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Self-Starting Gas Ranges Among 6 Design Fails This Week

May 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Viking Range is recalling its gas range after 75 reports of the ranges turning on by themselves ...

Electromagnetic Rail Launchers Among 5 Patents This Week

May 22, 2015 12:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, the new design seeks to increase a rail launcher's energy efficiency...

Device Self-Destructs When Heated

May 21, 2015 2:45 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But...

Experience Trumps Degrees for IoT Professionals

May 21, 2015 2:08 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Does one need four years of college education in order to succeed as an engineer or developer?...

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Engineering Newswire 140: Jet Powered Go Kart Reaches 60 MPH

May 21, 2015 10:15 am | by Melissa Fassbender, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire we’re riding in a jet powered go kart, cutting components with an all new controller, and building the world's longest glass bridge …

Don't Underestimate Virtual Reality

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Singularity University's Peter Diamandis discusses one way in which virtual reality - a burgeoning exponential technology - will disrupt unexpected sectors of culture and society ...

Teadown: Sharp Retro Computer

May 21, 2015 9:19 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

What's inside the a 1987 vintage Sharp X68000 personal computer/gaming system from Japan? Sold exclusively in Japan from 1987 to 1993 this 10MHz 68000 based boasted ...


PowerUp 3.0 Turns Paper Airplanes into a Smartphone Operated UAV

May 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

You’d be hard pressed to come across an adult who hadn’t thrown at least one paper airplane as a child. Soon you could be seeing those paper toys zip around as smartphone controlled drones ...

Toward 'Green' Paper-Thin, Flexible Electronics

May 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The rapid evolution of gadgets has brought us an impressive array of "smart" products from phones to tablets, and now watches and glasses. But they still haven't broken free from their rigid form. Now scientists are ...

Review: Curves, 'Self-Healing' in Super-Premium Phones

May 20, 2015 8:03 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For those not satisfied with just a premium phone, Samsung and LG are offering two models best described as the Lamborghinis of smartphones. You're already getting a ...

Wi-Fi Valued Higher Than Free Meals on Airplanes

May 19, 2015 1:26 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Technology used to make air travel more convenient and less stressful is taking off. A survey conducted for Honeywell in the United Arab Emirates shows that many air travel passengers ...

Court Agrees Samsung Copied Apple, But Tosses Some Damages

May 19, 2015 11:05 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has upheld a jury's finding that Samsung illegally copied some patented features in Apple's iPhone, but it sided with Samsung on one point that could ...


Apple Updates MacBook Pro, Cuts Price on High-End iMac

May 19, 2015 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is introducing an updated MacBook Pro and iMac and lowering the price for its top-end iMac. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop has ...

'Reuseum' Spurs Kids' Passion for Technology

May 19, 2015 10:51 am | by Ryan Struyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination. Schiff says he hopes to instill that same enthusiasm in others at ...

Luxion Teases KeyShot 6

May 18, 2015 3:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Rendering and lighting program KeyShot will get an upgrade soon. Although the release date for KeyShot 6 hasn’t been announced yet, a video from Luxion shows some of the new features ...

'Light Phone' Brings Smartphones Back to Basics

May 15, 2015 3:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two designers are Kickstarting a “phone away from phone,” a simplified device designed to connect to a smartphone, but filter out every notification and option except phone calls. In essence, they have de-invented the smartphone ...

Raspberry Pi Price Drops

May 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The cost of a Raspberry Pi Model B+ has gone down by $10 to $25, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced on May 14. The price drop for the single-board computer came about because production on the Raspberry Pi 2 line has been optimized ...


Insufficient Friction Among 4 Design Fails This Week

May 15, 2015 1:44 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

IKEA is recalling sits pressure-mounted safety gates due to a fall hazard. The company has received 18 incident reports, including three in which children were injured after ...

Portable Beer Dispensing System Among 5 Patents This Week

May 15, 2015 12:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, this invention is “easy to use, convenient, compact, energy efficient, labor efficient, cost-effective, fast, safe, neat, electricity-independent, self-contained, [and] portable.” And? It’s for beer ...

Drone Flys after Simple Toss into the Air

May 14, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Forget the selfie stick; one group has created an intuitive picture and video capturing drone that flies itself with one simple heave into the air ...

Police Body Cameras Bode Well for Tech Companies

May 14, 2015 1:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As controversy rises around police departments in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore, Md. And Madison, Wis. shootings, the nationwide demand for police body cameras means more, innovative camera technologies ...

Technology Revolutionizes Voter Registration for 2016

May 14, 2015 10:01 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote. By the 2016 presidential election, it's possible that ...

Engineering Newswire 139: Flying Car Crash Lands in Test Flight

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re upgrading our phones with a new smartphone case, testing the limits of a flying car, and shedding weight from the army’s machine gun ...

May 2015: Replacing the Humvee

May 13, 2015 4:52 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of PD&D we're replacing the Humvee and unveiling a small robot for compact spaces. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask: How does the design and usability of wearables need to change in ...

5 Concerns of Military Computer System Configurations

May 13, 2015 4:31 pm | by David “Avi” Shefet, President, Daisy Data Displays | Articles | Comments

There is zero tolerance for failure in the battlefield. Developing a rugged computer that lasts involves a defined process of identifying the need, designing the system, and specifying the equipment ...

Brainstorm: Wearables

May 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by PD&D Staff | Blogs | Comments

We’re at the start of a wearable electronics revolution that will bring new meaning to personal connectivity. We’re going to be sharing more information with friends, with medical professionals, and perhaps even with ...

When Wearables Actually Work

May 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This month’s Brainstorm asks what design changes must be made in order for wearables to become adopted by the general population. The consensus? Smaller, longer lasting batteries. While I don’t contest ...

Today in Engineering History: IEEE's Predecessor Forms

May 13, 2015 12:34 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 13, 1884, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE), predecessor of the IEEE, was formed at a general meeting held at the headquarters of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) ...

5 Tech Trends to Watch in Home Health Care

May 13, 2015 10:13 am | by Alex Smith, Freelance Writer | Articles | Comments

According to the CDC, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans receiving home health care services. While many of these individuals are patients who have been discharged from the hospital recently and need extra ...

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