Engineering Newswire 32: Ben Heck, and the iWorm straps to your back

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:48pm

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, we're building an internal suspension system for your brain, designing an endoscope as thin as a hair, and using a worm to go hands free. This week we welcome Ben Heck to the Engineering Newswire as we feature:

- Lantos Technologies has created a digital ear scanner that can create an accurate model of the ear canal. Using a tiny camera and thousands of pictures, this device allows for cheaper and better fit hearing aids.

- Silicon Valley Tech firms want their workers at work, so they're adding a few workplace perks to recruit and retain top talent, and to help spark innovation and creativity.

- A team of engineers at Stanford have built an endoscope no thicker than a human hair, which as you may know is the standard unit of measurement for all small things.

- The iWorm is the brain child of Jeffrey Gu who recently turned to crowdsourcing site Kickstarter to secure funding. This new utensil is a harness that holds a tablet PC or eReader in front of you at the best distance and angle for your eyes.

- The ATR-1 helmet from 6D uses a series of elastomer shock absorbers to handle small hits, while still providing adequate protection against the big ones.

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