The Boeing X-51A WaveRider unmanned hypersonic vehicle has achieved the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered hypersonic flight in history. Last summer, an infestation took control of the Harvard robotics laboratory. The situation posed no need to call an exterminator, for this demonstration featured the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot inspired by the biology of a fly.
This episode of Engineering Update from ECN is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: Honda has recently announced that it is teaming up with Japan's Sekisui to design model households using smart technologies. So far, the robotics program has created humanoid robots and a personal mobility vehicle.
The new fast-charging system from Volvo and Siemens is cutting recharge times in electric vehicles down to 90 minutes. The new 22 kilowatt fast-charger system is an on-board charger that operates on a 3-phase supply, and uses a 3-phase outlet to provide enough charge for a range of 102 miles in 90 minutes.
With 160 confirmed kills, Chris Kyle is one of the most prolific snipers in American history. The best-selling author of American Sniper was recently killed on a shooting range by a fellow vet, and Kyle's wife graciously donated his sniper rifle to NVision for them to scan for a project.
TriggerSmart has developed and patented a user-unique Childproof RFID Smart Gun. Basically, only the authorized user can fire the weapon, and the gun is harmless in the hands of a child or an intruder in the home. This video demonstrates their technology.
This week on WDD's HotSpot: Kohler announces Numi, a feature-packed toilet that makes the bathroom the place to be. With a Bluetooth receiver that allows users to directly stream their music from a smartphone, the porcelain throne also features an SD card....
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: A new device named Pinoccio is a socially-adept networking tool designed with the Internet of Things in mind. The microcontroller allows engineers to connect their own handmade devices to the internet as well as other devices in the home.
With a wave of your hand, MYO will transform how you interact with your digital world. The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we're writing with fire, practicing with the Webb telescope, and writing emails with a guitar. This episode features...
On this edition of the CNET update, the Navy plans to put the first laser weapon on a ship, the Galaxy Note 8 rivals the iPad Mini, and Starbucks offers a new way to get iTunes freebies. Check out more here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-33692_3-57578725-305/u.s-navy-uses-laser-to-take-down-drone/
A unique pair of eyeglasses developed by a Florida International Univ. (FIU) student team could revolutionize the lives of the blind, enabling them to walk into a library or a store, pick up any book or a can of soup and read it. The Eyetalk concept, initially conceived for a student competition in social entrepreneurship...
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we're building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. To help test the durability of hazmat suits, Boston Dynamics has unveiled its PETMAN (or Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin) robot, which can perform rigorous tests like running, jumping, crawling, crouching, and crawling.
A new screen protector from Nanovue, called the EyeFly, gives mobile devices a glasses-free 3D display. Made out of a thin, transparent film, the nano-engineered EyeFly is essentially a piece of plastic film with thousands of finite lenses on the surface that use nano-imprinting technology.
A new release by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office might just provide a glimpse of the future of Apple's popular iPhone handset. The product detailed in the patent, features a flexible AMOLED display "rolled up" and placed inside a conical transparent enclosure.
Navy Laser Weapon System (LaWS) PR Video describes the history and capabilities of their new shipboard laser. It's a bit cheesy and a bit '80s (not that that's a bad thing), but it's very informative. Successful test events at China Lake and San Nicholas Island.