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Will medical devices and all-laser manufacturing advancements enable the age of longevity?

August 6, 2014 7:57 am | by Stefan Zschiegner, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the only advances in medical technology which excite more than today’s minimally invasive devices and procedures are the ones that will come to market over the next several decades. Medical futurists speak with credibility about the prospect of human beings born today living 150 years....

Big guys finally see the “white”

August 4, 2014 7:35 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

More than one year after Soraa demonstrated it, the importance of whiteness rendering is now being noticed by the larger lighting manufacturers. Perhaps the most notable imitation, from Philips mixes in some violet-emitting with blue-emitting LEDs....

Display glass chamfer: Complex design challenge or all-laser solution?

July 31, 2014 8:22 am | by Dr. Michael M. Mielke, Chief Scientist, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Remember the Apple iPhone 5 video of Jony Ive describing his “diamond cut chamfered edges?” If you’re not a mechanical engineer, this may have been the first time you heard the term “chamfer.” It turns out that chamfers are critical design aspects of nearly all portable consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets....

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The robot says you flunked: Algorithms vs. judgment

July 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the computer. Then the computer allegedly learns to imitate the grader....

Thread paves the way for IEEE 802.15.4 and IPv6

July 24, 2014 3:28 pm | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Google/Nest, together with Samsung, ARM, Yale Security and others, announced a new standard “Thread”. Sort of. Thread is not really a new standard, but more of an education and certification program that combines a set of existing standards into a “single” package....

Design to a standard

July 24, 2014 11:57 am | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and broadening the possibilities for many consumer and enterprise applications....

Business at the expense of all else

July 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

I would never want to believe that a business, operated by intelligent and moral people, could sacrifice quality, and even ethics, to produce a product and complete a sale. Yet recently, I witnessed a business that was so desperate to make a few deadlines, it bypassed due diligence to get a product delivered....

RocketSkates travel 12 mph, weigh 7 lbs.

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

As a startup, ACTON encourages a community of innovators and thinkers to become a part of their projects, which is why the company has turned to Kickstarter to launch their latest product, the RocketSkates – and they’ve already raised more than $200,000....

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Why American manufacturing is vital to future prosperity

July 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings Institution | Blogs | Comments

On Wednesday, July 9 Governance Studies hosted the 3rd annual John White, Jr. Forum on Public Policy. The topic was Regional Manufacturing Hubs in the US, and we heard from a number of different experts. As noted in a recent White House report, the manufacturing industry is growing, but there is still much work to be done....

Hardware obsolescence

July 11, 2014 1:08 pm | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out technology going obsolete before it affects product availability....

How to drive innovation & collaboration in engineering

July 9, 2014 12:57 pm | by Louise Rainone, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What happens when you bring 1,500 software and hardware entrepreneurs and thought leaders to San Francisco to talk about the future of the Internet of Things? Complete and utter excitement about the future of our connected world, and where we are going to be in just a matter of days and months....

Customization as standard

July 7, 2014 1:13 pm | by Hitaltech | Blogs | Comments

As design engineers are pushed by marketing to design an aesthetically pleasing product which can be differentiated from the competition, they are increasingly facing a situation where a standard, off the shelf enclosure no longer meets their requirements....

Letters to the Editor: The societal risks of self-driving cars

July 1, 2014 2:20 pm | by Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

Recent advancements in wireless technologies are not only leading to exciting and innovative car designs, but are also changing the ways in which we travel. As exciting as these new technologies may be, some have a few concerns of the risks involved with such advancements....

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Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

When is a TV not a TV?

July 1, 2014 8:35 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

When the U. S. Supreme Court says so, that's when. Last Wednesday, June 25, the Court issued a split decision (6-3) against Aereo, a provider of over-the-Internet broadcast TV service which used a unique technology to get around the requirement to pay retransmission fees to program originators, as cable TV companies do....

12 of the highest paid engineers on the planet

June 25, 2014 8:53 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...

Shining more light

June 17, 2014 8:44 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | News | Comments

Most of us learned in school that we do not actually “see” objects around us, but instead the light reflected by the objects. While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects....

Elon Musk looks to save the world, for a price

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The buzz that has been floating around Tesla over the last year is not flattering, including but not limited to sales model jealousy, fire recalls, and lemon-law lawsuits. Lately, famed CEO and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has been teasing that he wants to do something controversial....

Snipers aren’t enough to win the war

June 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

A sniper is a powerful weapon. One sniper team on a battlefield can eliminate one opponent challenge after another with great effect. However, a sniper team can’t do it all. To win the war one must engage every asset at every level. The same is true for process improvement specialists and your business’ war on poor performance....

Cars of the future aren’t just cars

May 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit | Blogs | Comments

The future has always been a playground for imagining possible innovations for the motor vehicles that are ubiquitous to our lives. Recently, much of that focus has been directed at self-driving cars. As always, improvements to cars aim to make them safer, smoother, and more hassle-free....

Cutting the cable for digital signage

May 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by Stephanie Lubrano, Marketing Communications Specialist, Laird | Blogs | Comments

In response to the worldwide growth in technology, the signage industry is no longer limited to just static implementations. In order for a company to remain relevant, competitive signage needs to be easily updated for the latest news, advertisements, and promotions. Traditional methods of running cable to signs and billboards are not always ideal....

What does 'Made In America' really mean?

May 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize, according to a new report prepared for the National Retail Federation....

Deal negotiation: How chip makers can stem revenue erosion

May 20, 2014 1:12 pm | by Chanan Greenberg | Blogs | Comments

Consumers expect more performance from their computing devices, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It needs to have more capabilities, be faster and use less power. But, there’s a catch – it needs to cost the same or less than last year’s model....

Bluetooth Innovation Series advances developer knowledge

May 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Steve Hegenderfer, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen explosive growth over the last few years — a growth fueled by Bluetooth Smart technology, which developers are integrating into millions of new devices and helping to bring connectivity to everyday objects. In fact, ABI Research revealed that half of the Bluetooth enabled devices shipped in 2013 ...

Will “wearables” be the next big thing?

May 1, 2014 8:22 am | by Bradd Johnson, Torex USA | Blogs | Comments

To reduce the size of their end product, engineers require smaller and more integrated components. Height becomes an issue, and many engineers request components no greater than 1mm in height. Thus component manufacturers must be sensitive to X, Y, and Z dimensions when they combine several functions into a single component....

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