Engineering Newswire 46: Making Batteries out of Wood

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 9:28am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re building drones with a do-it-yourself kit, making batteries out of wood, rewriting the rulebook on solar cars, and creating e-skin that can sense touch and temperature. This episode features:

  • Jasper van Loenen has developed a do-it-yourself kit that allows users to turn just about anything they want into a quadcopter.
  • Scientists at the University of Maryland have created a tiny, long-lasting, efficient, and environmentally friendly battery out of wood fibers coated with tin.
  • A group of students from the University of Cambridge have developed a new solar car design that they say will “rewrite the rulebook” at the World Solar Challenge this year.
  • Amputees might be able to sense changes within their environments with a new flexible sensor that could be integrated into electronic skin created by scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

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