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Waterloo Labs - Real Life Mario Kart

December 20, 2012 9:59 am | by Waterloo Labs | Comments

The Waterloo Labs crew rigs up four go Karts to manipulate the throttle, gas, and brakes along with an RFID Item system to make a real, playable version of Mario Kart. Follow along as they explain how they built the karts, then take to the track for a modern-day take on a classic video game.


Greek Yogurt Craze Revives NY Manufacturing Town

December 18, 2012 9:22 am | by NBC News | Comments

The growing popularity of Greek yogurt in the United States has revived at least one town in upstate New York when Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya decided to buy a closing yogurt factory in New Berlin, N.Y. He's grown the staff from 5 employees to over 1300 people. Rock Center’s Harry Smith reports.


Engineering Newswire 17: Life-Sized, Programmable Humanoid Robot Talks, Sings, Acts

December 13, 2012 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re working with the world’s smallest wrench, crossing the pacific in an autonomous wave rider, and creating a humanoid robot that can walk, talk, and … act? Today’s episode features: RoboThespian is a life-sized, programmable humanoid robot designed to talk, sing, he’s even recites Shakespeare. Engineered Arts is currently at work on a next generation humanoid dynamic robot.


Engineering Newswire 16: Designing an Underwater Hotel

December 11, 2012 9:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re taking our first taste test on Mars, building an underwater hotel, and powering the EcoBot with nothing more than poo.


How Airbus Makes The A380

December 6, 2012 10:39 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Just a glimpse of the 1,500 engineers working are enough to give you an idea of the size and scale of the super jumbo A380. Each part requires precision and patience - 4,000 rivets alone are used to attach the wings to the body. CNN's Ayesha Durgahee looks at how Airbus assembles and tests the largest passenger jet in the world.


Engineering Newswire 15: Disney Robots Play Catch with Your Kids

December 4, 2012 9:34 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we're playing catch with Disney robots, colonizing Mars with deep pocketed donors, and beaming aboard a Star Trek classroom.


Engineering Newswire 14: Blowing Up James Bond’s Aston Martin

November 29, 2012 9:53 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we’re propelling bio-bots with rat blood, creating a dancing robot, “Gangnam Style”, and blowing up James Bond’s Aston Martin.


Yes, Some TVs Are Made In The USA

November 27, 2012 9:23 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Element Electronics is one of many companies who have re-shored an assembly line from Asia back to Canton, Michigan. While most of the parts are still produced overseas, the TVs are assembled, tested and packaged in Canton by workers who otherwise might not have a job.


Kindle Phone? Amazon CEO: 'Stay Tuned'

November 20, 2012 10:16 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discusses how Amazon makes money off of Kindles, which is one of the key differentiators between Amazon and its competitors, like Apple. As to whether a phone is in the company's future, Bezos won't say one way or another. Bezos seems skeptical of same-day deliveries, but is optimistic about opening retail stores — but only if they're better than existing retail stores.


American Manufacturing Thrives As Industry Faces 'Renaissance'

November 15, 2012 12:19 pm | by NBC News | Comments

The United States may have shifted to a post-industrial economy, but that does not mean the manufacturing sector is dead. Far from it. From coast to coast, manufacturers are making more products, but with fewer people, as the sector makes an improbable rebound after a tough recession.

Home Videos Engineering Newswire 13: Mechanical Exoskeleton Could Create Super Humans

November 15, 2012 11:24 am | by by PD&D TV | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we’re building a bionic arm, creating a bladeless ceiling fan, and adding hands-free augmented reality to glasses.


Engineering Newswire: Nissan Builds A Batmobile

November 13, 2012 2:18 pm | by PD&D TV | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, the unique 1.6-liter Nissan DIG-T DeltaWing bears a striking resemblance to the a vehicle driven by the caped crusader (that means Batman). Also, we’re painting dreams with robots, monitoring our neural activity, and carving pumpkins with CNCs.

Another View Of Patents

November 1, 2012 9:31 am | by The New York Times | Comments

James Dyson, inventor and founder of the Dyson company, discusses patent infringements with New York Times reporter Steve Lohr. The Dyson company works diligently to not only innovate, but protect that innovation patent infringement. It's an issue that is as prevalent as its ever been.


Engineering Newswire 10: Amphibious ATV Rides on Water, For $40K

October 25, 2012 11:19 am | by PD&D Broadcast Crew | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, we’re building nanoscale structures with metal, solving the iPhone’s picture problems, manufacturing 40 custom coupés, engineering Porsche’s greatest model yet, and designing an amphibious ATV.


Auto Industry Czar: The Volt Is Irrelevant To GM's Bottom Line

October 18, 2012 10:20 am | by Reuters | Comments

Steve Rattner, the former auto industry czar, says that the Chevy Volt is irrelevant to GM's bottom line but that the auto industry has never been more efficient. The problems that remain are the complete opposite of what affected the industry during the auto bailouts.


Sappi CEO: U.S. Manufacturing Not Dead

October 11, 2012 9:36 am | by Reuters | Comments

Manufacturing, and manufacturing jobs in particular, have come into focus with the presidential election. But will the sector become a major driver of the economy? Sappi Fine Paper CEO Mark Gardner says, despite the slow economic recovery, he is adding jobs to his company's payroll and expects growth in manufacturing businesses to pick up over the next 12 months.


Engineering Newswire 6: Get Lost with Apple's iPhone 5

October 4, 2012 9:16 am | by PD&D TV | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV: The new iPhone 5 features a thinner, lighter design, with a taller screen, a faster processor, and updated software, everything you’d hope to expect from a new phone – except a suitable map app. Rethink Robotics has unleashed a revolution in manufacturing with the friendly faced, factory robot: Baxter.


Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?

October 2, 2012 11:01 am | by TED | Comments

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.


Made In Brooklyn, Shipped To China

September 27, 2012 9:13 am | by New York Times | Comments

Typically, we hear about the U.S. purchasing goods and materials from overseas. This story highlights the opposite scenario. Jim Dwyer, ‘About New York’ columnist, talks to Louise Story of the New York Times about a Brooklyn manufacturer whose custom luxury fixtures have caught the eye of buyers in China.


Engineering Newswire 5: The World's Fastest Electric Motorcycle

September 25, 2012 10:39 am | by PD&D TV Broadcast Crew | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV: A group of dedicated engineering students from San Jose State University is attempting to build a self-balancing electric motorcycle, and Motoczysz has set out to build the world’s fastest motorcycle, but they have made other landmarks along the way.


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