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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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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 ...     


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


The Future of Transportation

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


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 ...


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 ...  


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 ...


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 ...


6 Reasons to Consider Overseas Engineering Jobs

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


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 ...


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 ...  


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 ...


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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