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Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

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HotSpot: Don’t microwave your iPhone

September 30, 2014 4:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

A group of Internet pranksters known as 4-chan released an ad that suggested Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, was so advanced that you could "wave charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half"....

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Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

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Murata's robot cheerleaders

September 29, 2014 8:51 am | by Murata | Comments

Using the latest sensing and communication technologies, as well as advanced group control technology, the Murata Cheerleaders are the latest addition to Murata’s family of Robots. Unlike their predecessors, bicycle-riding MURATA BOY ...

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Engineering Update #77: A portable artificial kidney

September 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Because kidney failure can mean being attached to a non-mobile machine for three times a week for up to four hours at time, the wearable artificial kidney could offer a more normal lifestyle to those dealing with the condition. The 10 pound unit ...

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Hotspot: Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone flies indoors, and can perform acrobatic tricks, which are available on a free app. This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor....

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Engineering Newswire: The world's 'first' 3D-printed car

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

While the Strati isn’t the world’s first printed car, that doesn’t make Local Motor’s achievement at IMTS 2014 any less spectacular. They printed a car that only has 49 total parts in 44 hours, and it was drivable by the end of the show....

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Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Writing the script and video production

September 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

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Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices (On Demand)

September 10, 2014 10:23 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

In 2013, wearable devices began to take off in the consumer and medical industries, particularly with fitness and health tracking devices. Click on the start button above to check out the on-demand version of ECN’s Engineering Live....

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Don't like clickbait? Don't click

September 10, 2014 9:09 am | by TED | Comments

Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests that you don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad....

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Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Playing with Ninja Turtles

September 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

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Engineering Newswire 106: DOE wants to know if we live in a hologram

September 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has started collecting data to determine whether or not we live in a hologram. The researchers plan to take data to the ultimate degree, as they attempt to find a single pixel of our space....

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Engineering Update 74: Supersonic submarines could travel at speed of sound

September 4, 2014 2:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Modern nuclear submarines are capable of travelling over 25 knots (or 29 mph), and believe it or not, but underwater vessels used to travel much slower than this. But researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab have demonstrated the ability....

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Engineering Update Episode 73 Bloopers

August 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Digital Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update #73: A "smart skin" for planes

August 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

BAE systems has come up with a solution for monitoring planes by introducing their new “smart skin” concept. The idea is that the plane would be covered with sensors of different sizes ranging from a grain of rice to less than 1 millimeter squared....

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HotSpot: Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

August 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

A Canadian team has outlined the possible coping mechanisms that might be needed following loss or theft and the security problems that users might face. The researchers point out that the same anxieties apply equally to lost or stolen laptops, tablet computers and other digital devices....

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