Engineering Newswire: First Government-Recognized Cyborg Gets His Passport

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 9:26am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re doodling working circuits, test firing new rocket engines, having fun being a Borg, and using your smartphone as a 3D scanner. This episode features:

  • A professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich has developed software that works with existing smartphone technology to make 3D scanning as easy as taking a photograph. 
  • Blue Origin, one of NASA’s commercial crew partners, has successfully tested a new hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled, reusable booster engine system.
  • Neil Harbisson, a color-blind artist from the UK, recently became the first person to have a government issued ID photo taken while wearing a high-tech bit of technology – making him the first government-recognized cyborg. 
  • A new Kickstarter campaign from Electroninks Incorporated is combining art and electronics with Circuit Scribe, a rollerball pen that writes with conductive silver ink.

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