Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re further developing BAE systems Railgun, making a bionic eye for the blind, demonstrating robotic apes, and re-reinventing the toilet. This episode features:

  • BAE Systems was awarded a $34.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research for further development of the Electromagnetic Railgun under Phase 2 of the Navy’s Innovative Naval Prototype program.
  • The Argus II is the first and only “bionic eye” to be approved in countries throughout the world thus far, including the U.S. This prosthetic seeing device works by converting video images captured by a miniature camera into a series of small electrical pulses.
  • It may seem like the plot to squeeze the last viable ounce out of a well-worn franchise, but the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has created four-legged, ape-like robots that demonstrates the benefits of actuated multi-point-contact feet.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wanted to Reinvent the Toilet, focusing on solutions for the improper disposal of waste to help reduce the transmission of diseases in underdeveloped countries. Now, a prototype of this Self-Contained, photo-voltaic-powered domestic toilet and wastewater treatment system is set to be installed New Delhi, India.

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