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Engineering Newswire: Snake robot enables automated aircraft wing assembly

May 9, 2014 8:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Thanks to a snake-like robot produced by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, automated aircraft wing assembly may be in the near future. Until now, aircraft assembly has involved a high proportion of manual processes, which limits production output....

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Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

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Neuron UCAV, Rafale Fighter, & Falcon 7X Business Jet formation flight

May 5, 2014 11:49 pm | Comments

On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. This was the first time in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft....

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Engineering Newswire: Experimental electric plane takes first flight

May 2, 2014 7:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

The electric E-Fan experimental aircraft performed its first successful public flight last week and served as the highlight of Airbus Group's — that's the old EADS — E-Aircraft Day in France. An electrical energy management system, or e-FADEC, is integrated into the aircraft....

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Engineering Update #56: Building an interstellar Noah's Ark

May 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

UK scientists are busy developing a self-sustaining, bioorganic spacecraft described as an Interstellar Noah's Ark. And while this ark won't carry two of every animal, and none of the scientists involved in the project will live to see it completed, "Project Persephone," as they're calling it, could ensure the survival of humanity....

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Exploring the streets with K-Glass, a new augmented reality

April 29, 2014 10:59 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) | Comments

Walking around the streets searching for a place to eat will be no hassle when a head-mounted display (HMD) becomes affordable and ubiquitous. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed K-Glass, a wearable, hands-free HMD....

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The fall of capitalism and the Internet of Things

April 29, 2014 8:26 am | by Big Think | Comments

We are just beginning to glimpse the bare outlines of an emerging new economic system, the collaborative commons. This is the first new economic paradigm to emerge on the world scene since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century....

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Engineering Newswire 87: Combat drone flies with twin fighter & business jet

April 28, 2014 9:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a first of its kind formation flight, including a nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle, a Rafale twin-engine fighter, and a Falcon 7X business jet. The occasion marks the first time in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft....

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Engineering Update Episode 55 bloopers

April 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | 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 Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

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Engineering Newswire: HeliCat looks like copter, drives like boat

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

The HeliCat 22 is great for stable & safe, fun, fast, economical and practical water travel. It features two independent motor/fuel/electrical systems for redundancy, and can travel up to 20 to 30 miles per hour in whitecap waves at 5 miles per gallon, which is impossible with other boats....

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Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but to deal with the latter, NASA is currently testing its own prototype for a hypersonic flying saucer....

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Hotspot: Remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. The dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank....

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Driverless and talking cars: New technology transforms the way we travel

April 16, 2014 8:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This year at IMS 2014, Wireless Design and Development (WDD) will be hosting a live, panel discussion on Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel. Recently, the U.S. government made a push to incorporate wireless communication technologies in future car designs....

Engineering Newswire: Disposable drones printed for cheap spying

April 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

At the University of Sheffield, engineers are 3D printing unmanned aircraft. The thought is that production costs could be low enough that this would lead to disposable UAVs to be sent on one-way flights for delivery, search, or reconnaissance purposes....

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