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The End of Privacy as We Know It

November 18, 2014 | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance. In fact, I’m almost oblivious to the omnipresent surveillance cameras in shopping centers, parking lots, schools, train stations, and ...  

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Wearable Device Punishes You for Slouching

November 21, 2014 10:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN Magazine | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the ...

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Be Thankful Marketing Isn't Running R&D

November 17, 2014 4:13 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens around the Halloween time of year. The timing seems strangely appropriate given how scary the diminishing event has become ...    

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The Race to Find a Strong & Lightweight Design

November 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings ...    

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Who Doesn’t Want 'Echo' at Work?

November 12, 2014 4:53 pm | by Dr. Suna Polat, Director, Collaborative Innovation and Social Product Development Practice Lead at CIMdata | Comments

I opened my Amazon Prime account and faced with a commercial about Amazon Echo, a voice controlled device that sits at the corner of your room and responds to the name "Alexa." You can ask Alexa questions about news, weather ...   

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Amazon Echo is the New Apple Newton

November 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Mark Rolston began his presentation Tuesday at the Open Mobile Summit with a shot of the new Amazon Echo and what could be interpreted as a disparaging remark. "It’s the new Apple Newton,” said Rolston, founder and chief ...    

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6 Funding Options for Your Business

November 11, 2014 9:32 am | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

I’ve spent the bulk of my adult life analyzing numbers in some way, shape, or form, almost entirely for someone else’s business. When it came to deciding how to finance my own business, I found the process more emotional than I anticipated ... 

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3 Umbrella Designs that Will Never Catch On

November 11, 2014 9:17 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Everyone who lives in a moderately wet climate has complained about the traditional umbrella design at least once in their lives. In fact, during a particularly nasty torrential downpour last summer, I remember cursing my umbrella's metal rods for ...

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Handling Ebola Patients: An Engineering Problem

November 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Two nurses who treated the late Ebola-virus victim Thomas Eric Duncan have been diagnosed with Ebola virus as well. They treated him at the Texas Health Presbyterian Center hospital in Dallas, where he died on October 8 after traveling there ...

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Battle of the Century: Human Nature vs. Business Culture

November 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

We strive to build a common, prevalent business culture within our businesses. We battle human nature to push through resistance to affect change. We do it in the name of performance improvement and business development ...    

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Assembly Considerations for Flexible Circuits vs. Printed

November 6, 2014 9:37 am | by John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits | Comments

Traditional “rigid” printed circuit boards have been widely used in the United States since the 1940s. They showed up in consumer products the next decade and have been produced in very large scales ever since. The electronics industry is ...

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Touching Memories Printed on a Pirate

November 5, 2014 4:19 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

After 3D printed food became a reality, I swore there was nothing the additive manufacturing industry couldn’t print. Yet when my co-worker told me that a 3D printer manufacturer was printing "memories," I was thoroughly confused ...  

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8 New-Shoring Resources to Help Make Products in America

November 4, 2014 9:23 am | by Daniel O'Donnell, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

It's a safe bet you haven't seen a "Made in the USA" label on many products ranging from electronics to your clothes in quite some time. However, a growing trend is bringing this phrase back in a big way: new-shoring. While reshoring has already ...

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Meet the Pumpkin Chunkin Champions

November 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by Cliff Medling, Senior Marketing Manager at SolidWorks | Solidworks Corporation | Comments

Over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to meet with, and get to know the American Chunker Team. They are the current world champions of Punkin Chunkin for the Air Cannon Division. The air cannons are typically the "chunkers" ...

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My Back Yard Business Allegory

November 3, 2014 9:49 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

It must be an illness that while doing my regular yard work I find the chores of yard care and the phenomena of yard nature to be a metaphor for the challenges we face every day in the work place. Still, I find my thoughts to be worth sharing ...

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Edison's Dirty Little Secret: A 'Bride of Chucky' Doll

October 31, 2014 3:44 pm | by Neal Thornberry, Ph.D | Comments

Talking, animated objects are commonplace today, but Edison was the first to have the idea and execute it. What gave the doll a voice was a tiny version of the phonograph – another of his inventions. Edison produced ...     

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