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Croatian Micro-Car To Electrify Mass Market

March 12, 2013 3:31 pm | Videos

Croatian engineering company Dok-Ing has announced plans to start serial production of its electric three-seat microcar. The company believes urban commuters will find the vehicle ideal for low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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Hackers Claim They Targeted High-Profile Figures

March 12, 2013 9:03 am | by NBC News | Videos

Hackers released sensitive personal online information of 14 high-profile figures on Monday, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. NBC's Pete Williams reports on the privacy breach.     

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The Future Of Localized Manufacturing

March 11, 2013 9:27 am | by ForaTV | Videos

Neil Gershenfeld, a director at MIT, and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow. Although Gershenfeld concedes Atkinson's argument that localized manufacturing cannot compete with the productivity of large manufacturing, he believes that there is a place for household-sized plants.

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3-D Printing Guitars And Records

March 11, 2013 9:15 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Techies flock toward the "maker movement," which empowers people to use tech tools like 3D printing to build everything from toys to musical instruments. Christian Pramuk of Autodesk talks about how easy it is to design and print in 3D. Techies are taking hold by creating apps and products for 3D printing.

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The Backbone Of Mega Data Centers

March 11, 2013 9:07 am | by CNN Money | Videos

One of Emerson's core businesses is powering and cooling giant data and telecommunications centers around the world. People think that data centers are large quiet rooms storing and retrieving data. David Farr, CEO, Emerson, talks about data centers, where the company started with them and where they're at now. 

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The Success And Future Of Under Armour

March 7, 2013 3:06 pm | by NBC News | Videos

Kevin Plank began his athletic T-shirt company in 1996 and it made $17,000 in revenue that year. In 2012, Under Armour revenue was nearly $2 billion. Plank's company now has more than 5,000 employees. Plank truly believes his company is yet to make the one product that everyone wants, that will change the culture. 

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3D Printing Stocks Still One Dimensional

March 6, 2013 3:09 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Stratasys shares surged in early trading today and rival 3D Systems was also up. Recently public company ExOne shares rallied as well. 3D printing companies are up on some good sales, but be careful when investing in this volatile, emerging industry.

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The $10,000 Smartphone

March 6, 2013 3:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

A luxury mobile phone-maker has released the new Android-based smartphone Vertu Ti. Depending on the finishes, it costs upwards of $10,000. Laurie Segall reports on what all goes into a $10,000 smartphone and why it's so expensive. 

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Replacing Outdated Worm Gearboxes

March 6, 2013 2:53 pm | by MIHow2 | Videos

Marathon Electric shows us the advantages of using the Hera Max drive system over outdated worm gearboxes to increase efficiency and lower energy costs by up to 40 percent. Worm gearboxes are used in many manufacturing facilities working at efficiency levels that could be costing companies money. 

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The Secret To Making Better Batteries

March 6, 2013 2:39 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Graphene is being touted as the next 'it' material and companies like Vorbeck Materials hope it can help cut lithium battery weight and recharge times. John Lettow, president of Vorbeck Materials, discusses the science behind graphene and what it can do for batteries. 

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Defense-related Small Businesses Feel Sequester Pinch

March 5, 2013 11:54 am | by CBS News | Videos

The automatic sequester budget cuts are expected to slash $43 billion in defense spending over the next seven months - 8 percent of the Pentagon's budget. And, as Ben Tracy reports, that will impact thousands of small businesses that work in the defense industry.

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Is 3D Printing The Future Of Manufacturing?

March 4, 2013 3:12 pm | by CBS News | Videos

3D printing is a process by which an object or objects are created by "printing" its shape with any kind of metal or plastic. Cornell University professor Hod Lipson explains how a 3D printer works, its pros, and cons in this CBS This Morning segment.

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Nissan - EPORO Robots Come To America

March 4, 2013 9:09 am | by John Murphy | Videos

Seven small robots made by Nissan Motor Company could help change the fundamental way we get around forever. EPOROs - or zero emission robot car concepts - have made their debut in America and these little chick-like creatures run on electricity and use algorithms to move in harmony and in solitude.

Precision Engineering - Making Of The All New Vista D90

March 4, 2013 9:04 am | by TataVista90 | Videos

The New Vista D90 is a technological marvel engineered to perfection. Take a look at the high-tech facilities in the Tata Motors Pune plant which showcases the technological advancement employed to manufacture the Vista D90. Tata Motors owes its leading position in the Indian automobile industry to its strong focus on indigenisation.

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Manufacturing's Next Chapter

March 4, 2013 8:54 am | by GEreports | Videos

At The Atlantic's event, leading experts talk about what they think are the main challenges of manufacturing and the way forward for the U.S. manufacturing industry. Leaders talk about lasers, programming our physical world and beyond. Jamie Tarabay from Ideas Laboratory reports. 

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Futuristic Google Glass Has Tech World Buzzing

February 28, 2013 1:39 pm | by NBC News | Videos

A video demonstrating the gadget, a pane of glass that projects images right in front of your face, has earned more than 13 million views in less than a week. Google plans to release Glass before the end of the year. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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Ford To Invest In U.S. Manufacturing

February 27, 2013 3:19 pm | by CNN | Videos

Joe Hinrichs of the Ford Motor Company shares why the company is now investing in U.S. manufacturing. Hinrichs says the real drive is demand, because consumers are buying products with Ford's new EcoBoost Engine so the company is looking to increase manufacturing capacity. 

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Brazil's Booming Biz Building Private Jets

February 27, 2013 2:40 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Embraer, Brazil's number one exporter of manufactured goods, is now building private jets for the rich around the world. Embraer builds narrow-bodied jets for regional airlines around the globe. If you've ridden on a regional airlines, chances are you've ridden on one of Embraer's jets. 

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MYO - Wearable Gesture Control From Thalmic Labs

February 27, 2013 2:34 pm | by ThalmicLabs | Videos

The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies.Along with Thalmic’s proprietary muscle activity sensors and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the armband is equipped with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and an ARM processor.

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Cat B15 Android Phone Aims To Be Forklift-tough

February 27, 2013 2:21 pm | by CNET | Videos

Cat has announced its latest rugged smartphone, the Cat B15. Using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a grooved rubber back, and hard angles, the Cat B15 is aimed for construction and industrial workers. It is made of hardened rubber and aluminum. 

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