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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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A New Weapon Against Fraud

March 19, 2014 5:16 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Consumers are tired of credit card breaches — and so is the credit card industry. But Dynamics, a developer of next generation credit cards, will soon be out with a high-tech solution: a card with its own keypad.            

Breathing Battery Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

March 18, 2014 9:30 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The main difference between lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries is that the latter replaces the traditional cathode — a key battery component involved in the flow of electric current — with air. That makes the rechargeable metal-air battery lighter with the potential to pack in more energy than its commercial counterpart.

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.                            

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Amsterdam House Built With 3D Printer

March 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the core of the project is a 6-meter (20-foot) -tall printer dubbed the Kamermaker, or "room-builder."                                         

Dell's Future May Not Be In PCs

March 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Dell CEO Michael Dell talks about how the company's move into big data services will become a big part of their business.                                     

5 Bad Signs For Bitcoin

March 13, 2014 9:22 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The hits keep coming for virtual currency Bitcoin. Christine Romans has 5 reasons why Bitcoin may not be the currency of the future.                                     

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.                    

How Can You Make Planes Easier To Find In The Ocean?

March 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" that end up in the ocean.                     

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Customized, 3D Printed Oreos

March 11, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CNNMoney's Laurie Segall takes a bite out of Oreo's latest project, a 3D printed cookie.                                               

California Mulls Driverless Car Regulations

March 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Once the stuff of science fiction, "Driverless cars" could be commercially available by decade's end. On Tuesday, the DMV is hearing ideas on how to integrate the cars onto public roads.                   

Japanese Bitcoin Exchange Files U.S. Bankruptcy Case

March 11, 2014 10:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The collapse of Japan's Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange is spilling into U.S. bankruptcy court as the company scrambles for legal cover after losing digital currency valued at $473 million.                    

Watch As A Drone Stuns A Man

March 10, 2014 2:24 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Chaotic Moon Studios shows off a drone that can remotely stun a person, but its creators say it has applications beyond law enforcement.                                 

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.        

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.        

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.                          

Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers

March 3, 2014 1:42 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. The product could potentially help heal weight-bearing bone in a fraction of the time it normally takes.   

Mclaren 12C: Near-Perfect Supercar

February 28, 2014 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The McLaren 12C Spyder provides roaring excitement that's easy to live with... at a price.                                             

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