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Engineering Update #36: Amazon's new drone delivery system

December 5, 2013 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

If you're already signed up for Amazon prime for its next-day delivery, you might want to get onboard the drone trend since Amazon says that's the next big thing in sales. The drones would be capable of carrying packages and orders under 5 pounds to any site within 10 miles of a fulfillment center.

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Engineering Update #35: The E-Volocopter and Spark-Renault's Formula E race car

November 27, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This episode is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Spark-Renault debuts the Formula E car: The all-electric Formula racer by Spark-Renault will soon begin racing in 2014. The 18-rotor electric Volocopter: E-volo's Volocopter resembles a quadcopter with 18-rotors.

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Episode 34 Bloopers: You're a long sentence!

November 22, 2013 8:38 am | 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 #34: The world's fastest jet luge

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Welcome to Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics (http://www.mouser.com). I'm Kasey Panetta, managing editor of ECN. In this weeks episode: Daz Fellows has a custom jet luge, which features twin-turbines with a combined output of 537 pounds of thrust and a custom board made from carbon fiber, and next year, he will attempt to reach a speed of 300 mph.

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Engineering Newswire 65: Efficient batteries go viral

November 21, 2013 9:03 am | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're launching drones from tiny boats, recycling shower water, using sensors to prevent serious brain injuries, and making batteries more efficient by going viral. Typically, distance per charge is the biggest complaint and fear of those driving electric vehicles. Now, MIT researchers have started using genetically modified viruses to help the situation.

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Engineering Update #33: BearTek wireless gloves and Hirobo's unmanned helicopter

November 14, 2013 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Hirobo's HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter: Japan's HX-1 from Hirobo is a personal manned BIT electric micro helicopter.

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World's first 3D-printed metal gun

November 12, 2013 10:58 am | Comments

Introducing metal 3D printing to the world as a viable solution for fully functional firearm prototypes. At http://www.solidconcepts.com, you can learn more about the reliability, usability, durability and accuracy of DMLS as a functioning prototype or product, and this gun is a successful demonstration of each of those attributes.

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Engineering Newswire 64: New hypersonic jet strikes anywhere in less than an hour

November 11, 2013 1:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Son of Blackbird: Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has recently revealed its plans for a hypersonic aircraft that will go twice the speed of the SR-71. The SR-72 twin-engine aircraft is expected to travel at Mach 6, with the ability to strike targets. At this speed, no enemy would have time to react or hide.

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Engineering Update #32: The world's fastest civilian aircraft

November 7, 2013 11:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

The Cessna citation X was recently confirmed by the FAA as the fastest civilian aircraft in the world blowing past the current record holder, the Gulfstream G650 at a speed of mach .935 to the Gulfstreams unimpressive Mach .925. On the other side of the speed scale, the town of Milton-Keynes in England is replacing its public buses with a pod system that will rocket passengers around the city at a whiplash-inducing 12 mph.

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Human touch makes robots smarter: On learning context-driven user preferences

November 6, 2013 3:05 pm | Comments

In this video, the robot does not know how to move a knife safely and learns through Interactive zero-G and tablet touch user interaction on Baxter for grocery checkout application. With high degree-of-freedom manipulators, one needs to find a trajectory that is not only valid from a geometric point-of-view (i.e., feasible and obstacle-free, the criterion that most existing planners focus on), but also satisfy the user's preferences.

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Kickstarter of the Week: This sensor hacks your home

November 5, 2013 8:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are hacking our home with Neurio, a new home automation system from Energy Aware Technology. Neurio is seeking funding on Kickstarter and hoping to change the way we interact with our homes by making our ordinary appliances smarter.

Engineering Newswire 63: Space glider skids off runway

November 1, 2013 9:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're keeping things cool with a microwave, walking the walk with bipedal robots, solving traffic jam mysteries, and skidding off the runway with a space glider. This week's episode features: Space Glider Skids: Sierra Nevada recently conducted the first free-flight approach-and-landing test of the company's Dream Chaser spacecraft, but things didn't end smoothly.

Engineering Update #31: A 5kW handheld laser torch and the Lexus portrait painter

October 31, 2013 1:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this week's headlines: TWI develops a handheld 5kW laser torch: The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has developed a powerful laser projector that resembles a rifle. Lexus creates a portrait painting system: Lexus has turned the art of automobiles into a reality with the Art is Motion system.

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Engineering Newswire 62: Shock your boss with a cell phone taser

October 29, 2013 12:02 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey. This episode features....

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Omron DC Power Relays

October 28, 2013 2:50 pm | Comments

Since the birth of the relay industry in 1960, Omron has continued to produce leading-edge relays to meet customer needs. DC power relays are a new range of products developed for applications such as clean energy vehicles and storage batteries for homes, in response to the rapidly growing trend in many different fields to use renewable energy and reduce CO2 emissions.

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