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Engineering Update #106: An electric vehicle designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

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Engineering Update #107: The first 3D-printed, battery powered rocket

April 22, 2015 12:53 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

A month ago, we discussed the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine from Australia’s Monash University. Not to be outdone, a Lockheed Martin-funded startup has created a rocket that is not only 3D-printed but which uses batteries instead of traditional fuel....

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HotSpot Episode: High-tech armor monitors damage to combatant

April 14, 2015 9:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Comments

Sydney-based startup Unified Weapons Master (UWM) is developing a full-contact weapons-based fighting competition that uses extremely high-tech suits of armor to protect the combatants while providing real-time updates on how badly ...

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Engineering Newswire: TRON lightcycle breaks out of the system

April 10, 2015 9:17 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Comments

RM Sotheby’s, a collector car auction house, will be auctioning off a real-life TRON lightcycle that is being touted as a work of mobile art. The custom electric vehicle was built for RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection, which features a lineup of 75 cars....

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Human Vision Components include ten different sensing functions

April 6, 2015 1:28 pm | Comments

The Human Vision Components (HVC) incorporates 10 algorithms of the OKAO Vision Image Sensing Technology, including Face Recognition, Expression Estimation and Hand Detection, to recognize the conditions of people. Information on people's conditions ...

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Engineering Newswire: Robot takes a pounding in dodgeball barrage

April 2, 2015 12:07 pm | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Comments

The bipedal ATRIAS robot can hand the assault like a pro without stopping or falling over. Developed at Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory, the ATRIAS design is based around two pogo-stick like legs that provide the robot ...

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Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

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Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space?

March 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

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Engineering Update #103: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

Now here’s a weapon I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen more at the local multiplex than in someone’s backyard. Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market.”

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MDT Live: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare (Now on Demand)

March 24, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries including healthcare. It can be readily used for prototyping and parts manufacture, but stands to make a much bigger impact. As a medical technology, it provides solutions for custom ...

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HotSpot: A new app that animates your life

March 23, 2015 4:19 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Comments

Plotagon is a new app that allows users to animate their lives. You can choose from a variety of scenes and characters to create your very own cartoon series. You also have the option to customize a character to look like you! You can use animated videos for presentations ...

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Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof laptop bag could save your life

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Comments

If you need to stop speeding projectiles but bulletproof vests are just too bulky, maybe a bulletproof laptop bag is the next best thing. The MTS Multi-Threat Shield by Force Training Institute should have you covered, literally. It’s a three-foot ballistic shield ...

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Engineering Update #102: Goodyear's electricity generating tire

March 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

We’ve all heard of regenerative-braking, where kinetic energy from brakes is captured and returned to the vehicle’s batteries. Most of the popular hybrid and pure electric vehicles like the Prius, Tesla Roadster, and Chevy Volt use some form of regenerative breaking....

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Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM? (On Demand)

March 18, 2015 8:11 am | Comments

In our latest Engineering Live discussion focused on How Do We Get Kids into STEM?, we discussed how to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Engineering Newswire: Elio unveils engine prototype for 3-wheel, 84 MPG car

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Comments

The tiny 3 wheeled Elio has a projected top speed of more than 100 mph, and a goal of up to 84 mpg. Now, the company has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype. And with the goal of ...

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Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

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