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Push-Your-Car-to-Park Among 3 Patents This Week

July 31, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Parking in tight spaces can be tough, so Volvo has decided the answer is to push your car into place instead. This patent explains that it may be advantageous for a driver to ...

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Today in Engineering History: Ranger 7 Photographs Moon

July 31, 2015 11:08 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 31, 1964, Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, took the first close-up images of the Moon. In fact, the lunar probe transmitted 4,308 images to a receiving station in ...

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Today in Engineering History: Apollo 15 Lunar Module Lands on Moon

July 30, 2015 12:23 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 30, 1971, the Apollo 15 lunar module “Falcon” landed on the Moon. Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the United States’ Apollo program, the fourth to land on the ...

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Designing a Stronger International Portfolio: The Hague Agreement & U.S. Industrial Design Remedies

July 29, 2015 1:30 pm | by Emmanuel D. Filandrianos, Patent Attorney, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLC | Comments

Business-savvy designers with an eye towards global design protection should be excited. The U.S. has recently joined the international design system established by the ...

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Today in Engineering History: NASA Created

July 29, 2015 11:03 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 29, 1958, the United States Congress passed legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The driving force behind NASA’s creation was ...

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Today in Engineering History: Total Solar Eclipse Captured on Daguerreotype

July 28, 2015 11:39 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 28, 1851, the first correctly exposed photograph, a daguerreotype, of the solar corona was made during the total phase of a solar eclipse ...

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Adhesive Curing Within Seconds

July 28, 2015 10:07 am | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives | Comments

Light curing describes a reaction in which adhesives achieve strength through exposure to light. This is particularly beneficial in the industrial production process, since short cycle times are require ...

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Today in Engineering History: De Havilland Comet Makes First Test Flight

July 27, 2015 11:34 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 27, 1949, the world’s first production commercial jetliner made its maiden test flight in England. The British de Havilland DH 106 Comet prototype took off from ...

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Closing the Loop in IoT

July 27, 2015 9:31 am | by Scott Nelson, CTO, Logic PD | Comments

At Logic PD we talk about “closing the loop” in almost every IoT discussion. I first heard the phrase “close the loop” when I was at Honeywell. Being a controls and automation company ...

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Evacuated Tube Transport System Among 4 Patents This Week

July 24, 2015 12:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Also patented this week, a method for countering weaponized mini UAVs, a combination ride for an amusement park, and Google’s contact lens ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Rocket Launched from Cape Canaveral

July 24, 2015 12:41 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 24, 1950, the first rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Bumper 8 was a two-stage vehicle built from a U.S.-modified WWII-captured German V-2 missile base and a ...

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Connected Car Seat Reminds You if You Forgot Your Child

July 24, 2015 12:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

One child dies every nine days from being left in a hot car. Today, a new connected car seat is available online that reminds parents that their child is still in the vehicle ...

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Reviewing Project & Product Success

July 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Bradford L. Goldense | Comments

There are two fundamental categories of post-launch reviews. The first we shall call "Team Self-Assessment Project Reviews." These reviews are primarily for product developers to ...

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How to Monetize Failure

July 23, 2015 9:02 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Any design engineer who has ever developed a product knows the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights. According to Paven Malhotra, attorney at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Solo Around-the-World Flight

July 22, 2015 11:40 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 22, 1933, American Wiley Post completed the first solo around-the-world flight in seven days and 19 hours. After flying for approximately 15,596 miles ...

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Boiling Over Luke-Warm Products

July 21, 2015 3:14 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

As a result of my time in the industry, I understand the business case supporting planned obsolescence – I am simply not a fan when I am forced to dip deeper into my monthly budget for ...

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