Exoskeletal Device Advances Study of Mobility in Spinal Cord Injury

Kessler Foundation has released preliminary research findings from its clinical study of the wearable robotic exoskeletal device, Ekso, made by Ekso Bionics. Ekso has been undergoing clinical investigation in patients with spinal cord injury at Kessler since October 2011, when...

Building Prosthetics for Injured Veterans

Professor Rick Neptune and his mechanical engineering students at the University of Texas at Austin demonstrate in this video how they're paving the way for more customized prosthetics and orthotic devices for injured soldiers.

Wearable Sensor System Creates Digital Map of an Environment

MIT researchers have built a wearable sensor system that automatically creates a digital map of the environment through which the wearer is moving. The prototype system is envisioned as a tool to help emergency responders coordinate disaster response.

In experiments conducted on the...

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Will Robots Work Directly with Humans?

In today's work environments, robots are often kept isolated from humans due to their massive weight and speed, traits that could possibly endanger humans in their vicinity. Many machines are kept either inside glass cages or behind laser-controlled light curtains. New robots, however, are being built with...

Record Precision in Radar Distance Measurements Achieved

Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have reached a record precision in radar distance measurements. With the help of a new radar system, an accuracy of one micrometer was achieved in joint measurements. The system is characterized by...

NASA Aircraft Helps Develop New Science Instruments

An ER-2 high-altitude research aircraft operating out of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA, will take part in the development of two future satellite instruments. The aircraft will fly test models of these instruments at altitudes greater than 60,000 feet to gather...

“Traffic Light” Test Could Save Lives with Earlier Diagnosis of Liver Disease

A new “traffic light” test devised by Dr. Nick Sheron and colleagues at University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital in the UK could be used in primary care to diagnose liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in high risk populations more easily than at...

NASA Engineers Developing Landing Pads for Extraterrestrial Missions

Using the lessons of the Apollo era and robotic missions to Mars, NASA scientists and engineers are working on ways to develop landing pads that could be robotically constructed in advance of future human expeditions to destinations such as the moon or Mars. These specially...

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3D Printing with FDM: Real Parts, Real Possibilities
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The terms “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing” refer to processes that automatically build objects layer-by-layer from computer data. The technology is...

Back in 1975 I was in my final year of engineering school, preparing for what I assumed would be a long and fruitful career solving problems and designing new ones. Meanwhile I was spending most of my free time honing my...

Engineering Team Develops Chip for Mars Rover

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at UT. Ben Blalock, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and two graduate...

Blemished Graphene Could Lead to New Battery Technology

Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made a sheet of paper from the world’s thinnest material, graphene, and then zapped the paper with a laser or camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections. The result is a graphene anode...

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XMC Module

Innovative Integration (Simi Valley, CA) has announced the new X6-250M that integrates digitizing with signal processing on a PMC/XMC IO module. The module has a powerful Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA signal processing core, and high...

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Serial/Deserializer Chipset

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced the DS90UB913Q serializer and DS90UB914Q deserializer, the newest additions to its FPD-Link III automotive-grade chipset family. The SerDes chipset...

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2-Channel RF/IF Rackmount Recorder

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced an ultra wide- band RF/IF rackmount recorder, the Talon(TM) RTS 2709. Using 12-bit, 3.6 GHz A/D converters and state-of-the-art solid state drive storage...

Researchers Create 3D 'Movies' of Electron Behavior

For the first time, an MIT team has managed to create three-dimensional “movies” of electron behavior in a topological insulator, or TI. The movies can capture vanishingly small increments of time — down to the level of a few femtoseconds, or millionths of a billionth of a second — so...

Open Network Architecture for Army Vehicle Electronics

Army vehicle electronics networking is complex and challenging due to vendor- specific devices and interfaces. Military vehicles require 100% network uptime and security. The network must reduce vehicle clutter, focus on saving soldiers’ lives, and provide minimum latency. Battle...

Tactical Communications Network Backbone Undergoes Operational Tests

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, known as WIN-T, Increment 2, is nearing the finish line having undergone its largest operational test back in May. WIN-T Increment 2 is a major upgrade to the Army's tactical communications backbone and provides an on-the-move network...

Networked Vehicle Production In Full Swing at U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal

Beginning in October, the U.S. Army will begin fielding the first integrated group of networked technologies – radios, sensors and associated equipment and software – that will for the first time deliver an integrated voice and data capability throughout the entire...

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Will Exoskeletons and Robotic Suits Become a Part of Everyday Life?

Many companies, including Raytheon and the Israel-based Argo Medical Technologies, have created self-contained, wearable robotic suits to reduce injuries from heavy lifting, for example, and help paraplegics walk again. Ekso, based in Richmond, California, builds a suit without...

Software Calculates Carbon Footprints

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed new software that can simultaneously calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products.

The team used a life-cycle-analysis (LCA) tool and developed three new techniques that work in concert, enabling them to calculate thousands of footprints within...

Chevron Research Could Help Quiet Jet Engines

They’re fast, powerful, and deafening. Furthermore, military jets need to be up in the air in the wee hours over land to simulate their landings on aircraft carriers. But innovations out of the University of Cincinnati’s Gas Dynamics and Propulsion Laboratory are showing promise in reducing the...

Autonomous Robotic Plane Flies Indoors With No GPS

For decades, academic and industry researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters — robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges...

NASA Global Hawk Pilots Face Challenges Flying Hurricane Missions

NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission will be a complex one for the pilots flying NASA's Global Hawk aircraft from the ground. The mission will be the first deployment for the unmanned aircraft away from their regular base of operations at the Dryden Flight...

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cPCI Blade

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has announced availability of the cPCI-6930, a next-generation 6U dual-slot CompactPCI(R) (cPCI) processor blade with flexible expansion capabilities. The cPCI-6930 features a 1.8 GHz...

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Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Test System

SAKOR Technologies, Inc. (Okemos, MI) designed and installed a complete turnkey Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Test System for UQM Technologies, Inc. (Longmont, CO), a manufacturer of high-efficiency...

Army’s Multiscale Modeling Research Studies Lightweight Materials

At the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, scientists and engineers have been studying how they can make higher-performance materials for soldiers at lighter weights. The challenge has led to the ARL Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials, made up of in-house research and...

New Program Processes Hubble Images More Efficiently

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne master’s student Thibault Kuntzer has focused his efforts on an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope – the most distant photo of the universe ever taken. As part of a semester project, he tested and increased the efficiency of an...

Simulation Model Predicts Wind Turbine Tower Loads

Mikel Abasolo, a researcher of the University of the Basque Country, has built a simplified simulation model for wind turbines. All one has to do is enter the characteristics that the tower and its parts will have, and in a matter of seconds, the model predicts the load that has to be given to...


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