In this episode of Engineering Newswire, toilet paper advertising with scannable QR codes; Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe lab gets threatened with closure; growing a new foot; cars that communicate with each other to prevent crashes; an iTypewriter that defeats the purposes of touch technology; and Apple wins patent grapple with Samsung.
In this episode of Engineering Newswire — from Product Design & Development — the toilet gets redesigned; test flight of hypersonic Waverider fails; NASA's Morfius Project crashes and burns; MIT's autonomous planes flies indoors; sunglasses that record and take pictures; and NASA's Curiosity receives a brain transplant.
A new generation of adaptive vision-equipped robotics is set to change manufacturing around the world. How these robots adapt to their environment is just as important as what they can accomplish. They are being developed to handle and adapt to assembly line shifts, which would be a game-changer for modern manufacturing.
Farnoosh Torabi from Yahoo digs through some of the recent projects that didn't quite match their expectations. Flops include smartphones from Nokia, which in turn caused the company's stock to plummet, and the "ultrabook" that Intel tried so very hard to push into widespread adoption.
The new test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety better simulates more realistic, off-center frontal crashes.
Bill Hammack, the "Engineer Guy," tackles anodizing, the process of corroding aluminum just enough to provide a variety of colors, not to mention a durable coating.
The migration of Nissan jobs to the United States is discussed in great detail. Subjects include outsourcing and unions, among others.
The hardest step in making a nuclear bomb is making the proper type of uranium. Bill outlines the two key methods for separation: gas diffusion and centrifuges.
The struggling BlackBerry-maker issued a dire warning about its business, saying Tuesday that it will post an operating loss for the second-straight quarter and will lay off a large number of employees this year.
Ever wonder how your smartphone knows when you've tilted or swung it around? The secret is in some microscoping silicone etching.
SpaceX made history today by becoming the first private company to launch a spacecraft toward the International Space Station.
Motorcycle-riding daredevils have long taken on the task of riding their machines on walls. What about a car?
Allan Benton is known nationwide for his smoked bacon, ham and prosciutto, which he makes using a family recipe that’s been around for longer than a lot of us.
Boston Dynamics has been hard at work on the Sand Flea, which is an 11-pound robot that can drive like an RC car and jump up to 30 feet in the air.
Additive manfuacturing is an industrial form of 3D printing that can produce large, complicated designs with only a fraction of the waste as seen in the typical machining process.
Ben Thomas, the owner of Melbourne, Australia-based Rancho Deluxe, gives a walkthrough of his workshop and his most prized possession: a '32 Ford Roadster.
Neil deGrasse Tyson says NASA is a creator of dreams, which help fuel the innovation that will create the technologies and industries of tomorrow.
This video showcases shoemaker Andrew McDonald, who operates out of a small shop in London.
Sam Zygmuntowicz makes all of his instruments by hand, chiseling and shaving away at the thin planks of wood to get them sounding just right.
The recently-developed "Cheetah" robot, built by DARPA, has set a new land speed record for legged robots, galloping at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.