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CMU Awarded $1.54B In Marvell Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                     

The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

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Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With lackluster quarterly results Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?                                          

Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

Luxury Driverless Concept Car Offers View Of The Future

March 28, 2014 2:13 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE is a luxury car that leaves the job of driving to an onboard computer while passengers relax and enjoy the ride.                                  

Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing, @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.             

GE Develops Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

March 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by GE Research | Videos | Comments

Take a spin around the globe with GE as they highlight five manufacturing technologies GE researchers are developing.                                      

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3D Robotics Works To 'Demilitarize' Drones

March 27, 2014 10:10 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

3D Robotics CEO and Co-Founder Chris Anderson shows off the Iris, an insect-like drone that's rigged with a leveling arm for a GoPro camera.                               

A Look Inside The World's Best Search Plane

March 26, 2014 2:34 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Poseidon P8 is designed to hunt submarines, but the Navy is using the aircraft to locate wreckage from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.                               

Building Up, Not Out

March 24, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes, and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results. 

Saving A Life With 3D Printing

March 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Dr. Glenn Green and Scott Hollister came up with the solution to save a young boy's life: use 3D printing to build small splints that would help keep his trachea open until it was strong enough to do so itself.            

Cisco Investing Over $1B In Cloud Computing

March 24, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco plans to use the money to expand its data centers for the new service to be called Cisco Cloud Services.                                        

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Scientists Reinvent The Toilet At Tech Fair

March 24, 2014 10:09 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone, or create charcoal to combat climate change?                                     

Is Wireless Electricity Within Reach? Yep.

March 21, 2014 2:48 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

WiTricity is a technology that could power all of our devices over thin air. Check out this developing technology.                                        

Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FBI agents arrested a former Microsoft employee Wednesday on charges that he stole trade secrets from the company and leaked them to a blogger.                                

Airbus Boss Wants Improved Aircraft Tracking

March 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fabrice Bregier says Airbus is working to develop deployable black boxes or other systems that could help investigators find the recorders following an accident or disappearance.                      

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.        

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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