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Will VR be the new way to watch sports?

This week's Question: Fox Sports offered virtual-reality streams from last week's U.S. Open, a major golf championship in Oakmont, PA. Sports fans who owned the right devices could watch the golf event on the television while using VR for enhancements: game recaps, highlights of a particular play, features, and brief cut-ins to live play. Virtual reality still faces adoption challenges. Viewers need to buy special equipment to view the broadcast, and the users may find the devices too inconvenient and cumbersome to wear regularly. What do you think? Will VR be the new way to watch sports?

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Will AI improve vehicle safety by 2020?

This week's Question: As the competition to develop self-driving cars intensifies, Toyota Motor Corp. announced that over the next five years the company will spend $1 billion on the integration of artificial intelligence (AI). Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute, recently said Toyota aims to improve car safety by enabling vehicles to anticipate and avoid potential accident situations. While today's driver assistance systems largely use image sensors to avoid obstacles within the car’s lane, Pratt said TRI was looking at AI solutions to enable "the car to be evasive beyond the one lane."

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Model-Driven Innovation in Machine Design

This whitepaper discusses a Model-Driven Innovation process, an approach that makes a multidomain, system-level model the core of design activities, allowing engineers to see how individual subsystems work together. With this approach, problems can be fixed early without project delays, and designs can be validated with access to the underlying mathematics, allowing organizations seeking to mitigate system complexities to improve their ability to control costs, produce high-quality designs and move products to market more quickly. Using tools like MapleSim, the multidomain system modeling tool from Maplesoft, enables engineers to develop and test high-fidelity virtual prototypes of their complex dynamic systems.

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3D-Printed Polymer Turns Methane to Methanol

By combining biology and 3D printing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created a reactor that continuously produces methanol from methane at room temperature and pressure.

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Researchers Test Galaxy-Seeking Robots

A telescope project from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will use a planned array of 5,000 galaxy-seeking robots to produce a 3D map of the universe. Dubbed ProtoDESI, the scaled-down, 10-robot system will help scientists achieve the pinpoint accuracy needed to home in on millions of galaxies, quasars, and stars with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).

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Additive Manufacturing Design Considerations For Production In Aerospace

Written by: Caitlin Oswald As additive manufacturing continues to mature from a fad to a robust production process, complementary methods of designing for additive manufacturing need to develop. Today the majority of design engineers were trained under conventional education methods of subtractive manufacturing. Switching that paradigm will take more than adjusting a few rules, but an evolution in education. When designers are urged to be creative the design space box expands exponentially when using additive. This new idea of starting from nothing instead of starting from a block of material becomes limitless for young design engineers. However, the fast pace of additive manufacturing adoption requires those who previously trained for conventional to rapidly rethink the way they design to meet the vast new options afforded by additive. The following paper is Part A of a two-part series focused on Additive Manufacturing Design. The series will condense some of these limitless possibilities, and capture the advancing strategies of additive manufacturing design.

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Unlocking the Secrets of Amorphous Metals

What do bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), amorphous metals and liquid metals all have in common? Basically they’re all the same thing – non-crystalline metal alloys that are simultaneously glasses, metals, and liquids. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But it’s not. And they possess some incredible properties. Think of them as the shape-shifting superheroes of the materials world.

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