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Engineering Update #13: Internet-Beaming Balloons and a Robotic Cat

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 8:59am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines:

  • Internet-beaming balloons: Google's lofty ambitions of bringing the internet to the entire planet are becoming a reality with the recent launch of internet-beaming antennas onboard balloons.
  • Battery-free driving on electric roads: Volvo's recent research and development in electric vehicle technology is striving to do away with batteries by creating roadways able to charge the very cars that drive across it.
  • An interview with Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan: ECN recently caught up with the recent Mouser Electronics sponsored winner of the Indy 500.
  • A robot that runs like a cat: EPFL's Biorobotics Lab has designed a cheetah-cub robot. The light-weight, quick, and agile movement of the feline-inspired robot could one day be used for search and rescue missions.

For a transcript of the video, click here.

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