What a time to be alive! When I was young, a video camera weighed more than a single person could lift and video recorders were very heavy also. The past 50-60 years have been truely amazing. In the late 60s I predicted computers could be reduced to fit in a 19 inch rack instead of a large room. After taking a couple semesters of Microprocessor System Design, I thought; "Nice toys,but no future!" Now this is clip is too cool for a number of reasons. First, the camera, including the audio and video recorder weigh in at 15 grams (about half an ounce). Secondly the rocket is simply made of PVC, tape, and foam! Simple, but elegant. Thirdly the after the fact video processing was likely done on yet another computer. A job well done!
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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