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Mobile Robotics Kit Teaches Coding and Electronics Skills

Publish Date: June 19, 2017
Robotics is making a major impact on how we work, play, and learn. Al, automation, and robots are hot trending topics discussed in trade publications and online news feeds. According to IDC (International Data Corporation) the robotics industry and associated partners will reach $135.4 billion by 2019. IDC’s research also showed international robotics spending was $71 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at rate of 17%.

3D Printing, Robotics, Woz, and More Take Spotlight at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing

Publish Date: June 19, 2017
Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years.

SoftBank Acquires Boston Dynamics and Schaft from Google

Publish Date: June 16, 2017
Cool? Distrubing? Both? Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot is coordinated enough to navigate stairs.

Siemens Creates Global 3D Print Marketplace

Publish Date: June 16, 2017
Siemens PLM is developing an online collaborative platform to bring together on-demand product designers and 3D printing production vendors in a global marketplace. The platform is designed to provide a community capable of connecting all members of the 3D manufacturing community – from design to production – to “maximize resource utilization and access additive manufacturing expertise,” according to Siemens.

Fog Computing Moves Toward Interoperability Standards

Publish Date: June 15, 2017
Development of an open architecture, fog computing environment, rather than relying on single vendor implementations, is a vital step in the emergence of standards that will enable interoperability between the IoT, 5G, and other complex data and network intensive applications spanning from artificial intelligence, tactile Internet, and virtual reality.

3D Printing Turns Nanomachines into Human-Scale Workers

Publish Date: June 15, 2017
Nanotechnology is revolutionizing a number of engineering fields, including the design of new medical devices, batteries, and other technology. Now researchers have found a way to harness the power of nanomachines to work on a human scale, paving ways for potential breakthroughs in smart materials and devices. Using advanced 3D printing, researchers at Dartmouth College have found a way to transform nanomachines—tiny molecules that can move when they receive an external stimulus—into materials that perform work at human-scale.  

Steve Wozniak Praises Makers and Open Source

Publish Date: June 14, 2017
 Steve Wozniak told the audience at Atlantic Design and Manufacturing 2017 he was too busy to watch Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, although he has in recent years. “I only read about it after the fact,” he told his keynote audience.

15 Great Thoughts on Engineering

Publish Date: June 14, 2017
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Researchers Develop Hairy Skin to Enhance Robot Touch Sensing

Publish Date: June 14, 2017
These days we are seeing tremendous progress in robotics, as these machines take on more and more tasks that we once assumed to be the province of skilled humans alone. And while industrial robots that can weld steel and lift heavy objects have dominated the scene, more and more delicate tasks are now finding their way into robotic hands, as well.

Keeping Electric Cars Moving Even When It’s Cold Out

Publish Date: June 13, 2017
There are many good reasons to build cars that replace a tankful of gasoline with a trunkful of batteries. But as we endeavor to do so, we keep confronting the important differences between the two. Gasoline is energy-dense, concentrated and essentially indifferent to climatic conditions. It can provide a flow of power that is fast or slow. Like a perfect servant, it’s personal characteristics and quirks rarely, if ever, get in the way of doing its job. If only it didn’t give off all those emissions when burned.