Engineering Update #10: Smart home robots & the printable bionic ear

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:20am

This episode of Engineering Update from ECN is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines:

· Easy LEDs: A recent project to light up Kickstarter are the Klauf Light Bars. The portable LED strips come in 6 and 12 inch lengths, and can be arranged and connected in reaching up to 15 feet in total length.

· Portable, Large-Scale 3D Scanning: A new 3D scanner called the Go!Scan from Creaform is 10 times faster than other similar devices, and is completely portable.

· Smart Home Robots: Honda has recently announced that it is teaming up with Japan's Sekisui to design model households using smart technologies. So far, the robotics program has created humanoid robots and a personal mobility vehicle.

· A Printable Bionic Ear:  An exciting new project developed by scientists at Princeton University has succeeded in producing a functional "super-ear" by using off-the-shelf printing tools and electrical components.

· Charging Phones With Pedal Power : The Siva Cycle Atom is a mountable device that uses manual energy produced through bike pedaling to charge a smartphone.

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