Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we're building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. To help test the durability of hazmat suits, Boston Dynamics has unveiled its PETMAN...
This week on Engineering Update from ECN, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, Mobile 3-D, Without the Glasses; Capturing Energy From Waste Heat; New Lightweight Electric Car; and Longer-Lasting Batteries, and Charging Phones Without Electricity ...
Libelium has released a new generation of autonomous 3G sensors equipped with video cameras that enable the development of new security, surveillance, and military applications on Waspmote, the wireless sensor network platform for the Internet of Things.
Obama proposed Wednesday spending nearly $35 million in his 2014 budget to refurbish a satellite, nicknamed GoreSat by critics, that's been sitting in storage after it was shelved in 2001, months after Bush took office. It cost about $100 million by then with NASA's internal auditors faulting its cost increases.
Inspired by the flight of the Dragonfly, the BionicOpter is ultra-light and can fly in all directions. With the ability to move each of its wings separately, it can also slow down, turn quickly, accelerate, and fly backwards. For the first time, a single aircraft can achieve the motion of the helicopter, plane, and glider.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a recent Kickstarter campaign, MiiPC, allows parents to monitor and control what their kids are doing online; a new release by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office might just provide a glimpse of the future of Apple's...
Following a three-year competition, NASA has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT for a planned launch in 2017. The space agency announced the mission — to be funded by a $200 million grant to the MIT-led team — this afternoon.
The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re building an internal suspension system for your brain, designing an endoscope as thin as a hair, and using a worm to go hands-free.
Can worldwide communication ever be fully secure? Quantum physicists believe they can provide secret keys using quantum cryptography via satellite. Unlike communication based on classical bits, quantum cryptography employs the quantum states of single light quanta (photons) for the exchange of data.
This week on Wdd’s HotSpot, DJI’s new GPS equipped Phantom makes one nifty little radio-controlled aircraft; digital music performer, Omni Infinity, creates a guitar-shaped prototype that houses a smartphone for wireless touchscreen control of music and art software on a remote computer...
In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're talking about self-healing, laser resistant chips, New York City's new interactive, touchscreen subway maps, and BMW and Continental's new project into developing "co-pilot" driving technology.
A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. They'll help police departments find missing people ...
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. The University of Cambridge has unveiled Zoe, a virtual talking head that is capable of expressing lifelike facial expressions.
Before that can become reality, the Federal Aviation Administration last month put out a call to test fly drones at half a dozen to-be-determined sites before they can share the same space as commercial jetliners, small aircraft and helicopters.
For most of its existence, the U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could be termed the fishbowl agency. Unlike the Department of Defense or nuclear-related branches of the Department of Energy, virtually everything NASA did, built, or planned has been publicly available to anybody who asked.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Green Peak’s Open Smart Home Framework connects the ZigBee network to the Internet; Rapyuta allows robot’s data-processing functions to be performed in the cloud; Fujitsu and IT/Logistics’ Kidtrack help keep track of kids who take the bus...
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re testing experimental grasshopper rockets, making smooth jazz on the seaboard, and making the Sphero do everything.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company, and a fully reusable rocket.
Curiosity remained in contact with ground controllers, but it can't zap rocks, snap pictures or roam around until the problem is fixed. Rover team members had expected to resume activities Monday, but they now have to wait a bit longer — perhaps until the end of the week.
This week on WDD's HotSpot, Neurowear has adapted its brainwave-reading technology to create Micro Headphones; the newly EU-funded Mindwalker project is routing brain signals directly to a robotic exoskeleton; Qualcomm is putting wireless charging platforms through real-world tests...
In this episode of Engineering Update, Spiderman gets a new suit; Thimble Bioelectronics creates a portable pain patch; and MIT develops a running cheetah robot; and Scientists at Northwestern University create a stretchy silicone elastomer.
This year, though, chatter focused on hardware rather than software, and on big ideas rather than coming out parties. The most-used mobile app was the festival's own application, which helped attendees keep track of South By Southwest's barrage of panels, talks, meet-ups and parties.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee, in the sky.
This week on WDD's Hotspot, Samsung's new Galaxy S IV will feature eye-tracking technology; Overdrive Robotics' smartbot is a smartphone and robot in one; LIFEBeam engineers create heart rate-monitoring SMART bicycle helmet; and Thimble Bioelectronics provides portable pain relief.