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The IoT Uplink: Connecting with a $12 billion technology

July 11, 2014 | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration....

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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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Kasey's Korner: This material can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight

July 9, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

MIT engineers have created a new material that can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight. The material uses micro lattices with nanoscale features for a material that offers great strength with ultra low density. The researchers utilized a high-precision 3d printing process called projection micro stereolithography to create a material that is 400 times stronger than an object of similar density.

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Kasey's Korner: This material could change solar cell history

July 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

While solar cells offer a great opportunity for alternative energy, they also contain cadmium chloride, which is a toxic substance. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary substance that greatly improves solar efficiency in the panel materials allowing for a conversion efficiency of over 15 percent.

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Kasey's Korner: Forget steel, try ice and sawdust

July 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Pykrete, a material made of ice and sawdust, was first introduced by British inventor Geoffrey Pyke during World War II as a solution to the steel shortage.

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The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

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Engineering Live: AC vs. DC

July 1, 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....

IMS2014: Driverless and talking cars – New technology transforms the way we travel

July 1, 2014 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Back in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its intent to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. To help provide us with some insight on this topic, we talked to several experts at IMS2014....

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HotSpot: Sensors Expo and IPSO Challenge 2014 Winners

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention. It’s not a recognized winner, but HotSpot typically has four hot spots so we couldn’t leave it at the three winners. That’d just be bonkers. Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game....

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The Internet of Things takes over Illinois

June 30, 2014 4:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Sensors Expo & Conference is one of the largest events to pull in sensor pros from across North America. This year, the event was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois, where everyone was talking about everything from the ever-elusive internet of things ...

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Engineering Newswire: The most advanced autonomous vehicle ever designed

June 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

This week, in Washington D.C.,  Carnegie Mellon University researchers will demonstrate one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. A vehicle capable of navigating on urban roads and highways without human intervention....

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Engineering Update #64: Japan's stealth fighter

June 26, 2014 11:19 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Once Japan realized the United States wasn't going to sell any of its F-22 raptor steal air superiority fighters, the Japanese government began funding their own project. The idea was to create an aircraft whose purpose would be two fold. The plane would serve as a showcase for Japan's latest military technologies....

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