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Optical Wireless Pioneer Shows Auto Makers The Light

January 4, 2013 10:31 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Scientists from the University of Warwick are undertaking research into the use of optical wireless in cars, technology that can send data signals with light. The researchers say optical wireless could replace most wiring within vehicles, providing an eco-friendly solution that cuts fuel and maintenance costs. 

The Lightbulb That Can Transmit Data

January 3, 2013 9:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Li-Fi is a technology that uses LEDs to transmit data wirelessly. The technology patented by professor of engineering at Edinburgh University, Harold Haas, is an answer to congested bandwidth by turning lightbulbs into broadband communication devices.

Top Technology Trends For 2013

January 3, 2013 9:45 am | by NBC News | Videos

From gesture computing and multi-touch technology to smartphones that are smarter than ever, TODAY digital lifestyle contributor Mario Armstrong takes a look at the gadgets that will be taking center stage in 2013. And as pricing goes down, many of these technologies will become even more affordable.  


IMTSTV: 2012 A 'Fantastic' Year For Manufacturing

January 3, 2013 9:34 am | by IMTSTV | Videos

IMTSTV's Penny Brown interviews Angel Martinez, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Caterpillar on how tax reform can boost manufacturing, improving U.S. infrastructure and importance of workforce development; Pat McGibbon interviews Richard Aboulafia with Teal Group on the fiscal cliff as it relates to the aerospace industry; and more. Brown says 2012 was "a fantastic year for manufacturing."

Made In The USA Again: Factors Affecting A Resurgence

January 3, 2013 9:31 am | by PwC | Videos

In this video from consulting firm PwC, US Industrial Products leader Bob McCutcheon discusses seven key factors that will affect a resurgence in American manufacturing, from shale gas, to talent, to demand, and more. Check it out here.

2012: The Year The PC Died?

January 2, 2013 10:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Sales are down for the first time in a decade while the smartphone and tablet market is booming. Is the PC dead? As consumers are opting for the mobility of tablets and smartphones, PC sales are expected to be down for an entire year. 

Alabama Builds A New Economy

December 21, 2012 9:46 am | by NBC News | Videos

Manufacturing is moving to the Southern United States in a big way. In Mobile, an Australian shipbuilding company called Austal is leading the way in hiring—bringing on up to 100 new employees every month.'s Matt Rivera explores why.

How Barnes & Noble Ships Millions Of Gifts

December 20, 2012 9:39 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Using enough gift wrap to reach the North Pole from New Jersey, Barnes & Noble's high-tech warehouse spits out a million packages a day. 


Tim Cook: Keeping Apple Cutting Edge

December 19, 2012 9:45 am | by NBC News | Videos

Steve Jobs’ hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks exclusively to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple’s battle with Samsung, glitches with their maps app, the prospect of Apple TV, and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.

Greek Yogurt Craze Revives NY Manufacturing Town

December 18, 2012 9:29 am | by NBC News | Videos

The growing popularity of Greek yogurt in the United States has revived at least one town in upstate New York when Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya decided to buy a closing yogurt factory in New Berlin, N.Y. He's grown the staff from 5 employees to over 1300 people. Rock Center’s Harry Smith reports.

Your Smartphone Might Be Under Attack

December 17, 2012 10:37 am | by CBSNews | Videos

Malware is becoming more of a problem not only on computers but also on smartphones. CEO of TopPatch Chiranjeev Bordoloi explains how some of the malicious activity is conducted and how to protect your device. CBSNews producer Chenda Ngak reports in this Science and Technology video.  

Why Work Doesn't Happen At Work

December 7, 2012 9:42 am | by Ted | Videos

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. For more information visit

FedEx CEO: I'm Dismayed By Washington

December 6, 2012 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Fred Smith says fiscal cliff talks should focus on the corporate tax policies first. Smith says that it's not small businesses that are creating jobs in the U.S., but rather it's capital investments in equipment and software done by big business. 

Lisa Harouni: A Primer On 3D Printing

December 5, 2012 4:35 pm | by Ted | Videos

2012 may become known as the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology became accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni, co-founder of Digital Forming, gives a useful primer on this fascinating way of making things - including intricate objects once impossible to create.

Spinning Fibers At The Nanoscale At MIT

December 5, 2012 4:29 pm | by MITNewsOffice | Videos

A team of MIT researchers has developed a new way to generate nanofibers, using hardware built through standard chip-manufacturing processes. In their prototype, the researchers cram 25 emitters into a square centimeter, boosting nano fiber-production rates while reducing power consumption.


Supply Chain Management: The Beer Game

December 5, 2012 4:18 pm | by Kettering University | Videos

Prof. Larry Navarre (Business) presents "Supply Chain Management: The Beer Game" during the Provost's Distinguished Faculty Speaker Series. Prof. Navarre touches on the important functions of fulfilling a customer request including product development, marketing, operations, distribution, finance and customer service.


The Big Shift From Software To Cloud Services

December 5, 2012 4:09 pm | by WindowsEmbedded | Videos

During the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit 2012, Windows Azure Marketing General Manager Eron Kelly discusses Microsoft Corp.'s focus on delivering software through the cloud and the opportunity it creates for devices and intelligent systems.

Intelligent Systems In Manufacturing

December 5, 2012 4:01 pm | by WindowsEmbedded | Videos

Embedded devices bring new efficiencies to the manufacturing line. Watch the "intelligent screwdriver" in action in this simulation of a working intelligent system that links factory-floor devices to decision makers thousands of miles away. Jeff Wettlaufer, technical program manager for Windows Embedded's Marketing Team, shows how it works.


Driving Efficiency With Intelligent Systems

December 5, 2012 3:53 pm | by WindowsEmbedded | Videos

In its Toledo, Ohio plant, Kuka Systems manages an incredibly complex data flow—and builds entire the body of a Jeep Wrangler in 82 seconds--using an intelligent system powered by Windows Embedded. The highly automated plant produces more than 700 Wrangler bodies each day, in eight different body configurations. 


The Air You Breathe

December 5, 2012 3:43 pm | by Camfill Farr | Videos

Got dust or fumes in your workplace? Hold on because you're about to take a virtual ride and fly through a Gold Series industrial dust collector from Camfill Farr. See how it works and how it can help you clean up your factory by watching this dust collector video.


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