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Craft Brewer's Drone Delivery Hopes Put On Ice

February 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by Gretchen Ehlke, Associated Press | News | Comments

A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.             

Feds To Decide On Car-To-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

What Does 3D Printing Mean For ERP?

February 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Antony Bourne, Global Manufacturing Industry Director, IFS | Articles | Comments

How do you accommodate 3D printing from a business management standpoint within an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application? Here are a few insights.                           

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Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

Robots Still Have A Lot To Learn

January 30, 2014 9:31 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At a recent robotics challenge in Miami, it was clear that robot development is still working on the most basic of functions.                                    

3D Printing Helps Nike Design Super Bowl Cleat

January 29, 2014 12:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nike used 3D printed prototypes to speed up the design process for its latest football cleat.                                             

3D Printing Could Revolutionize Home Building

January 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A USC professor demonstrates how to build a 2,500-square-foot home in less than 20 hours. Brittney Hopper, KCBS 2 Los Angeles, reports.                                 

The Future of Localized Manufacturing

January 24, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Atlantic | Videos | Comments

Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow.

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The Future Of Digital Fabrication

January 23, 2014 8:36 am | by Fareed Zakaria, CNN | Videos | Comments

Fareed Zakaria discusses the future of 3D printing and digital fabrication with MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld argues that 3D printers are just the beginning and explains how technological advancements can impact manufacturing globally. 

The World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

January 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Volkswagen XL1 is the world's most fuel-efficient car. It's a plug-in hybrid with a 0.8 liter, 2 cylinder aluminum diesel engine and gets 160 mpg.                             

Next-Level 3D Printing With Metal

January 22, 2014 9:32 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

3D printing took another leap forward when Michigan Technological University scientists invented a 3D metal printer available at a relatively affordable price. While the machine is still a work in progress, it opens up the possibility of 3D metal printing for medium and small businesses, and even dedicated hobbyists. Here are some possible pros and cons that result from affordable, open-source 3D metal printers.

Why Electric Cars Matter To GM

January 21, 2014 1:31 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Mark Reuss, President, GM North America discusses why electric cars are crucial to GM.                                               

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

January 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

Could 3D printing revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David." Three-dimensional printing takes the opposite approach. 

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New Infrared Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Fluke Corporation | Videos | Comments

A lot is at stake when you're relying on images that are out of focus. Never again question your infrared image with Fluke's LaserSharp Auto Focus which gives you consistently in-focus images, every single time, says the company.      

FutureGen Gets Key Energy Department Approval

January 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department issued its 25-page approval of the $1.65 billion plan that would refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois. The project would remove carbon dioxide from the coal and store it underground. The greenhouse gas is linked to climate change.

Obama Announces First Manufacturing Hub

January 16, 2014 9:33 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

President Obama discusses a new North Carolina "manufacturing hub" that he hopes will spread innovation nationwide.                                       

Google Builds A 'Nest' For Future Of Smart Homes

January 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation. This imagined future is still a few years away, but Google is already preparing with its $3.2 billion acquisition of high-tech thermostat and smoke-detector maker Nest Labs.

Harnessing Big Data With A Systems Thinking Approach

January 15, 2014 9:23 am | by Tom Kadala, Founder and CEO of Alternative Technology Corporation | Articles | Comments

With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years, what can we expect our data vaults to hold two or even twenty years from now? Companies who are hiring data scientists with the hopes of harnessing big data and data analytics' mythical promises are potentially making a huge mistake.

Ford CEO: Aluminum Is Stronger And Tougher

January 14, 2014 11:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Debuting an aluminum F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford CEO Alan Mulally says the material is stronger, tougher, and more fuel efficient than steel.                             

The Future Is Here And It's Wearable

January 13, 2014 3:45 pm | by NBC Nightly News | Videos | Comments

Check out the next generation of technology you won't be able to live without. Gadget by gadget, people expect even the most common things to be more useful with the Internet.                      

3-D Printing Set To Break Out Of Niche

January 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Last year, there were only a handful of 3-D printing companies at the gadget show. This year, there were thirty, and the organizers had to turn others away because they couldn't fit them in. The 3-D printing area of the show floor drew dense crowds that gawked at the printers and their creations, which ranged from toys to tea cups to iPhone cases.

Aluminum Revolution: Ford Introduces New F-150

January 13, 2014 9:53 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

On Monday, Ford unveils a new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. The lighter material shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck, a revolutionary change for a vehicle known for its heft and an industry still heavily reliant on steel.

Carmakers: Driverless Cars Need Legal Framework

January 10, 2014 9:44 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's a world in which you no longer grip the wheel with excitement, but instead relax with a book or movie as your car chauffeurs you to your destination. It's also a future that won't materialize, say carmakers, unless legislators around the world create a new legal framework.

A Driverless Audi Hits The Highway

January 9, 2014 12:29 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNN's Samuel Burke takes a ride in Audi's self-driving A7 during this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.                                       

Okuma America’s 2014 Technology Showcase

January 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Okuma America Corporation | Events

Held annually, Okuma America's Technology Showcase is designed to give attendees the unique opportunity to see and gain hands-on experience with Okuma’s latest technology and discuss their individual needs with a variety of industry experts.

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