Philips (www.philips.com) has unveiled a wall-mounted mirror that can convert into a television or computer monitor. The Mirror TV, which will be marketed to the hotel industry by the end of the year, is actually a 17, 23, or 30-inch liquid crystal display with a polarized coating that adjusts a portion of the mirror surface between a total light transmission TV mode and a total reflection mirror mode. Philips says Mirror TV allows users to watch the news and traffic while shaving and brushing their teeth.
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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