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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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How to Design Better User Interfaces

By Charles Murray | October 24, 2014

If you're designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you'll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies."

Let Isaac Asimov Lead Your Brainstorming Session

By Sylvie Barak | October 23, 2014

Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.

30 Seconds With Optimal Design

By Charles Murray | October 21, 2014

At Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Joe Wascow told Design News how Optimal Design prototyped a machine that captures the wing-beat of a duck.

12 Robots That Play Sports

By Ann R. Thryft | October 20, 2014

Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.

Gadget Freak Case #264: Drink Delivery Vehicle - Inverted Pendulum

October 17, 2014

The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.

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