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Nypro Healthcare Expands Manufacturing Effort

October 15, 2014

Mass.-based company opens new 200,000-sq-ft facility and brings more jobs, revitalization to the commonwealth.

Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor

September 16, 2014

Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.

Rehab Chair Delivers Right Dose of Tension & Vibration to Patients' Muscles

August 28, 2014

Tolomatic ERD actuator provides high-tolerance, high-force capabilities at a low cost to innovative medical therapy machine.

Baxter the Robot Becomes More Trainable

July 23, 2014

Rethink Robotics has upgraded Baxter the Robot so it can be easily trained by co-workers who simply show the robot how to move.

Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture

June 23, 2014

The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.

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Robo-Fabric Brings New Dimension to Wearable Tech

By Elizabeth Montalbano | November 26, 2014

Researchers have developed a new flexible fabric that integrates both movement and sensors, introducing new potential for technology-embedded clothing and soft robots.

Writers Are Getting 3D Printing Wrong

November 26, 2014

Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.

Engineer Comic Works in PowerPoint

By Rob Spiegel | November 26, 2014

If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.

Is Sexism Driving Women Out of Engineering?

By Dave Palmer | November 25, 2014

When my daughter decided she wanted to study engineering, I was very proud of her. At the same time, in the back of my mind, I wondered if she knew what she was in for.

Engineers Make Great Leaders

By Pamela Moore | November 18, 2014

The Harvard Business Review claims engineers make great CEOs. What do you think?

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