Here’s a summer project that can help you stretch your 3-D design skills and have some fun at the same time. Check out the Design It: Shelter Competition, a global competition sponsored by Google and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to promote widespread use of 3-D design.
The summer-long competition challenges people to design a simple shelter in 3D with Google SketchUp, give it a geographic location using Google Earth and share it by uploading the design to the Google 3-D Warehouse. Once the shelter design is uploaded, participants submit an official entry on the Guggenheim website and within a couple of days, they will be able to see their work along with others, using the Google Earth Plug-in on the Guggenheim Museum’s website.
Competition winners will be announced on October 21, 2009, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the museum. Winners will receive airfare and two night’s accommodation for two in New York, along with a bunch of other goodies.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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