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The Technology Behind Exoskeletons

August 15, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

With a robust history of pop culture examples, its no wonder that real-life exoskeleton prototypes have been evolving for decades. General Electric's 1960s 'Hardi-Man' could help users lift 1500 pounds, but it also weighed 1500 pounds. Lockheed Martin's current day "hulc" helps soldiers tote up to 200 pounds without significantly weighing them down.

Is Inventor Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Just Hype?

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Inventor Elon Musk calls his latest idea the Hyperloop: a high-speed transportation system that would speed people through hollow tubes at the speed of sound without turbulence, weather delays, or air traffic control. Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco.

'Hyperloop' Would Link LA-SF In 30 Minutes

August 13, 2013 10:03 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco. On Monday, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled a transportation concept that he said could whisk passengers the nearly 400 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes — half the time it takes an airplane. If it's ever built.

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Inventor Musk To Share Plans For High-Speed Travel

August 12, 2013 2:06 pm | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday. Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events.

Car Company's Big Plans Haven't Come To Fruition

August 12, 2013 10:21 am | by Holbrook Mohr, Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

It seemed like a win for everyone when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in Mississippi. GreenTech Automotive announced in 2009 production would start in three years and foreign investors who plunked down at least $500,000 for the venture would get the opportunity to live in the U.S. while an impoverished area of Mississippi would get jobs and tax revenues.

BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up For Sale

August 12, 2013 10:18 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry will consider selling itself. The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of boosting the adoption of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The company said its options could also include joint ventures, partnerships, or other moves.

The Mercedes-Benz That Nearly Drives Itself

August 8, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The new Mercedes-Benz S Class has technology that allows it to almost drive itself. While the Mercedes-Benz S Class has always been a leader in its class, it now boasts new and groundbreaking technology, like active cruise control that helps to keep the car in its lane.

Is Silicon Valley Out Of Touch?

August 8, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Investor John Doerr defends Silicon Valley's culture against arguments by the New Yorker's George Packer that the tech industry is disconnected from the middle class. Is Silicon Valley just a bubble that isn't real, or connected with America?

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Why Google Is Assembling Phones In The U.S.

August 7, 2013 12:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside talk about why they decided to assemble the Moto X smartphone in Texas. The Moto X will be assembled at a plant in Texas, which employs about 2,000 workers.        

Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

August 2013: Bang for the Buck

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Accenture's managing director explains how to radically improve the performance of your legacy spares planning system without buying a new one, Houston-based Blackwell Plastics helps people do what they love and love what they do, HVLS and HVAC are together at last to improve employee comfort and save money, and more.

Laser Sintering: Blazing New Trails In Tool Manufacturing

August 1, 2013 2:50 pm | by deutschewelle | Videos | Comments

Some components simply can't be made with a conventional milling machine. Selective laser sintering could provide the solution. With this new technology, lasers are used to fuse layers of metal powder into completely new components. The Toolcraft company in Bavaria is investing in the technology.

Photo Of The Day: An Organic Transit Vehicle

July 31, 2013 2:17 pm | by Valerie Bonk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background. What he's driving looks like a cross between a bicycle and a car, the closest thing yet to Fred Flintstone's footmobile, only with solar panels and a futuristic shape.

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Volkswagon Gags Academics From Revealing Car Flaws

July 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A British university says it is delaying the publication of an academic paper on electronic vulnerabilities in high-end Volkswagen cars following legal action from the German automaker. The academics had hoped to publish the paper at the USENIX Security Conference in Washington next month.

Musk’s New Endeavor: A High-Speed ‘Hyperloop’

July 30, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No, the aforementioned Hyperloop isn’t some kind of science fiction-esque teleportation device. Sorry to disappoint. Although with Elon Musk’s background in companies that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the private sector, it wouldn’t have been completely out of the blue. Instead, Hyperloop is what Musk calls the “fifth mode” of transportation, as an alternative to cars, planes, trains and boats.

New Toyota "Winglet" Ready For Testing

July 26, 2013 12:38 pm | by Toyota | Videos | Comments

The Winglet, created with the aim of contributing to the development of a society where mobility is safe, freely accessible, and fun, is a next-generation mobility robot that offers users outstanding operability and performance that expands the user's world, with a compact size and ease of use suited to modern living environments.

The Future Of Manufacturing: TEDxEdmonton

July 25, 2013 8:02 am | by TEDxTalks | Videos | Comments

Kyle Hermenean is the co-founder of Machina Corp., a company that manufactures 3D Printers with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing and rapid prototyping to an affordable price. He splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary growing the public's awareness of the second industrial revolution found in 3D printing technologies.

Hyundai's $180K Hydrogen Car

July 25, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Unhook it, plug it in, and let the hydrogen flow. This could be how you refuel your car in the not-so-distant future. Hyundai has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered vehicle for sale to government and businesses with hopes to have the car in dealerships by 2025.

Ford, Toyota End Collaboration On Hybrid Trucks

July 24, 2013 10:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford and Toyota are ending joint research into hybrid systems for trucks and SUVs. The companies said Tuesday that they will each develop the systems independently. Ford and Toyota agreed to the partnership two years ago after the CEOs of both companies met by chance in an airport. Engineers talked frequently and paid visits to each other's labs.

Accident Investigators Want Talking Car Tech

July 23, 2013 2:29 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal accident investigators are recommending the government set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles. The National Transportation Safety Board made the recommendation Tuesday in response to fatal school bus accidents at intersections in New Jersey and Florida last year.

Let’s Get Visible

July 22, 2013 3:35 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Asset management, at its core, is all about profitability. If a manufacturer can gain a clear picture of how and where assets are being used, they can account for overuse, underuse, lost items, bottlenecks, theft, and more. And in doing so, there is an endless list of tools to consider.

Restoring The ‘Tech Belt’ With Next-Gen Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The “Tech Belt“ region of the U.S. has undergone explosive growth in the years since the Great Recession. Some of the hardest-hit cities have seen manufacturing’s return with very positive upward trends. Among the region’s largest success stories is winning the nationwide bidding contest for the NAMII, a public-private collaboration to develop next-gen manufacturing processes based around additive manufacturing. 

Ford To Recalibrate Hybrids, Improve Fuel Economy

July 17, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is offering free upgrades to U.S. and Canadian hybrid customers to improve their fuel economy. The company plans to recalibrate the vehicle control systems on 77,000 Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids and Lincoln MKZ hybrids from the 2013 model year.

5 Quick Questions With The CEO Of BlueGrace Logistics

July 17, 2013 8:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It didn’t take long for the novelty of social media to fade, and the search for practical application and measurable impact of these vehicles to become a priority. Despite the commercial success of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and several other platforms, manufacturers are still seeking out answers as to whether the time spent on social outreach is worth the effort.

General Electric CEO Calls For More Innovation

July 12, 2013 2:03 pm | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States needs more startup companies and innovation to compete with the rest of the world, General Electric Co. chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt told the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents on Friday. Immelt said the U.S. needs more risk capital to help fuel startups, less government regulation, a greater emphasis on research and development and more cooperation with higher education.

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