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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.

Bionic Olympic Games Set for 2016

April 21, 2014

Cybathlon is an Olympic-style competition for those with bionic prosthetics.

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15 Great Hacker Movies

By Rob Spiegel | September 19, 2014

Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies

By Rob Spiegel | September 17, 2014

New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.

'Space Kid's' Design to be 3D-Printed on ISS

By Elizabeth Montalbano | September 16, 2014

The "Space Kid," 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.

20 Top Employers for Engineers

By Rob Spiegel | September 15, 2014

We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?

How to Harpoon a Comet

By Dave Palmer | September 12, 2014

In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.

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