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Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

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Engineering Live: AC vs. DC (On Demand)

July 29, 2014 3:54 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

In the old war of currents between Edison and Tesla, Tesla’s alternating current proved to be the winner in grid distribution. We wonder if it will prevail when it comes to local and regional distribution. The new distribution extends deeper than the power grid....

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The Pulse: Reading minds with Google Glass and walking with Toyota

July 29, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we're using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair....

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Hotspot: Talking to Mars with commercial orbiting satellites

July 28, 2014 12:58 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to Mars. By developing new business models for commercial and government partnerships, NASA is hoping to broaden the participation in exploring Mars....

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Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader car built on a Corvette chassis

July 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Mattel’s Hot Wheels is coming out with a new line of cars: Star Wars. And what better way to unveil the new line than with a full-sized, fully operational Vader car at this year’s Comic Con? The Vader car was built atop a C5 Corvette chassis, and it mimics its smaller counterpart perfectly....

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Omron's XF3M connector

July 21, 2014 11:56 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

ECN Editor-in-Chief David Mantey discusses Omron's connector, the XF3M, which offers performance enhancements over traditional types. Includes a compact body with a low profile of just 0.9mm supports the applicable FPC thickness of 0.2 mm....

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Hotspot: Unmanned submarine sets sail for testing

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company ...

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Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...               

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Bluetooth 4.1 module helps engineers add low-energy connectivity

July 15, 2014 3:11 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, editor-in-chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Dave Richkas to discuss their latest products and technologies. One of the products announced from the show includes Microchip’s first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module....

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HotSpot: Paint-on skin for concrete structures

July 14, 2014 3:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland have developed new "sensing skin" technology designed to serve as an early warning system for concrete structures, allowing authorities to respond quickly to damage in everything from nuclear facilities to bridges....

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Low-power microcontroller with increased IoT security

July 14, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, Editor-in-Chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Alexis Alcott to discuss the expansion of their eXtreme Low Power PIC microcontrollers with the PIC24F “GB2” family. This new family features an integrated hardware crypto engine....

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Kasey's Korner: Removing toxic materials from batteries

July 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Though lithium-ion batteries have a lot to offer, they also have some issues-- including using toxic elements that are rare and difficult to work with. But they may be the future of portable electronics batteries, so it’s vital that researchers find another way of creating the batteries.

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Engineering Newswire: Airbus details windowless cockpit of the future

July 11, 2014 9:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

A new patent from Airbus has recently been released detailing an aircraft with a cockpit including a viewing surface for piloting which is at least particularly virtual. This virtual surface would most likely be an OLED screen, and may include the use of holograms....

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Kasey's Korner: This 3D-printed material will replace Balsa wood

July 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

When it comes to materials, high density usually equals high strength, while light low density materials are generally pretty fragile. However researchers at Harvard were able to 3D print a composite material using epoxy resin that they claim is even better than Balsa wood, generally revered for its lightweight, but strong properties.

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Want to innovate? Become a "Now-ist"

July 9, 2014 1:59 pm | by TED | Comments

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly....

The Grim Reaper drone prank

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | Comments

Tom Mabe is a notorious internet prankster specializing in hidden camera pranks and telemarketer prank calls. In this video, he manages to scare the bejesus out of unwitting bystanders with what appears to be the Grim Reaper, the living embodiment of Death. How did he do it? Watch to find out....

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