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Japanese Automakers Compete With Google for Autonomous Car

September 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Japan Economic Newswire | News | Comments

Competition is heating up among Japanese and U.S. manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake ...     

Engineering Newswire 108: The World's 'First' 3D-Printed Car

September 18, 2014 11:02 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing the office of the future, bounding untethered in...

Exploring 'Graveyard of Ships' with a Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle

September 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a...

Photos of the Day: Undersea Robot Explores Ship Graveyard

September 17, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

During a five-day expedition, a team from NOAA used sonar and an underwater vehicle to examine...

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Why Hydraulic Systems Still Have an Important Part to Play

September 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Professor Josef Kurfess, Ulm University | Articles | Comments

Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going e nergy efficiency debate and the apparent ...

Customized Direct Drive Motors from Applimotion

September 16, 2014 9:06 am | by PD&D Staff | Applimotion Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion has announced ULT, UTH, and UTS motor kits that can be integrated into a customized assembly with high resolution encoders and precision bearings. This allows the customer to control the function and ...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 11:46 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than ...

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Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments to Reach 14 Million By 2030

September 15, 2014 10:51 am | by ABI Research | News | Comments

Global driverless vehicle shipments will increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base reaching 176 million. While autonomous driving under the control of a human standby driver is ...

Lockheed Martin Designs the Superhuman Workers of Tomorrow

September 15, 2014 10:43 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin ...

Airbus Helicopters Enhances Hydraulic Design Simulation

September 15, 2014 10:39 am | by Siemens | Articles | Comments

In 1993, NHIndustries, mainly owned by the Eurocopter group (now Airbus Helicopters), started to design the NH90, a medium-sized military helicopter. Thirteen years later, it entered service. The pace of technological change has increased so ...

Medical Approved 24, 40, 60 Watt AC-DC Power Modules

September 15, 2014 10:19 am | by PD&D Staff | Power Sources Unlimited Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited has announced its TMM Series of medical approved AC-DC power modules that meet protection class II. The series offers three power classes of 24, 40 and 60 watts and are available in ...

European Space Agency Picks Site for Comet Landing

September 15, 2014 10:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Talk about a moving target. Scientists at the European Space Agency on Monday announced the spot where they will attempt the first landing on a comet hurtling through space at 55,000 kph (34,000 mph). The maneuver is one of the key ...  

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Photos of the Day: Vintage Artifacts of a Bygone Era

September 15, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Artifacts include the original B&B Carousell ticket booth and cash box and a steel cast bulls-eye shooting gallery complete with the gears, chains, belts and electric motor that drove it. Patents, blueprints and other archival material round out ...

Exhibition Looks at Genius of Carousel Inventor

September 15, 2014 9:52 am | by Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mangels was a mechanical and creative genius who enthralled the masses with his carousels, shooting ranges and rides like the Whip and Tickler during the early part of the 20th century. He's the subject of an exhibition at Brooklyn's historic ...

Photos of the Day: The First Untethered Soft Robot

September 12, 2014 10:20 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A team of researchers was able to scale up earlier soft-robot designs, enabling a single robot to carry on its back all the equipment it needs to operate — micro-compressors, control systems, and batteries ...      

Engineering Newswire 107: Boeing's Laser Targets Mortars, UAVs

September 11, 2014 3:49 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’ve filming with autonomous drones, seeing through walls and skin with night-vision goggles, and testing Boeing’s High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator ...          

ETEL Presents Its Best Selling Torque Motor to North America

September 10, 2014 10:21 am | by PD&D Staff | Etel Inc., Heidenhain Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

ETEL has announced the ironcore TMB torque motor series, now available through exclusive distribution by HEIDENHAIN Corporation in Schaumburg, IL. The TMB motor series is designed to handle demanding ...

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Honda Introduces Self-Driving Car

September 10, 2014 9:22 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel. While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on ...

The World's Largest Board Game

September 9, 2014 2:32 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

As a kid, Mark Perez played the board game Mousetrap until he lost all the parts. He would then buy a new one, and start over. Now, he has reproduced his favorite childhood game at an extreme scale with the world’s largest Mousetrap ...

High Performance Industrial Servo Motors

September 9, 2014 10:01 am | by PD&D Staff | Electrocraft, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ElectroCraft's RPP series of industrial servo motors features high performance and extremely low cogging for demanding servo applications. The RPP series features a range of encoder, brake, cable and integral connector ...

Economical Advanced Digital Servo Drives from Allied Motion

September 9, 2014 9:58 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The SXD 15 is the first in a new series of economical advanced digital servo drives from Allied Motion. The compact, modular unit can drive a DC brush, DC brushless or AC brushless motor requiring up to 1 kW of power ...

Letting Your Car Find a Spot, Park Itself

September 9, 2014 9:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space — all by itself. Technology being honed by French auto parts maker Valeo uses a dozen ultrasonic ...  

GM Car Nearly Drives Itself

September 7, 2014 5:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, according to General Motors executives. The company announced Sunday that the semi-autonomous system for ...   

Bringing Gesture-Control Tech from Hollywood to Conference Rooms

September 5, 2014 12:59 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

When you imagine the future of gesture-control interfaces, you might think of the popular science-fiction films “Minority Report” or “Iron Man.” In those films, the protagonists use their hands or wireless gloves to seamlessly scroll through ...

Forget the Iron Horse, Here Comes the Iron Snake

September 5, 2014 12:48 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The Pilbara region of Western Australia is home to some of the world’s largest iron ore mines. But the area is also a remote and forbidding place where temperatures often climb to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why mines like ...   

Engineering Newswire 106: DOE Wants to Know if We Live in a Hologram

September 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re growing fully functional parts, redesigning the rickshaw, and using a holometer to determine whether or not we live in a hologram ...             

Jetpack Could Enhance Soldier Speed, Agility

September 3, 2014 12:01 pm | by Arizona State University | Videos | Comments

What if every soldier could run a four-minute mile? That's the goal behind 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, a student project to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ...

How Much Does Fantasy Football Cost Employers?

September 2, 2014 10:11 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last year nearly 26 million people in the United States played fantasy football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. That number figures to be even higher in 2014 for a virtual game that is no longer just a hobby ...  

J.W. Winco Offers Hinges with Integrated Monitoring Switch

September 2, 2014 9:49 am | by PD&D Staff | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco now offers EN 239.4 plastic hinges with integrated switches, in metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant hinges were designed for monitoring guard doors and covers of machines and production equipment ...

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