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Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word for Today’s STEM Talent

March 9, 2015 5:03 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce. For whatever reason, these stereotypes persist, and they are antiquated ... 

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This Star Wars Drone Might Be The Coolest Thing Ever

March 6, 2015 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

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Database Management in the IoT: Relational, NoSQL…or Both?

March 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Tom Gregor, KORE Wireless Group | Comments

Interested in the Internet of Things (IoT)? Who isn’t these days? For application developers, it’s a chance to chart new territory and design apps that can bring new efficiencies to their favorite vertical markets ...

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Ensuring Reliable Protection Without Compromising Sound Quality

March 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Susan Chambers, UK Sales, GORE® Portable Electronic Venting, W. L. Gore & Associates | Comments

Sepura plc, Cambridge, England, is a global leader in digital radio products, systems and applications for business and critical communications. Customers include emergency services and users in the public safety, transport, utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and ... 

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly with Ikea’s New Furniture Collection

March 2, 2015 2:07 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, has unveiled a range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots for your smartphone. The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual ... 

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Ensuring the Usability of your Design: The Case for User Research

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Victor Yocco, PhD vyocco@intuitivecompany.com | Comments

Wireless product design is complex and constantly evolving. The usefulness of any wireless product only extends as far as its usability. User research allows wireless design and development teams to ensure products are usable, and to identify trouble areas that might require redesign or more focused user training ...        

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How U.S. Immigration Laws Affect Engineering

February 25, 2015 10:40 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

As I’ve stated in previous blogs, I’m not one for arguing politics – meaning, I’m good at keeping my mouth shut on issues concerning personal beliefs; however, this particular topic caught my attention after conducting an interview with the alumni members of the Falcon robotics team at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, AZ, who provided the inspiration for the movie “Spare Parts ...”

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Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 19, 2015 3:59 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes ...

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Capture and Stream Whiteboard Notes Using the Equil Smartmarker

February 19, 2015 2:18 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Picture this: you're in a meeting or lecture listening. JUST listening. No notebook or pen to take notes, no phone to take a picture of what the speaker or teacher is jotting down on the whiteboard. But how on earth will you ever remember everything, the key points, the ... 

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Top 3 STEM Toys from 2015 Toy Fair

February 18, 2015 3:59 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

This year's Toy Fair was apparently filled with pretty awesome stuff for kids. Obviously we're all engineers over here so what does the Toy Fair have to do with us? Remember STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? Well a ton of toy companies were focused on ... 

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Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

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Drones to Deliver Food and Drinks in Crowded Restaurants

February 13, 2015 3:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Infinium Robotics, a Singapore company, is developing drones for restaurant chain Timbre. The drones will transport food and drinks from the kitchen to a wait station near customers’ tables, and they're hoping to have them ready by the end of the year. Each night before they open, the ... 

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The Wonderful World of Internet of Things

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are ...  

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The Level Forces Subtle Movement While Working

February 10, 2015 11:53 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

I'm sure you've heard of the standing desks, or even better yet, the treadmill desk (which I'm still waiting for...), all which are supposed to help get you up (and some moving) because as we all know, sitting all day is bad for, well,  everything. Fluidstance, a California-based startup is questioning, though, is standing still all the time that much ... 

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Driverless Cars Are Not High-Speed Trains

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars driven by human beings would be much safer if operated by machines, many people argue against ... 

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