Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we're wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer's dream and an engineer's nightmare. This episode features:
-- A University of Bielefeld research team, who is developing a bartending robot. The robot, James, which stands for Joint Action in Multimodal Embedded Systems, features a tablet-computer head that displays big, comic-style eyes.
-- Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, developed algorithms that read electrical activity, in the brain, and translate it, into movement.
-- Phonebloks is a design concept from Dutch designer Dave Hakkens. The concept presents a new take on cell phone structure and presents a modular design that has some potential.
-- Textron AirLand has unveiled its Scorpion prototype, a versatile intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strike aircraft platform.