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Perception Is Reality: IoT's Security Problem

August 19, 2014 | 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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Outside the Box: 5 Packaging Considerations

August 13, 2014 5:01 pm | by Dana Goldberg, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

So you’ve conceived, designed, prototyped, and manufactured the next Big Thing—the product that will change the world. Congratulations! But guess what? You’re not done yet. Now you’ve got to come up with some truly killer packaging to ...

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6 Reasons to Consider Overseas Engineering Jobs

August 13, 2014 10:54 am | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

How far would you travel for your dream job? To another city? Another state? Why limit yourself, when your skills are in demand, worldwide? Engineering principles don’t change at the border, so why not explore all your options and look for ...

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 9:20 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Ultimately, we consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe. People in general tend to make decisions based on a single significant factor and in retail settings, especially when ...

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Satisfying Our Power Hunger

August 8, 2014 4:29 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Sensor fusion is the logical next step as we move into an era of absolute connectivity. We already have the sensor hardware in place, but the fusion takes place within the software, which combines the data from each sensor to improve ...  

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3D Printing & Roto

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | by Sandy Scaccia | Comments

I just returned from a Rotomolding meeting in which there was a very interesting presentation on “Additive Manufacturing.” It turns out there are 7 different techniques for applying what is now called Additive Manufacturing one of which is ...

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Israel's Iron Dome & the Ethics of War

August 6, 2014 9:23 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

The choice of an engineering career is always an interesting one, but for Israeli engineering graduates these days, it must be especially so. There is room in the discipline of engineering for those who believe wholeheartedly in war, for those ...

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What You Need to Know About Particle Physics

August 5, 2014 9:22 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

Just before World War II, Earnest Lawrence, a physicist at Cal-Tech, found out that German physicists had split an atom of uranium using a neutron to form two smaller nuclei and release the nuclear strong force. Lawrence then built a more ...

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What Every Design Engineer Ought to Know About Product Experience Design

August 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO, ROGOV Design, Inc. | Comments

Utilizing materials and technologies available to everyone in their respective industries, experience designers package products to represent lifestyles and unique ideologies. Some are experienced as enhancing, others not ...      

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Little’s Law for the Office

July 31, 2014 3:45 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Little’s Law is a common phrase on production floors where the Lean methodology prevails. It is not well known in office environments because lead-time and process flow are not prevalent tools in such an environment. Things in the office are ...

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Why This Remote-Controlled Birth Control Will Be the Next Big Thing

July 30, 2014 9:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the ... 

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Overcome Outsourcing Woes with Design for Six Sigma

July 28, 2014 10:02 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

For those of us with a working Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology and program, outsourcing our product line production generates several challenges that can threaten our conviction to continue DFSS. However, a working DFSS ...  

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Thread Paves the Way for IEEE 802.15.4 & IPv6

July 24, 2014 5:32 pm | by Cees Links, CEO & Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

Recently, Google/Nest, together with Samsung, ARM, Yale Security and others, announced a new standard “Thread.” Sort of. Thread is not really a new standard, but more of an education and certification program that combines a set of ...  

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The Robot Says You Flunked: Algorithms vs. Judgment

July 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the ...

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