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Engineering Newswire 34: Designing A Demonic Child

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 11:01am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re writing with fire, practicing with the Webb telescope, and writing emails with a guitar. This episode features:

  • David Neevel has built a system that allows him to practice his guitar technique while writing his emails. His project translates notes played on the guitar into computer key strokes, so while writing emails to his bosses he can perfect his leads.
  • ECAL student, Lucien Langton has built a handheld printer, FireWriter, which burns pictures onto wood with a torch, while an optical sensor keeps track of the image's positioning.
  • To prevent the most expensive service call in history, NASA engineers have been practicing the installation of the critical mirror segments on the James Webb telescope, so the final assembly will be perfect when the device "ships".
  • Distortions Unlimited has been in the fright business since 1978. The company started with horror-themed masks and props, but in 1995 they designed Shake n Bake, an animatronic electric chair that was unlike anything the industry had ever seen.

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