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Engineering Update #30: The McLaren P1 is the hybrid supercar of the future

October 24, 2013 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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.

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Kickstarter of the Week: This robotic bartender knows your favorite drink

October 23, 2013 12:53 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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....

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Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg cockroaches map collapsed buildings

October 18, 2013 9:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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.

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Engineering Update #29: Brain-reading devices and interactive paper generators

October 17, 2013 11:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this week's headlines: DOD promotes development of brain-reading devices: The US Department of Defense is working to develop a cheap, wearable system that can detect a person's brain waves and display the data on smartphones and tablets.

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RapidFIRE: Top ten 3D printers

October 15, 2013 2:41 pm | Comments

PD&D recently had the opportunity to review a couple of desktop 3D printers, the LulzBot TAZ and the Afinia H479 from Saelig. The review, while enlightening, only left us thirsting for more. Now that TAZ has shipped out, all that remains is a hole in a cube that begs to be filled.

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Engineering Update #28: The car designed for a zombie apocalypse

October 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

If you're worried about the impending Zombie apocalypse have we got a car for you. The zombie-pocolypse prototype car was designed by a Walking Dead fan via the Walking Dead Chop Shop app, which allows users to customize three Hyundai models into the perfect anti-zombie car.

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Engineering Newswire 60: Hyundai builds zombie survival machine, preps for apocalypse

October 10, 2013 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're being chased down by animal-like robots, designing a zombie survival machine, breaking the women's land speed record, and using gems to better breathalyzers. This episode features: At this year's Comic-Con in New York, Hyundai will bring a fan-designed Zombie survival machine to life. Arizona-based Anson Kuo's Sante Fe design was picked out of more than 82,500 fan submissions.

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Engineering Newswire 59: Personal jetpack redesign saves pilot from catastrophic failure

October 4, 2013 10:36 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big balloon. New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company has recently re-designed the Martin Jetpack, changing the position of the ducts to help improve the jetpack's performance and maneuverability.

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Engineering Update #27: The world's most powerful electric car

October 3, 2013 12:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's headlines: Venturi unveils world's most powerful electric car: Ohio State University and French manufacturer, Venturi Automobiles is out to set a new record with what will be the most powerful electric car ever made.

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Kickstarter of the Week: Frustration, anger lead to new 3D printer design

October 2, 2013 1:26 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are 3D scanning, modeling, and printing with a new all-in-one solution from Radiant Fabrication. The Lionhead is a 3D printer with eight print heads, and its counterpart, the Lionhead bunny, is available with four print heads.

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DIY Hacks & How Tos: Pepper's Ghost

October 1, 2013 3:00 pm | Comments

Pepper's Ghost is a special effects technique for creating transparent ghostly images. This technique has been a staple of theaters and haunted houses since John Pepper popularized it in the 1800s. It works by reflecting an image of the ghost off of a sheet of plexiglass. This special effect is especially impressive because it can be performed live....

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Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's experimental program sends drones to space

September 30, 2013 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're microwaving rubble, expanding access to space, designing elastic OLEDs, and flying tinker toys to space. This episode features: DARPA has come up with a new experimental space program -- XS-1 -- which aims to develop a fully reusable, unmanned vehicle that would provide aircraft-like access to space.

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Reference design board offers customization options

September 27, 2013 11:41 am | Comments

The QorIQ Qonverge BSC9131 processor is a highly integrated device targeting evolving femto and enterprise-femto applications. The BSC9131 device combines Power e500 and StarCore SC3850 core technologies with MAPLE-B2F baseband acceleration processing, addressing the need for a high-performance, low-cost, integrated solution, that handles all the digital-baseband processing required for femtocells.

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Episode 26 bloopers: The dreaded Bloomberg report

September 26, 2013 3:24 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such a great sport!

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Engineering Update #26: Apple's latest security failure

September 26, 2013 1:53 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Skyworks Solutions. In this week's headlines: The security concerns about the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner appear to be legitimate with the first report of hackers beating the system.

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