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Engineering Newswire 31: Superdome Fiasco, Relay to Blame

March 28, 2013 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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.

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Fingernail Display Technology for Future Touch Screens

March 27, 2013 10:38 am | by Thomas Reuters | Comments

Researchers in Taiwan are developing a remote control system that will turn finger-nails into mini-display screens. Using wirelessly-enabled, light emitting diodes, the team says the technology could revolutionise the way we control and use devices such as smart phones and tablets. Ben Gruber reports.

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Virtual Choir Live

March 26, 2013 10:37 am | by TED Talk | Comments

Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries spliced together on video. Now, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir.

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HotSpot Episode 5: Robo Cloud

March 25, 2013 10:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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...

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The Internet Could Crash. We Need a Plan B

March 22, 2013 9:08 am | by TED Talk | Comments

Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on if -- or when -- the Internet crashes.

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Engineering Newswire 30: Augmented Reality Recognizes Your Friends

March 21, 2013 10:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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.

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The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity

March 20, 2013 10:08 am | Comments

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.

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HotSpot Episode 4: Leap Motion Control

March 18, 2013 10:34 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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...

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Engineering Update #6: Spidey's New Suit, Robotic Cheetahs and Stretchable Power Supplies

March 15, 2013 10:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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.

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Engineering Newswire 29: 3D Printers in Vending Machines

March 14, 2013 10:37 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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.

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HotSpot Episode 3: Eye-Tracking Technology

March 11, 2013 9:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

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.

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Build a School in the Cloud

March 8, 2013 10:05 am | by TED Talk | Comments

Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments.

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Engineering Newswire 28: Titanic II Will Sink, If You Put a Hole in It

March 7, 2013 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that’s necessary.

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Engineering Newswire 27: Hovering Hummingbirds Lead to New UAVs

March 4, 2013 4:21 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC; delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we’re building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, and developing flexible electronics that read your brain.

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HotSpot Episode 2: Wearable Gesture Control

March 4, 2013 10:47 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this episode of the HotSpot, Thalmic Labs introduces its  wearable gesture-controlled arm band; Hewlett-Packard re-enters the tablet market; Microchip announces its BodyCam technology; and InfoMotion Sports Technologies unveils its 94Fifty sensor basketball.

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