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HotSpot Episode 4: Leap Motion Control

March 19, 2013 4:49 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot: Leap, from Leap Motion, allows people to use their natural hand movements to control games, complete office tasks, paint, create 3D objects, and edit music and video, while sitting just a few inches from the screens of laptops and personal computers.

Engineering Newswire 29: 3D printers in vending machines

March 18, 2013 9:08 am | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee in the sky. A group of Berkeley students found it difficult to get quick delivery of 3D-printed creations from online vendors, so they developed the concept of creating a network of local, automated 3D-printing vending machines named Dreambox.


Engineering Update #6: Spidey's new suit, robotic cheetahs and stretchable power supplies

March 14, 2013 10:03 am | Comments

ECN's Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, takes a look at: a Spidey Sense suit. Researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago have found a way to replicate Spider-Man's superhuman powers of perception with a Spider Sense suit. Modeled after the Marvel comic book hero...


Practicalities of owning and driving an electric vehicle

March 14, 2013 9:12 am | Comments

The IET interviews Andrew Bissell an owner and driver of a Tesla, filmed at the University of Newcastle, UK, 3 May, 2012. This interview covers range anxiety, charging the car, why people should buy an electric vehicle and an owner's perspective on the drivers needed for mass adoption.


Intro to backplanes 2 full

March 13, 2013 4:18 pm | Comments

Tutorial video on backplanes for embedded computing systems from Pixus Technologies. Includes topics on VME, VME64x, AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and OpenVPX designs.


HotSpot Episode 3: Eye-tracking technology

March 13, 2013 9:34 am | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices,: Samsung is close to announcing its Galaxy S IV, which according to the New York Times, will feature software that tracks your eye movement. Overdrive Robotics' smartbot is a smartphone and robot in one.

Mars in a minute: Why is Curiosity looking for organics?

March 11, 2013 9:11 am | Comments

Has Mars ever had the right ingredients for life? What are organic molecules, and what can they tell us about the history of Mars? Learn more in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Earth's 'heartbeat' seen in clouds

March 7, 2013 4:26 pm | Comments

The height of clouds changes by up to 200m during a day under the influence of a global "electrical heartbeat" in the atmosphere.


Engineering Newswire 28: Titanic II will sink, if you put a hole in it

March 7, 2013 1:20 pm | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, we're building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that's necessary. This episode features...


HotSpot Episode 2: Wearable gesture control

March 5, 2013 9:43 am | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot: Thalmic Labs has introduced its wearable gesture-controlled arm band -- Myo, which is capable of measuring electrical activity in muscle movements instantly, providing a seamless way to wirelessly control video games, phones, and other digital devices.


Engineering Newswire 27: Hovering hummingbirds lead to new UAVs

March 4, 2013 9:46 am | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, Brought to you by PTC, we're building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, and developing flexible electronics that read your brain. This episode features....


The economic impact of a war between Japan & China

March 1, 2013 9:01 am | Comments

A major conflict between the region's two largest economies would not only impose a harsh dilemma on U.S. diplomats, but also have a significant impact on the entire global economy. It is in every nation's best interest that the Chinese and Japanese settle their territorial dispute peacefully.


Engineering Update #5: Robotic cockroaches, lightsabers, a 3D wearable mouse, and Google Glass

February 28, 2013 9:20 am | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics ( Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying cockroaches in order to advance robotic technology. A 3D wearable, wireless, thumb-activated, space recognition, Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy protocol mouse called Mycestro.


The micro/nano-satellite revolution

February 21, 2013 9:24 am | Comments

Craig Underwood of Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, gives his talk titled 'The Micro/Nano-Satellite Revolution'. Recorded at NPL on 19 February 2013.


How to calibrate a calibrator

February 19, 2013 1:01 pm | Comments

Les Thomaidis shows and explains the calibration rack at the Agilent Melbourne Standards Lab that is used to "calibrate the calibrators". This is where other calibration labs send their multimeter and oscilloscope calibrators to get calibrated.



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