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Engineering Newswire 41: New suits designed for 'space diving'

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 9:53am

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we're recognizing art with computers, skydiving from space, dancing with drones, and zapping your brain to improve your game.

This episode features:

• Falkor Systems, a New York-based robotics developer, has been working on autonomous flying robots that could fly alongside extreme athletes, shooting video of their activities, but the company's vision goes beyond putting GoPro out of business.The company recently augmented an AR Drone Quadcopter to take part in a modern dance performance with a human partner.

• Hi-tech inventors at Solar System Express and biotech designers Juxtopia are collaborating on a suit set to release in 2016, which will allow adrenaline junkies to space dive from up to 62 miles above the Earth's surface - at the very edge of space - and safely land using thruster boots instead of a parachute.

• Researchers at the University of California, Riverside were awarded a $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue developing face-recognition software to help identify unknown art subjects.

• The foc.us headset from Focus Labs has mind-boosting abilities that come from transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, a controversial practice that has been employed to treat chronic pain, prevent migraines, and even improve a person's math skills.

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