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At Your Fingertips: How Leap Motion Lets You Control VR With Your Bare Hands

By Chris Wiltz | July 24, 2017

Virtual reality has an interface problem. In fact, if you asked the team at Leap Motion, they'd say all of modern technology does. But Leap Motion's sensor-based controller could change all of that by allowing us to interact in the digital world using the world's oldest and most user-friendly mode of input – our bare hands.

Touch-Sensitive Fibers Eyed for Use in Wearable Devices

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 24, 2017

Touchscreen-like capability may be coming to wearables thanks to new touch-sensitive elastic fibers developed by researchers at North Carolina State University.

Google Glass is Back, With a Focus on Enterprise

By Chris Wiltz | July 21, 2017

If it were a movie you might call it Google Glass 2: Enterprise Rises.

After halting sales of Google Glass in 2015, Google's parent company, Alphabet, has announced it will be re-releasing the headset, this time with a target toward enterprise over consumer.

Adidas Unveils the ‘Futurecraft’ of 3D-Printed Footwear

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 21, 2017

Global footwear company Adidas has teamed with Silicon Valley-based startup Carbon to develop a sneaker partially fabricated using a new manufacturing method that uses light and oxygen as the first product of its next-generation Futurecraft 4D brand.

The shoe represents a new direction in digital footwear creation that eliminates traditional prototyping or molding and will allow for better customization using athlete data and agile manufacturing, according to the German-based company.

Engineering a Robot for a Specific Job

By Rob Spiegel | July 20, 2017

With labor costs increasing and robot costs declining, collaborative robots have become an increasingly popular alternative to human labor. More and more, robots are filling a skills and cost niche – provided you have the right robot for the right task. One of the most efficient ways to replace labor with a robot is to create the robot specifically for the job that needs to be done.

12 Hydraulic Hybrids That Go Heavy Duty

By Charles Murray | July 20, 2017




Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.


Could China’s ban on scrap plastics have a silver lining for U.S. plastics industry?

By Clare Goldsberry | July 19, 2017

China notified the World Trade Organization yesterday that it intends to ban the import of certain scrap materials by the end of the year. Among the items on the list are most scrap plastics, including polymers of ethylene, styrene, vinyl chloride and PET, according to a release from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI; Washington, DC).

10 Automotive Ideas That Didn't Pan Out

By Charles Murray | July 19, 2017




Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.


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Dummies Book Takes a Crack at the IT/OT Conflict

By Rob Spiegel | July 19, 2017

Belden, Tripwire, Internet Cyber Security for Dummies, cybersecurity, IT, OTNot surprisingly, a book about industrial cybersecurity becomes a deep dive into the endless conflict between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Each of the two professions has an unequivocal mandate, and the mandates are in direct conflict. IT is devoted to security; OT is committed to uptime.

Don’t Sound the IC Engine’s Death Knell Yet

By Charles Murray | July 18, 2017

If the internal combustion engine could talk, it might follow the lead of Mark Twain and tell us that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.