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The Downfall of Interactive Restaurant Technology

August 26, 2014 | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The Interactive Restaurant Technology system, designed by Ukrainian tech firm Kodisoft, allows restaurant patrons to use multitouch tables to peruse food and drink menus and learn detailed information about these choices ...    

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What Will We Do When the Machines Take Our Place?

August 28, 2014 3:40 pm | by Heather Miller, Line/ Shape/Space | Comments

Robots freely roaming Mars? Sure, no problem. Robots taking over Earth? Not so fast ... The common reprise of “robots are stealing our jobs!” isn’t far from reality. Think of the empty Detroit assembly lines or the dwindling number of ...

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Big Guys Finally See the 'White'

August 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Mike Krames, Soraa CTO | Comments

More than one year after Soraa demonstrated it, the importance of whiteness rendering is now being noticed by the larger lighting manufacturers. Perhaps the most notable imitation, from Philips, mixes in some violet-emitting with blue-emitting ...

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Police Body Cams: An Invasion of Privacy or a Life-Saver?

August 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

In the wake of the recent Ferguson, Missouri shooting, there is a major civil liberty debate occurring, amid proposals for widespread adoption of police body cameras. In my home state of Wisconsin, and across the country, there is a growing ...

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Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving the Way for Young Execs?

August 28, 2014 1:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, experience generally trumps all else — which would seem to make sense since the average age of an incoming CEO last year was 53 with 18 years of experience in their corporations ...

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The History of Camcorders

August 28, 2014 11:48 am | by Mark Shapiro | Comments

Today’s camcorders are very compact and can easily fit in the palm of your hand. You can stick them in your pocket or purse. No matter where you are, on a plane, on a beach, in your house or on a mountaintop, it is easy to create your own ...

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Make Improvement Possible

August 28, 2014 11:03 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Ideally we want to be using our continual improvement methods to make small adjustments regularly. It’s a state where things are generally well and we are just maintaining our edge. Unfortunately, few of us are at that state, or stay there for ...

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Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 27, 2014 5:19 pm | by Jeff Sweeney | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something ...     

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5 Ways to Steal Your Innovations – Part 2

August 25, 2014 4:01 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

In the first article I explained how Cequent Performance was able to sign a licensing agreement with Let’s Go Aero, and once Cequent had absorbed all of the products into their manufacturing and sales systems they refused to pay the ...

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This is What a Solar-Powered Sailboat Would Look Like

August 22, 2014 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, ECN magazine | Comments

Just when you think designers can’t design anything you’ll enjoy more than a 3D-printed violin, they came up with a solar-powered sailboat. The Kira Sail Yacht is designed to “bridge the gap between the sail and motor yacht” and it is gorgeous ...

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Draconian Responses to Gremlin Problems

August 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Gremlins are wicked little mythological creatures that delight in causing mischief. Some of the problems we try to solve at work seem like gremlins. Just when we think we have one caged and harmless, two more appear and things are worse ...

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Your New Home On Mars

August 21, 2014 12:02 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

Mars One is looking to send humans to Mars in 2025. Next year, the first batch of applicants (yes, willing applicants) will be selected to begin their training, which will continue up until the 2024 launch date. Nearly a decade of training is hardly the ...

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The Future of Transportation

August 20, 2014 2:45 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

To all intents and purposes, today’s transportation is mostly the same as it was in the 1950’s. More electronic gadgets and gizmos, admittedly, but fundamentally, the cars, trucks and trains of 2014 are still based on the same design concepts ...

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Perception Is Reality: IoT's Security Problem

August 19, 2014 11:19 am | by Alex Frommeyer, Founder/CEO Beam Technologies, Founder/CEO Uproar Labs | Comments

The hype machine for the internet of things projects to reach its fever pitch by the end of this year or in 2015, as we continue to see a rush of hardware hackers, IoT startups, and, increasingly, even large tech companies flexing their muscles with ...

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5 Ways to Steal Your Innovations

August 18, 2014 4:34 pm | by Editor | Comments

It is the dream of most small manufacturers to invent a new product and sell it to a larger company to handle all of the manufacturing and marketing. The dream includes getting a big upfront payment and then relaxing as the royalty ...  

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How We Learn

August 14, 2014 4:32 pm | by The Old Lean Dude | Comments

While I am an unabashed proponent of learning by doing, I have a list of books that have over the years been essential to me as a framework for experiential learning. Most of these books were written before 1990, and one of the most insightful ...

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