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Teaching Kids To Build Robots

March 20, 2014 10:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Brooklyn Robot Foundry is teaching kids engineering skills not usually taught in normal school classes.                                         

Engineering Newswire: Phantom Boat Flies Above the Water

March 20, 2014 10:38 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of Engineering Newswire from Product Design & Development takes a look at 3D printing documentaries exploring challenges of emerging companies, talks about toilet lights and imagines riding the flying phantom above the water. 

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 1

March 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to access information and control processes from afar saves time, money, and can keep workers out of potentially dangerous situations. For many solutions providers, this means more business apps for mobile devices.        

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The Inevitable Future of Driverless Cars

March 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Autonomous driving has long been on the to-do list for car manufacturers, but within the last year consumer interest has spurred inquisition in both the engineering community, as well as the legal arena.             

Could Open Source Be An Engine For The Internet Of Things?

March 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Jeff Evans & Alain Louchez | Articles | Comments

Whether it is an innovation engine, or the actual level playing field (as argued during the international ITU conference), open source is growingly viewed as a credible game changer for IoT.                   

LED Light Bulbs As A WiFi Alternative

March 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The technology company Pure LiFi has come up with the bright idea of using LED light bulbs to transmit data. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on how it works.                            

March 2014: Minimizing Downtime

March 12, 2014 11:09 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Liberty Bottleworks talks American pride, experts explain quality and reusability for compressed air piping systems, maintenance best practices and energy awareness drive down industrial motor costs, and more. 

Tech Fest Has 3D Printed Candy, Bitcoins

March 12, 2014 10:15 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Bitcoin, 3D printed candy, and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.                    

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3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device as a way for small businesses or product designers to develop full-scale prototypes in their own walls.               

Politicians Push For Smartphone Kill Switches

March 6, 2014 9:22 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

State and federal politicians are pushing for a kill switch that would allow users to disable stolen smartphones to make them worthless on the black market.                           

Apple's System To Create Smartcars

March 5, 2014 2:31 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Apple just unveiled CarPlay, billed as a "smarter, safer" way for drivers to use iPhones. Dan Ackerman, senior editor at CNET, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about what Apple's competition is bringing to the table.        

Automakers Bank On Small SUVs

March 4, 2014 1:42 pm | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The market for small SUVs is growing just about everywhere across the globe, and it's among the fastest-growing market segments in the U.S.                                

High-Tech Toilet Seats Don't Require Hands Or Paper

March 4, 2014 10:11 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new generation of toilets may one day make toilet paper — and the need to put one's hands anywhere near the unspeakable — seem like chamber pots and outhouses: outdated and somewhat messy throwbacks reserved for camping trips.        

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Apple Teams Up With Automakers

March 3, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is calling the technology, "CarPlay." That's a change from its original name, "iOS in the Car," given last June when Apple announced its plans to make its mobile operating system more compatible with automobiles.         

3D Printing Is Not A Bubble

March 3, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

3D Systems reported good enough earnings and guidance to impress investors while the whole 3D printing industry is bouncing back from a sluggish start to the year.                          

Manufacturers Optimistic Overall, But Energy Costs Are Big Concern

March 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

Like their peers in other sectors, industrial manufacturing CEOs are much less worried about the global economy than last year, although exchange rate volatility and energy costs are still big concerns.             

BlackBerry's Turnaround Strategy

February 27, 2014 2:21 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks about the need for the struggling phone maker to keep enterprise customers.                                         

Samsung's New Products In 90 Seconds

February 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Here's the first look at Samsung's new products including the Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Gear 2 and the more innovative Gear Fit, which combines the functionality of the Gear with biometrics and a curved touchscreen.          

What's A Bitcoin? A Look At The Digital Currency

February 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Early Tuesday, the world's most established exchange for Bitcoin disappeared from the Internet, sending the price of the virtual currency tumbling and prompting fears that the world's biggest experiment in electronic cash could soon be strangled by fraud or regulation.

Google Announces $1M Donation To Solve Problems Through Technology

February 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, Google's ideas director, announce New Digital Age grants for groups or individuals that use technology to solve problems. Schmidt and Cohen also discuss the future of technology.     

Say Hello To Project Tango

February 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by Google ATAP | Videos | Comments

Google's Project Tango is an exploration into giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.                                       

A Self-Driving Tesla From Swiss Futurists

February 20, 2014 2:26 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE concept car explores all that might be possible to do in a car once you no longer have to drive it yourself.                                    

What Would The iCar Look Like? It's Fun To Dream

February 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Rumors have been swirling since news broke this week of a possible meeting between Apple's top executive for acquisitions and the CEO of electric car maker Tesla. With $158.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the money to buy Tesla, which has a market cap of about $24 billion.

'Back To The Future' Self-Tying Power Laces Coming Soon

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Nike will introduce self-tying "power laces," as worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. In the 1989 movie, the power laces became a reality in 2015. Sure enough, next year is when Nike will unveil the laces, confirmed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield.

Is There A Place For Wearable Tech In Manufacturing?

February 19, 2014 9:51 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technologies are a hot trend. At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business? 

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