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He’s Heating Up

Generator wins Edison Award Ideally, a campout would include all parties turning off all electronics and going off the grid for the weekend to be one with nature. That’s a stretch in today’s world—try having a camping trip without someone checking their phone. With that in mind, it’s no wonder this next product won a popular award. […]

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‘Reluctant’ Delivery

Nidec, UPS team up for new fuel cell delivery trucks Two companies that have spent the last decade reinventing themselves are teaming up for an extra-efficient delivery process. Nidec Motor Corp. is providing the switched reluctance motors for UPS’ new fuel cell delivery trucks. Motors of this variety, popularized by major manufacturers in recent years for […]

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Patented Cool

Cool Technologies’ radial vent methods receive patent Cool Technologies, Inc., received a US patent (no. 9,543,809) on February 24 for its radial vent heat pipe system as well as a notice of allowance for a patent in Mexico. “Cooling technologies developed in the 1970s are still the standard in many electric motor and generator designs today,” Tim […]

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Lightbulb Moments, Awarded

Where work and fun intersect: Finalists for the 2017 Edison Awards  Edison Universe has released a list of finalists for the 2017 Edison Awards, honoring “the best in innovation and innovators,” and providing a glimpse into the future. Vibram, of Albizzate, Italy, is nominated for its advanced cold-weather gripping shoes (look for more on this […]

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To the Motor-Copter

Is it a car? Is it a plane? It’s both. At the risk of being brutally honest, it’s difficult to see exactly why society needs flying cars. Or self-driving ones, for that matter. That being said, certain inventions in the age of technology are just too, um, inventive, to ignore. Here’s another prototype that fits that […]

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Need A Lift?

In the Swiss Alps, ABB powers first chairlift for the disabled In Switzerland, some holiday uplift for even the crankiest scrooge. Beginning this winter season at the Madrisa ski resort in the Swiss Alps, a new, wheelchair-accessible chairlift model is in operation. The handicap and disabled-friendly Madrisa 6-seater lift is the first of its kind, and […]

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Holiday Warm-Up

Here’s a hot gift inspired by a motorhead Worth considering during the last-minute holiday scramble: A heated necklace, inspired by a former motor shop worker. As Anthony Gentile of local Nevada news source Tahoe Daily Tribune reports, the brand Kozy Core is a unique story. More ‘surface-warming’ than heartwarming, this gadget will probably just keep you […]

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Big Wheels, Little Company

Electric bikes made by startup will use Nidec motor  Momentum Electric, a London-based electric bicycle company, has just launched what it claims to be “the most powerful legal electric bike”. A collaboration between one of the smallest companies in Europe and one of the largest companies in Japan, the VIT-S model was launched on crowdfunding campaign site Kickstarter. It has a maximum power […]

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IMTS Preview

What to watch for at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show Gear up for a week full of innovations, interactions, and intelligence as the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) comes to Chicago next week (September 12-17th). The show is a bellwether for the developing technologies of the manufacturing industry, and it only takes place every other year, […]

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Motorized Luggage

Lithium batteries charge electric motor to create rolling Modobag I’d bet plenty of folks will see this idea and write it off purely on looks. I can already hear the immovable, disgruntled dad saying “that looks ridiculous” with a scoff. For those who aren’t skeptical—or embarrassed, for that matter…there’s quite the idea here. Electric motors are […]

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