Welcome to Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics (http://www.mouser.com). I'm Kasey Panetta, managing editor of ECN. In this weeks episode: Daz Fellows has a custom jet luge, which features twin-turbines with a combined output of 537 pounds of thrust and a custom board made from carbon fiber, and next year, he will attempt to reach a speed of 300 mph.
Today on Engineering Newswire, we're launching drones from tiny boats, recycling shower water, using sensors to prevent serious brain injuries, and making batteries more efficient by going viral. Typically, distance per charge is the biggest complaint and fear of those driving electric vehicles. Now, MIT researchers have started using genetically modified viruses to help the situation.
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Hirobo's HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter: Japan's HX-1 from Hirobo is a personal manned BIT electric micro helicopter.
Introducing metal 3D printing to the world as a viable solution for fully functional firearm prototypes. At http://www.solidconcepts.com, you can learn more about the reliability, usability, durability and accuracy of DMLS as a functioning prototype or product, and this gun is a successful demonstration of each of those attributes.
Son of Blackbird: Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has recently revealed its plans for a hypersonic aircraft that will go twice the speed of the SR-71. The SR-72 twin-engine aircraft is expected to travel at Mach 6, with the ability to strike targets. At this speed, no enemy would have time to react or hide.
The Cessna citation X was recently confirmed by the FAA as the fastest civilian aircraft in the world blowing past the current record holder, the Gulfstream G650 at a speed of mach .935 to the Gulfstreams unimpressive Mach .925. On the other side of the speed scale, the town of Milton-Keynes in England is replacing its public buses with a pod system that will rocket passengers around the city at a whiplash-inducing 12 mph.
In this video, the robot does not know how to move a knife safely and learns through Interactive zero-G and tablet touch user interaction on Baxter for grocery checkout application. With high degree-of-freedom manipulators, one needs to find a trajectory that is not only valid from a geometric point-of-view (i.e., feasible and obstacle-free, the criterion that most existing planners focus on), but also satisfy the user's preferences.
On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are hacking our home with Neurio, a new home automation system from Energy Aware Technology. Neurio is seeking funding on Kickstarter and hoping to change the way we interact with our homes by making our ordinary appliances smarter.
This week on Engineering Newswire, we're keeping things cool with a microwave, walking the walk with bipedal robots, solving traffic jam mysteries, and skidding off the runway with a space glider. This week's episode features: Space Glider Skids: Sierra Nevada recently conducted the first free-flight approach-and-landing test of the company's Dream Chaser spacecraft, but things didn't end smoothly.
In this week's headlines: TWI develops a handheld 5kW laser torch: The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has developed a powerful laser projector that resembles a rifle. Lexus creates a portrait painting system: Lexus has turned the art of automobiles into a reality with the Art is Motion system.
This week on Engineering Newswire, we're crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey. This episode features....
Since the birth of the relay industry in 1960, Omron has continued to produce leading-edge relays to meet customer needs. DC power relays are a new range of products developed for applications such as clean energy vehicles and storage batteries for homes, in response to the rapidly growing trend in many different fields to use renewable energy and reduce CO2 emissions.
Welcome to Engineering Update. I'm Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor of ECN. In this week's episode: The McLaren p1 is a long-awaited supercar featuring a hybrid engine and, luckily for us, the company has just released the specs for this ridiculous machine.
On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are pouring ourselves a drink with Monsieur, the world's first artificially intelligent robotic bartender. With access to more than 300 drink recipes, Monsieur becomes your very own personal butler....
Today on Engineering Newswire, we're designing touch-free interfaces, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, "what women want." This episode features: Robots in Disguise: Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed software that uses a swarm of insect cyborgs to map collapsed buildings.