options in a whitepaper from which manufacturers can choose to help create usable ...

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'Unbreakable' Bike Custom-Crafted

January 27, 2015 12:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

In 2013, Thunderbike presented its “Unbreakable” custom project for the first time at the European BikeWeek at Lake Faaker in Austria, the largest Harley get-together in Europe. The cruiser, made from turned and milled components ...  

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Cocktail Keurig Brings Bartender to Your Kitchen

January 27, 2015 11:56 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The self-proclaimed “Nespresso for cocktails,” the Somabar makes your favorite drinks in the comfort of your own home. The team spent three years prototyping and have successfully created a fully-functional, patent-pending ...   

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6 Things to Consider as the Internet of Things Intersects Medical Devices

January 27, 2015 9:38 am | by Dave Franchino, President, Design Concepts | Comments

We’re on the verge of a fascinating intersection — perhaps collision — as the world of Internet of Things (IoT) technology begins to deeply encroach into the world of medical device development. We’ve all experienced the remarkable impact of ...

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This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the ...  

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Smart Fabric Sensors Make Wearables Look Good

January 26, 2015 9:59 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

According to one innovator, smart fabric is posed to become the future of clothing everywhere. Keith McMillen has been a leader in the music technology industry for almost 30 years; however, his new goal is to integrate smart technology into ...

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BMW to Release 5-Door Mini, Motorrad Hits Sales Record

January 22, 2015 10:06 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

BMW Motorrad had its fourth record year in a row, boosted by strong sales of the R 1200 GS motorcycle, while BMW MINI is expected to release a five-door model of its small car. As of March 2015, the model program of the latest generation of ...

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Introducing New York City’s Largest Wind Turbine

January 22, 2015 9:57 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s residential curbside metal, glass and plastic recyclables. The facility itself is a ...

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How Engineering Businesses Can Grow through Global Collaboration

January 21, 2015 9:51 am | by Mehul Patel | Comments

Product development through global collaboration provides manufacturers in solving critical issues related to capability and capacity to add value to the product against the cost. Global product development is a process of ...   

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World's Smartest Oven Knows What to Cook

January 20, 2015 1:59 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The aptly named MAID Oven knows what to cook, how to cook it, and will even learn your personal preferences and stream your favorite cooking show. The founders wanted everyone to be able to cook – a task that is harder for some than others ...

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Sick Leave, Cybersecurity May Be Addressed during State of the Union

January 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Sick leave, cybersecurity may be on the schedule for State of the Union New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave – which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality ...

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Switching to 3D Tech to More Efficiently Design Brakes

January 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Siemens PLM Software | Siemens Plm Software | Comments

Since the 1990s, the design department at Knott has recognized the advantages of 3D technology, and its goal has been to use a 3D computer-aided design system to more efficiently design brakes and trailer components. In 1998, research led the ...

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The Myth Of America's Manufacturing Renaissance

January 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

According to Nager's January 2015 report, "It is easy to get the impression that American manufacturing has entered a new and exciting period of revival. Many in the media, along with consulting firms and economists, now tout the term ...

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