Engineering Newswire 60: Hyundai builds zombie survival machine, preps for apocalypse

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 1:23pm

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're being chased down by animal-like robots, designing a zombie survival machine, breaking the women's land speed record, and using gems to better breathalyzers. This episode features:

• At this year's Comic-Con in New York, Hyundai will bring a fan-designed Zombie survival machine to life. Arizona-based Anson Kuo's Sante Fe design was picked out of more than 82,500 fan submissions.

• Boston Dynamics has unveiled WildCat, a robot that can run up to 16 mph on flat terrain, using both bounding and galloping gaits.

• Italian researchers have developed a novel concept that uses opal, a type of gemstone, for an inexpensive, portable breathalyzer that changes from green to red for booze detection.

• Jessi Combs, an automotive metal fabricator and TV host for All Girls Garage and AutoBlog, has broken the women's land speed on Tuesday, reaching an average two-way speed of 344 mph.

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