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Why you should enter the ECN IMPACT Awards

November 3, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Last year’s ECN IMPACT Awards were a grand old time. And this year’s show figures to be even better. Companies can go to ecnawards.com and submit their entries from now through January 15th. Eligible products and innovations include ...

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Engineering Live: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections (On Demand)

October 31, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

New research from Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years ...

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Engineering Newswire: Flying car transforms in seconds

October 31, 2014 9:03 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Yesterday, at the Pioneers Festival Austria AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup, unveiled a flying car. A concept that has been in the works for the past 25 years, the AeroMobil 3.0 can transform from a car to an airplane within seconds. Powered by a Rotax 912 engine ...

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Engineering Update #83: An exoskeleton for feeling virtual objects

October 30, 2014 8:33 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Back in the ‘80s, Nintendo released its infamous Power Glove, a rudimentary motion-sense device more famous for its brief appearance in a kitschy ‘80s flick than any real functionality. And since then — for better or worse — most hand motion-sense devices have been gloves....

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Meaghan's Minute: Ford Motor's pre-collision assist system

October 29, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Ford Motor’s new driver assist system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk ...

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Engineering Newswire: A hybrid flying yacht

October 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Swiss company Hydros SA is on a mission: to create the Hybrid 'Fly & Float' hydrofoil motorboat. The HY-X the prototype uses a retractable hydrofoil system developed in cooperation with French firm JMKoncept. With a simple push of a button, two side foils ...

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Engineering Update #82: A breakthrough for nuclear fusion

October 23, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Lockheed Martin is claiming a nuclear energy breakthrough that could create a portable reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck. And if all goes right, the compact fusion reactor could be ready in as little as 10 years, with the design, build, and testing ...

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HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

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Engineering Newswire: Industrial keyboard goes through the wringer

October 20, 2014 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Man and Machine introduced a new keyboard at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this year. Dubbed the, Really O’Cool, The keyboard has laser etched keys and a sealed silicon design. The company also offers optional features....

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Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

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Engineering Update 80: China’s hypersonic glide vehicle could evade US missile defense

October 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Pentagon recently announced that China has successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle which can evade US missile defense systems and deliver nuclear warheads before we have time to react. The missile delivery system, codenamed the WU-14 ...

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Engineering Newswire: The Navy's autonomous "swarming" boats

October 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Office of Naval Research has announced a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle to not only protect Navy ships, but also autonomously “swarm” hostile vessels. According to demonstrations, as many as 13 Navy boats ...

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Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone, and it’s not there ... almost like a piece of you is missing? Well, a San Francisco-based company called Aericam wants to produce this same feeling — only with mini quadcopter drones....

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HotSpot: Breaking Bad habits with shock therapy app

October 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: Whitbread PLC, the UK’s largest hotel group, is taking that same idea and applying it to its new hotel concept, "hub by Premier Inn," which will target major UK city centers such as London and Edinburgh. This particular inn ...

The life of a fighter jet mechanic

October 3, 2014 11:34 am | by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | Comments

Tools clang and the clock ticks as time narrows, several pairs of grease-stained boots can be seen darting back and forth beneath a lifeless fighter jet as Airmen work relentlessly to repair their bird for flight. Though the pressure appears prevalent ...

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