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A 90-Year-Old Grandmother Takes VR For A Spin

April 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by Paul Rivot | Comments

A video game developer by the name of Paul Rivot has uploaded a video of his 90-year-old grandmother using the Oculus Rift, an in-development virtual reality (VR) headset, for a spin. While the system has proven to be a trip even for video game and technology enthusiasts, the charm of Rivot's grandmother shows just how compelling this product could be.


Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 11:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, PD&D | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. Plus, at mere 50cm tall, this bike-pedaling biped is packed with high performance electronic components including ultrasonic, shock and gyro sensors, Bluetooth modules, and DC-DC converters.


Secrets From The Potato Chip Factory

April 10, 2013 12:31 pm | Comments

NPR has recently released this pretty compelling video from the plant floor of Herr's, which makes potato chips on a massive scale today. While the plant, based in Nottingham, Pa., used to process just a few potatoes per hour, and most of the labor was manual. Today, they churn through a few tons of spuds an hour.


Manufacturing Makes America Strong

April 9, 2013 1:23 pm | by National Association of Manfuacturers | Comments

Manufacturing makes America strong. It makes families and communities strong. It provides national security. It gives us energy security. And for the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing, it gives us pride. Caterpillar, Inc. CEO & NAM Board Chairman Doug Oberhelman tells the story of manufacturing in America and the history of the National Association of Manufacturers.


Engineering Newswire 32: iWorm Straps To Your Back

April 4, 2013 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building an internal suspension system for your brain, designing an endoscope as thin as a hair, and using a worm to go hands-free. This week we welcome Ben Heck to the Engineering Newswire.

Engineering Newswire 31: Superdome Fiasco, Relay to Blame

April 2, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. This episode features, among others, forking repo’s and big dongles brought big problems at the PyCon 2013 conference held in Santa Clara last week.


Mystery Of Prince Rupert's Drop At 130,000 FPS

March 28, 2013 10:26 am | by Smarter Every Day | Comments

Destin, the proprietor of YouTube channel Smarter Every Day, recently uploaded a fascinating video about the Prince Rupert Drop, a phenomenon involving molten glass that is dripped into water and allowed to cool. The rapid cooling forms a tear-drop base with a long tail, and creates some interesting internal stresses.

Engineering Newswire 30: Augmented Reality Recognizes Your Friends

March 26, 2013 12:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, we’re testing experimental grasshopper rockets, making smooth jazz on the seaboard, and making the Sphero do everything. Plus, Duke University is developing a new system, InSight, which will allow users to spot their friends in a crowd based purely on what they're wearing.


Engineering Newswire 29: 3D Printers in Vending Machines

March 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee in the sky.


Engineering Newswire 28: Titanic II Will Sink, If You Put a Hole in It

March 12, 2013 12:14 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that’s necessary.


Engineering Newswire 27: Hovering Hummingbirds Lead To New UAVs

March 7, 2013 9:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC, we’re building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, developing flexible electronics that read your brain, and looking at the aerodynamic forces required to power and control flight, as seen in hummingbirds.


Spacesaver: Storage at Work

March 5, 2013 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Director of Multimedia Development | Comments

Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.


Zebra’s Latest Barcode Labeling Solutions Help You See More And Do More

February 28, 2013 2:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Director of Multimedia Development | Comments

Boost productivity with Zebra’s all-new thermal barcode labeling solutions—the QLn420™ rugged mobile printer and the 105SLPlus™ high-performance industrial printer—for fast, reliable and cost-effective printing in your manufacturing and warehousing environment.

The Hatchet-Based OREO Separator Machine

February 28, 2013 10:30 am | Comments

OREO has teamed up with Portland, Oregon-based David Neevel, supposedly a physicist, to create a machine that is capable of separating an OREO into two. David employs some rudiamentary robotics, plus a hatchet, to get the job done. On top of that, David is not a fan of the creme center, so he's got some other wizardry to take care of that problem.


Engineering Newswire 26: Super Sober Pills

February 21, 2013 10:58 am | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re curing alcoholism with nanocapsules, building squishy robots that jump, and building brain machines for rat cyborgs.


School Helps To Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back To The U.S.

February 19, 2013 9:57 am | by AFTHQ | Comments

Austin Polytechnical Academy was founded as a partnership between labor and business to train students for high-end manufacturing jobs that often remain unfilled for lack of trained talent. The goal of this school it to educate students in all areas of manufacturing.

Engineering Newswire 25:Drilling Holes in Mars

February 14, 2013 1:35 pm | Comments

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the successful completion of this "mini drill" test last week and if the drill cuttings from the fresh hole pass the visual evaluation, the rover team will move forward with the first full drilling.


Engineering Update #4: Robots Driven By Moths, Recycling Nike

February 14, 2013 11:51 am | Comments

In the latest episode of ECN 's Engineering Update: Scientists at the University of Tokyo have found inspiration for their autonomous sensory-driven robots by examining male silkmoths ... lookin' for love.


A Behind The Scenes Look At Manufacturing A Viper

February 14, 2013 10:23 am | by The New York Times | Comments

Inside a newly reopened Chrysler plant in Detroit, a car revs to life. Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than two years during the automaker’s bankruptcy.


How 3D Metal Printing May Change Manufacturing

February 12, 2013 9:43 am | by Penn State | Comments

At a recent additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, showcase at Penn State, engineers demoed some of the latest technology in the field. Hear from experts about how 3D metal printing may change manufacturing in the United States, and what challenges it faces.



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