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Human or Geminoid?

Posted February 17, 2014 1:00 PM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

You'll be pardoned for getting a little confused while watching a video showing so-called "Geminoids" along with the people they were modeled after. Geminoids are electromechanical devices designed to look and act like specific humans, explains this Design News piece, which includes links to several Geminoid videos. The mechanism behind Geminoid movements includes pneumatic actuators and air-flow control valves.


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How Important is 'Sustainability'?

Posted December 28, 2011 12:38 PM

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers recently published the results of its third annual "sustainability" survey. Some of the respondents dismissed sustainability as a fad embraced by companies solely for its public relations value, while others expressed their support for sustainable design practices. We'd like to know where you come down. In your view, is sustainability a trivial buzzword or an important design consideration?

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Are Recent Grads More Real-world Ready?

Posted November 30, 2011 9:17 AM

In a recent Design News piece about the top U.S. engineering schools, an engineer affiliated with one university on the list notes that "In the last five to 10 years, engineering curricula have shifted from theory-heavy coursework to a mixture of theory and hands-on experience." Have you noticed this shift in the workplace — i.e., do engineers right out of school seem better prepared to tackle real-world projects today than they did a decade ago?

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The Value of Older Workers

Posted October 26, 2011 7:29 AM

In engineering offices, older workers are an important source of knowledge and experience. But as the economic slump persists, older workers might not seem so valuable to companies looking to reduce costs and head count. Does your company place a high value on older workers, or are they a high-value target of corporate cost-cutters?

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Mentoring: What's the Real Story?

Posted September 28, 2011 7:31 AM

The Internet age seems to be making it easier for workers to hook up with a mentor. But how common is mentoring in the engineering field today? And how useful is it in furthering careers? Please share your own experience with mentoring, as well as observations about how common and useful it is in the engineering workplace.

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A Raise, but No Money

Posted August 31, 2011 7:47 AM

"People will never admit it, but money is not the thing they desire most from their work," declares an author in this IndustryWeek article, which discusses ways to motivate workers that don't involve raising their salaries. With corporate budgets so tight in recent years, has your company tried to replace monetary rewards with other ways of expressing their appreciation? If so, how satisfying have these substitutes been compared to a good old-fashioned raise?

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