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.
Jim Herr went from poultry farmer to snack-making kingpin when he traded in his farm for a potato chip processing facility. Herr Foods Inc. is now one of the largest snack food processors in the country, making everything from potato chips to pretzels to popcorn.
The credit crisis that pushed economies around the world into a recession still has yet to fully play out. Blackhorse economist Richard Duncan says that credit needs to be restored to the global economy and that if the fiscal situation isn't resolved, the Unites States could fall into a deep recession next year.
AT&T created a unique innovation pipeline for its 250,000 employees to streamline their ideas towards production. They crowdsource those ideas, and that's something other companies looking to innovate should consider for a wide range of reasons.
The reason there's only one natural gas-powered car on the United States market is a lack of consumer demand, says expert T. Boone Pickens. Howeverm significantly higher gasoline prices will eventually push American drivers to consider alternatives -- and soon.
Objet creates a fully-functional baseball bat prototype on an Objet Connex Multi-Material 3D Printer and test it against a variety of objects to see if it breaks. The bat is printed in Objet's ABS-like Digital Material - a very strong and functionally versatile composite material that is unique to the Objet Connex range of 3D printers.
Stanford's self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 miles per hour on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better. Watch as this robotic car pushes the limits.
The Air Force is developing technology that takes control of planes from pilots to avoid crashing into the ground or other terrain. The system is designed to take over for the pilot in the event of a possible crash, recover the aircraft, then give control back to the pilot.
Daniel is a normal boy. He likes dinosaurs and tractors. But something makes him very special: curiosity, courage, and an arm designed just for him (thanks to the efforts ofbiomedical engineering students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a little help from Siemens PLM Software).
Watch as Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO/CTO, gives a tour of the Spacex facility in Hawthorne, California. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) designs, manufactures, and launches some of the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation and ultimately make it possible for people to live on other planets.
Chess grandmaster and Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff spells out the next financial move by using the game he loves as an analogy. Negotiation, reading other people, moves made out of desperation, all play a role in both chess and a financial crisis. Let's let Rogoff explain more...
Slow to find success in the realm of mobile, HP and Dell are caught in a downward slide with no apparent end in sight. The tablet is the device that everyone wants right now, but Dell and HP are unable to deliver on that right now. Can that change in the not-so-distant future?
That's the question Frances Causey's new documentary "Heist" tries to answer. Rob Cox of Reuters speaks with her about the film and the events that preceded the Great Recession. Who is to blame? Causey has quite a bit to say in response to that question.
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.
Timothy Prestero thought he'd designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world -- but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. Here is a manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades.
A team of Colombian students is developing a bomb-deactivating robot that responds to human muscle movement. Using sensors and wireless technology, the students say their robot, called Prometheus, will bring a new level of precision to the delicate task of disarming explosives.
Startup Liquid Metal Battery is developing a low-cost battery by using an approach that involves a high-temperature system with liquid metals and molten salts. They say it will store wind or solar electricity for when there's no wind or sun.
NASA engineers talk about developing and testing a next-generation rover designed to support humans on other worlds.
Despite all the hype, some products simply fail to live up to their expectations – and there was no shortage of flops in recent months.