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Alexa, How Do I Design With Your Voice Service?

Publish Date: November 27, 2017
Intelligent voice is quickly becoming the artificial-intelligence user interface of choice for not only engineers but consumers, alike. Smart companies like Amazon are making voice services, like the Amazon Alexa suite, accessible to the masses, enabling developers to bring Amazon Alexa voice-controlled experiences to customers.

Vibration-Mitigating Algorithm Increases Speed of 3D Printing

Publish Date: November 27, 2017
The average 3D printer is a hardworking machine. While the print head zips along the X, Y, and Z axis, it can’t zip too fast, or vibration will cause degradation in the print quality. This is particularly true of smaller, more lightweight printers used by consumers and small businesses. Motors have gotten faster in recent years, but there’s only so fast they can go before the machine begins to “skip counts,” which results in layer registration errors. This can result in wavy “ghosted” surfaces on the printed item at best and comically (and costly) misprinted mistakes at worst.

IoT Edge Gateways Emerging as Enterprise Connectivity Option

Publish Date: November 24, 2017
Industrial IoT edge gateways represent an emerging product category and key technology for connecting both legacy controllers and edge devices to the Internet of Things (IoT). Along with integrating a variety of protocols for networking, they provide resources for managing data storage and analytics, along with enabling secure data flow between edge devices and cloud services. New Option for IIoT Applications

DoE Finds New Way to Turn Waste Heat Into Energy for Portable Electronics, Wearables

Publish Date: November 24, 2017
Researchers at the Department of Energy (DoE) have made a breakthrough in harvesting thermoelectric energy using carbon nanotube thin films that could be used to power portable electronics and sensors for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable technology.

Siemens Digitizes Industrial Machines to Speed Development

Publish Date: November 23, 2017
Siemens PLM has created the Advanced Machine Engineering (AME) tool to provides a platform that connects mechanical, electrical, and software engineering data to allow engineers access to a completely digital machine-build prototype. This digital twin represents an industrial machine operation that can be tested virtually throughout the development process.

Washable, Wearable Electronic Circuits Printed onto Fabric

Publish Date: November 23, 2017
Researchers are making broad strides in developing suitable electronics not only for technology that can be worn, but also is comfortably and can be washed for repeated use.

3D Printer Proto Labs Nabs Rapid

Publish Date: November 22, 2017
Technology-enabled manufacturing company, Proto Labs, has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Rapid Manufacturing Group, doing business as Rapid Prototype. Rapid Prototype specializes in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. The acquisition will add sheet-metal skills to Proto Labs’ fast manufacturing, as well as while expanding the company’s CNC machining capabilities.

Software Designers: Build Your Own

Publish Date: November 22, 2017
As a leading, full-service product development consultancy, our firm is always in competition for talent. Often, much larger (and richer) firms compete with us for the same limited pool of top-tier candidates.

Survey Shows American Brands Trail Asian, European Cars in Reliability

Publish Date: November 21, 2017
A new survey from Consumer Reports shows that American auto brands lag behind those of Europe and Asia in terms of reliability, and the reason could be partly attributable to cost.

Fighting Corrosion in Cooling Loops

Publish Date: November 21, 2017
Many cooling applications require high purity in the process cooling fluid. Corrosion contaminates the fluids, while the purity requirements for those fluids may be counted in parts per billion. In most applications, metal corrosion can be managed, slowed, or even stopped by using the appropriate materials and prevention techniques.