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Special Operations Forces Could Get 'Iron Man' Suit

May 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.          

Hover Bikes to Start Selling in 2017

May 19, 2014 2:50 pm | by MSN | Videos | Comments

Aerofex has been posting videos of its hover bike prototype in action since 2012, but the company has recently announced that the machine will go on sale in 2017.                          

Amazon Counterfeiting Concerns

May 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Wall Street Journal report is raising concerns that some products sold by the company are knock-offs. Vinita Nair reports on how counterfeits slip into the system, and why companies feel it hurts their brand.            

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How a Symbiotic Parent-Subsidiary Relationship Fuels Product Innovation

May 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeffrey R. Plummer | Articles | Comments

Finding innovative ways to share, reuse and collaborate on R&D is a key part of the parent-subsidiary relationship. This is especially true for U.S. manufacturers.                       

Take a Ride in Google's Self-Driving Car

May 15, 2014 2:33 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Google's self-driving car makes strides. One technology reporter got a chance to ride in the car and says it drives quite conservatively.                                 

Google Glass Resumes U.S. Sales

May 15, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest release of Google Glass comes a month after a one-day sale gave U.S. residents their first chance to buy the hottest accessory in geek fashion.                           

Cool Car Tech Hits the Road

May 13, 2014 10:05 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

From in-dash systems and larger touchscreens in the center consoles, car makers are increasing driver connectivity in their vehicles. Here's a look at some of the car technology happening right now.                

Survey Investigates Manufacturing Firms Use of Mobile Apps

May 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canvas | News | Comments

Among manufacturing firms that have deployed mobile apps to their workforces, 48 percent are using mobile apps for inspections, followed by 36 percent for work orders and 23 percent for surveys.                  

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Engineering Newswire: Experimental Electric Plane Takes First Flight

May 9, 2014 12:11 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of Engineering Newswire looks at 3D printed tattoos, rescuing a 36-year-old satellite and flying an experimental electric aircraft.                                  

The Real Cost Of Google Glass

May 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google's face wear has an extremely high sticker price, but the parts inside cost less than $80.                                            

Personal Robots, New Business Models Are New Mega Trends By 2020

May 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Frost & Sullivan | Articles | Comments

By 2020, personal robots ranging between $1,500 and $4,500 could enter our lives, technologies such as 3D printing could likely generate revenue of $7.1 billion by 2020, and we will witness the emergence of new business models.       

Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 8, 2014 9:53 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

Why are companies accepting unnecessary environmental liability associated with archaic, paper-based programs and what can they do to leverage existing technologies to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?          

Smart Gun Technology Sparks Outrage

May 7, 2014 2:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Find out why one gun store received backlash after planning on being the first in the country to sell the new firearm.                                      

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Driverless Car Test Site Gets Industry Partners

May 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan in establishing a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape, and will work with the school to help make such vehicles commercially viable.   

How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 5, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                             

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

May 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Bruce Bradshaw | Articles | Comments

Catching design errors before committing to a production run can yield big savings, but there’s another benefit to using 3D printing at this early stage.                            

Choosing The Right Additive Manufacturing Technology

May 1, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Barfoot, Managing Director, Hyphen | Articles | Comments

Each additive manufacturing process is simply a different tool in the toolbox. Our goal is to help guide you through the technology options so that you can feel more confident and educated as you make your technology decisions.       

USDA Announces Top Scientific Breakthroughs in 2013

April 28, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

A new report explores the scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers. Innovations range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling.        

Could Cell Phones Solve Flight 370 Mystery?

April 28, 2014 10:48 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Damaged cell phone data retrieved from Flight 370 could provide answers as to what happened. But the plane needs to be found first.                                   

Buffett On Technology Replacing Jobs

April 28, 2014 10:17 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffett explains why he thinks it's progress to have technology replacing human jobs, but acknowledges that people who are left behind need support.                             

Google: Driverless Cars Mastering City Streets

April 28, 2014 9:50 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of the tech giant's driverless car project wrote in a blog post Monday that test vehicles are becoming far more adept at city driving. They already can comfortably handle freeways.                  

7 Hilariously Ingenious Engineering Pranks

April 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to eye-opening pranks, hacks, and stunts, no one can equal a team of determined engineering students.                                       

Advanced Alternative Energy On Display At Auto Show

April 25, 2014 1:57 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Automakers are being pressured to make cars with better gas mileage and electric cars with longer ranges. Tim Stevens takes a look at a few of the models at the 2014 New York International Auto Show that truly show these features off.      

Inside Google X

April 24, 2014 9:52 am | by CBS | Videos | Comments

Google X is the top-secret lab where the company strives for world-changing innovation. It's been completely off limits to journalists until now.                               

The Future Of Combat Could Be This Robot

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. military hopes its new robot, Atlas, can one day take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans. But Pentagon researchers are still learning how hard it is to get the technology to perform even the simplest of tasks.       

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