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Photos of the Day: eVe — Australia's record-breaking solar-powered car

July 31, 2014 2:31 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The eVe, from the Sunswift project, a group of students from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has officially broken the world speed record for an electric vehicle. The Sunswift vehicle averaged 62 mph over 311 miles at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria....

 

Photos of the Day: The PD-100 Black Hornet pocket helicopter

July 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox...

Photos of the Day: Giant robotic creature is 14-feet tall

July 24, 2014 8:44 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians...

Photos of the Day: Homeland Security's robotic tuna

July 15, 2014 10:23 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh...

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Photos of the Day: The Navy’s robo-tuna

July 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s robo-tuna, designed by Boston Engineering, is a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This "biometric" autonomous vehicle moves just like a fish, flipping its tail to propel itself....

Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' quadcopter to lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. Starting from scratch for the eight-month project, the Dropter team was challenged to produce vision-based navigation and hazard detection and avoidance for the dropship....

Photos of the Day: A dragon motorcycle

July 7, 2014 12:54 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Orange County Choppers (OCC) partnered with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon. It includes a 3D-printed head, tail, and spikes made out of PC-ABS. The body, arms, and legs were machined out of a high density foam....

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Photos of the Day: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 2:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Clever Buoy emits sonar into the surrounding water, and a processor in the buoy analyzes the signals, searching for shark-like signatures. The device is able to distinguish between sharks and friendlier animals like dolphins by analyzing how the object moves through the water....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

Photos of the Day: Flying saucer lands safely

June 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This test was the first of three planned for the LDSD project, developed to evaluate new landing technologies for future Mars missions. While this initial test was designed to determine the flying ability of the vehicle, it also deployed two new landing technologies as a bonus....

Photos of the Day: Woman or machine?

June 26, 2014 8:39 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion. Otonaroid and Kodomoroidwill act as guides at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation....

Photos of the Day: The F-35B VTOL aircraft

June 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35B, intended for the Marines, follows in the tradition of other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the most famous being the British Harrier Jump Jet. With the ability to take off from a short — or nonexistent — ramp, VTOL systems like the F-35B offer a degree of flexibility to military planners....

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Photos of the Day: Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle

June 20, 2014 2:47 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Innovation, meet heritage. Today, Harley-Davidson reveals Project LiveWire – the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle. In keeping with the company's customer-led product development approach, starting next week select consumers across the country will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike....

Photos of the Day: Building a chocolate drone

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An intrepid DIYer built a quadcopter made of at least 40% chocolate. The best part is: This chocodrone actually flies! The unnamed artiste filmed the creation process – and the ensuing flight – using a GoPro Hero 3. She coats the wings in a thick layer of cocoa and uses molded chocolate for the lower frame....

Photos of the Day: Robocop was 3D-printed

June 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Using Stratasys' high resolution Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, Legacy Effects produced every aspect of the RoboCop suit - from helmet, to boots - as master mold patterns. These pieces were then molded and cast into ...

Photos of the Day: Inside the Space Station's Destiny Laboratory

June 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This view in the International Space Station, photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member, shows how it looks inside the space station while the crew is asleep. The dots near the hatch point to a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station in case the crew was to encounter an emergency....

Photos of the Day: SID Display Week 2014

June 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

SID Display Week is the industry’s annual celebration of all things optoelectronics, and this year the wagon train rolled in to sunny San Diego. (I was suffering. Seriously.) Here’s a handful of highlights from SID 2014, including a laptop utilizing QDEF quantum dot technology, Color IQ TVs, and E-Ink applications....

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Photos of the Day: Porsche 918 Spyder

June 5, 2014 11:37 am | by Porsche | Blogs | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a high-end vehicle created in the Porsche tradition of motorsports. It offers a naturally aspirated V8-enginer with the torque of two electric vehicles. It has a top speed of 93-mph running soley on electric and offers a fuel consumption of 3.1 - 3.0 liters per 100km. 

Photos of the Day: This flying car will hit the sky in 2016

June 4, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Terrafugia, a company whose name comes from the latin for "Escape the Earth," has been developing a street-legal airplane. If you'll stop to think for a minute, a street-legal airplane is a flying car. This company is making a flying car. They've promised it will hit the market in 2016. The first prototype the company offered was called The Transition, which runs on premium unleaded automotive gas.

Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 takes flight

June 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Solar Impulse | Blogs | Comments

Solar Impulse 2, a.k.a. the "Round-the-World" solar airplane, is a single-seater airplane made from carbon fiber with 17,000 solar cells that supple four electric 17.5 CV (each) with energy. Those solar cells recharge the lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night.

Photos of the Day: ISEE-3 Reboot project breathes life into 1978 NASA mission

June 2, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Blogs | Comments

The ISEE-3 Reboot project has brought together a group of civilians and engineers from NASA with the joint goal of rebooting the original 1978 mission of the explorer. The spacecraft was launched on August 12, 1978 as one of three crafts designed to study Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind. It was the first craft to visit a comet, passing within 7,800 km of the nucleus of Comet Giacobini-Zinner.

Photos of the Day: Super-maglev train could reach 1,800 mph

June 2, 2014 9:12 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers in China have successfully completed testing of the first manned megathermal superconducting maglev loop, which could lead to maglev trains capable of reaching 1,800 miles per hour. Proposed by the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory of Southwest Jiaotong University, the super-maglev uses the same concept as Elon Musk's Hyperloop....

Photos of the Day: The Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Archimedes tech firm has designed a wind turbine based on the real (Ancient Greek Mathmetician) Archimedes’ screw pump design. Its design allegedly reduces the noise associated with traditional wind turbines. It also supposedly has an energy yield that is “80 percent of the maximum that’s possible,” which compares favorably to the conventional 25-50% of most turbines....

Photos of the Day: Google's self-driving car with no steering wheel

May 28, 2014 1:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Google has been working on a self-driving that won’t include a steering wheel and, eventually, any sort of pedals. While the car won’t initially be sold publicly, Google announced on Tuesday that it hopes to have 100 prototypes on public roads by next year....

Photos of the Day: An Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces

May 27, 2014 3:05 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Taking a cue from comic books, the U.S. military has been developing an exoskeleton that looks suspiciously like Iron Man. The armor is known as the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), and the team is supposedly turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local "garage tinkerers" for help....

Photos of the Day: The small UAV trend

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have transformed warfare as we know it. One of the biggest trends is the idea of light or small UAVs, including AAI Corporation’s RQ-7 Shadow, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven, and the Desert Hawk....

Photos of the Day: Martian flying saucer preps for flight test

May 21, 2014 8:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. This experimental flight test is designed to investigate breakthrough technologies that will benefit future Mars missions, including those involving human exploration....

Photos of the Day: "Glorious Leader!" satirizes North Korea with unicorns and Dennis Rodman

May 20, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Remember when North Korea’s “Glorious Leader”, Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly defeated the entire United States with help from Dennis Rodman and unicorns? Yeah, me neither, but this brilliant satire does. And it sprung from the most unlikely source — the video game world....

Photos of the Day: The R-Bat unmanned helicopter system

May 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Rotary Bat is an unmanned helicopter system that combines Northrop Grumman's autonomous control systems with Yamaha Motor's RMAX remotely-piloted helicopter. The R-Bat is a medium altitude, multi-mission unmanned aircraft system, with a payload of 3.2 cubic feet, and it launches from a pneumatic/hydraulic rail launcher....

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