An experimental Chevrolet Corvette took home the research award in the PC/104 Embedded Consortium's 2003 design contest. The car has a computer-controlled steering system that uses GPS information and automatic steering intervention to help drivers avoid road hazards and straying into other lanes. Although the vehicle has a traditional steering wheel, sensors and a high performance servomotor replace the steering shaft. Two sensors measure the pinion and steering wheel angle; the driver is able to control the car normally until problems arise.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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