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Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic 'Beast of Burden'

June 4, 2015

A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.

2014 Salary and Opinion Study

March 25, 2015

Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.

FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones

March 23, 2015

How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an "experimental airworthiness certificate" from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.

Integrated Motion Platform Speeds Fuselage Positioning

March 18, 2015

An integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) and motion platform has enabled an aircraft manufacturer to speed development and cut the costs of a massive fuselage positioning system.

Are AGVs Ready for the Assembly Line?

March 16, 2015

A Michigan-based company is putting a new wrinkle on the decades-old concept of using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the factory floor.

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Virtual Reality Is Changing the Game of Sports

August 19, 2015

While virtual reality is bringing new dimensions to video games, it is also being used in real-life sports to take players and fans to the next level.

When the Internet of Things Doesn't Make Sense

August 18, 2015

Implementing Internet of Things functionality into a product is often technically feasible. But is it really a good idea? In some cases, the IoT simply doesn't make sense.

Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015

August 18, 2015

Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.

Graphical Programming Allows Small Staff to Design Big Machine

By Charles Murray | August 18, 2015

How did Firefly Equipment design a machine without the help of software engineers?

Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?

By Rob Spiegel | August 14, 2015

There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.

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