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New Honda CB750 Concept Motorcycle

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Bunda350

The Future of the Cafe-Racer Above is a new concept of the Honda CB750 done by Igor Chak. The design is full of lines with sharp corners that make the bike look tough while still being aerodynamic and light. The motorcycle is powered by a 750cc four cylinder liquid hydrogen engine. The engine is shorter […]

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Semprius to Bring High Efficiency Solar Panel to Market this Year

Posted May 14th, 2012 by Design-Engine

The pages of science and tech websites are regularly filled with pronouncements of next big thing innovations or early stage breakthroughs that are often highly theoretical. Often they reflect something achieved in laboratory conditions which may not see the light of day for years if ever at all. Due to this problem, there is a […]

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Pantone Releases 336 New Colors for Designers with Plus Series

Posted April 30th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Expanded PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM now offers 25 percent more color options CARLSTADT, N.J. and SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2012 – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT) and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced the addition of 336 New Colors to its PANTONE® PLUS […]

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Three Emerging Technologies on The Verge of Mass Adoption

Posted April 27th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Often many ideas deemed breakthrough technologies are merely refinements or improvements over existing products or ways of doing things as opposed to something truly revolutionary or novel. In this sense the three presented technologies of this article, which are only now making there way on shelves or showrooms for today’s consumer, may well represent this […]

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How the United States Will Return to Space

Posted April 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

On July 21, the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed for the last time, ending three decades of missions in space. With the conclusion of the Shuttle program, the quest to restore the United States’ ability to send astronauts beyond the Earth became far more urgent. Though NASA has been working on a new vehicle since 2004, […]

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GoPro with Founder / Inventor Nick Woodman

Posted April 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Some people may know when they have an amazing idea for the next best thing, but actually putting that thought into motion can elude them for years, if not altogether. Take Nick Woodman, the founder and inventor of the GoPro Camera, for example. Back in 2002, Nick and his buds were punching the pavement up, […]

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Unmanned Nanomaterial Piranha Threatens to Redefine Naval Warfare

Posted April 10th, 2012 by Design-Engine

You’ve heard of UAVs, unmanned remote controlled military aircraft; but what about USVs? Standing for Unmanned Surface Vehicle, a USV is quite simply an unmanned boat, like Zyvex Marine’s Piranha concept. We’ve looked at USVs before, and the Piranha specifically in early 2010; but what was then a prototype under development is now a fully-fledged […]

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Volkswagen Uses Space Foil To Make Cars Safer

Posted March 26th, 2012 by Design-Engine

When auto makers submit their cars to crash tests, the sensors that are used to collect data about the crash process are often destroyed by the impact of the crash. To solve that problem, German car maker Volkswagen is turning to “space foil” – a special type of super-thin and highly accurate sensor that was […]

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Saab 1937-2012, Continuation Or End of An Icon?

Posted March 26th, 2012 by Design-Engine

One of the most notable absences from this year’s auto show was that of the iconic Swedish name, Saab, which was typically much anticipated and always looked upon to deliver prime examples of design and engineering excellence. The companies origin’s were in fact in aviation having been founded in 1937 with the assistance of numerous […]

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The LS3 robot funded by DARPA is a faster, quieter version of Boston Dynamics' BigDog robot. (DARPA)
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DARPA’s LS3 Robotic Mule, Big Dog, Goes Outside to Play

Posted February 9th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Here at PopSci, we’ve been fascinated by Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog ever since it was an adorable robotic puppy that couldn’t even open its eyes. Now that the technology is all grown up, repackaged, and rechristened the Legged Squad Support System (or LS3), its eyes are very much open – and fixed firmly on the […]

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Revolutionizing Night Vision in Lexington

Posted February 9th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Imagine you could see through the smoke, haze and darkness caused by structure fire and accurately locate people trapped among the debris and save their lives. To do this, your eyes would need to see far beyond our limited capacity to see colors deeper than red. You would have to see the always available radiation […]

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Electrification 2.0, A Second Act for Tesla

Posted January 19th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Tesla Motors the company that brought back the electric car form the wilderness and in fact gave allure and glamour to electric cars in the guise of the boutique 2 seater performance car is now gearing up for what may be the make or break of the California based company. The introduction of the Model […]

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Popular Science Review: Top 10 Inventions for 2011

Posted January 13th, 2012 by Design-Engine

In the five years that Popular Science has run the Invention Awards, we’ve seen a lot of remarkable things come out of people’s garages. Some are designed to treat the sick or save the planet. Others are simply fun to play with. But no matter what the purpose, the brilliance of the inventions and the […]

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Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter

Posted December 21st, 2011 by Design-Engine

The featured image above is a computer-generated imagery of one of several configurations that the US Army is looking at as part of the initial development work on its next-generation helicopters. (US Army imagery) WASHINGTON – The Pentagon and the U.S. Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching Science & Technology effort designed […]

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02 Pursuit Motorcycle Runs On Compressed Air

Posted December 16th, 2011 by Design-Engine

A vehicle that runs on air. It sounds like a fantastic idea, but energy is still needed to compress the air and the losses that go hand-in-hand with converting energy still have to be taken into account, just as in fossil fuel-based propulsion systems. Pros and cons aside, we still haven’t seen air powered transport […]

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A Design Grad’s Perspective: The “Why” Manifesto

Posted December 13th, 2011 by Design-Engine

Having decided that my first contribution to the design community would not be a sterile technical article but something that could reach beyond our all-knowing-decision-taking cortex all the way down to the limbic system, I decided to share what has been my first “industry experience” as a senior student within a product design company based […]

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Real World Design Challenge for Future Engineers

Posted December 13th, 2011 by Design-Engine

There’s nothing quite like real world experience for engaging students. And engineers, notorious for their passion to work hands-on, know this better than anyone. That’s the motivation behind the Real World Design Challenge sponsored in part by PTC. Every year RWDC presents high school students across the US with an actual design challenge being faced […]

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GrabCAD Review: Engineering Community with Free CAD Library

Posted December 12th, 2011 by Design-Engine

GrabCAD is a community founded by mechanical engineers. It is also a place for engineers to share their talent, expand knowledge, find a dream project and work with tools and features that make life better. Their HQ is located in Boston, MA with the development team in Estonia. Becoming a Member for FREE GrabCAD is […]

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CAD Upstart Gives Designers Holographic View

Posted December 6th, 2011 by Design-Engine

Objects in zSpace appear “solid” in open space, allowing users to manipulate them directly as if they were real physical objects. Talk about an unusual and cutting-edge way to interact with CAD and other design tools. Infinite Z, which bills itself as a startup although it’s been around in development mode since 2007, has launched […]

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USPS Stamps Honoring Industrial Designer

Posted July 1st, 2011 by rebeccamcquillen

U.S Postal Service Honors Former Herman Miller Design Director, Gilbert Rohde, with Forever Stamp The U.S Postal Service dedicated a stamp to Gilbert Rohde today as part of their new Pioneers of American Industrial Design series. The stamp pane honors 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers. Each stamp features the name […]

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