Some pretty interesting product and systems design information comes across my desk every week. But some things just tend to stand out … like an unmanned ocean-going vessel designed to operate on its own for up to two years while conducting any number of sea-based research projects like storm tracking and ocean floor mapping.
With operating parameters such as this, the automation and control systems onboard have to handle everything from navigation and power management to data collection and communication. On top of all that, the vessel has to generate its own power via wind and solar.
Like I said … interesting stuff. You can learn more about it via the video link below.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
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