This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines:
· A Beer-Pouring Robot: Computer scientists at Cornell are in the process of producing a robot with anticipatory cognitive abilities. They've programmed a PR-2 robot to accomplish typical robotic tasks, as well as the ability to pour you a drink... and anticipate when you want another.
· Making Robots ... Softer: Portable Chargers For Soldiers: The new field of study known as soft robotics is finding its inspiration from invertebrates. Now, a new kind of hydrogel that flexes in response to light may make these kinds of robots possible.
· Portable Chargers For Soldiers: The US Army has developed a military-grade Universal Battery Charger designed to be a lighter, wearable battery that could be integrated into the soldier's uniform, potentially turning each cargo pocket into a charging station.
· Google Takes A Shot At Wind Power: Google and Makani Power are developing an AWT designed to fly at altitudes of up to 1,950 ft., while transmitting electricity to the ground through a tether.
· Pills and Tattoos Replacing Passwords: Google is currently funding research with Motorola for developing electronic tattoos and authentication pills. The stretchy silicon tattoo and pill capsule work with your body as an authentication device.