Engineers develop multimaterial fiber 'ink' for 3-D-printed devices

[ad_1] Using the 3-D printing method developed by the MIT researchers, a structure such as this model airplane wing could have both light emitters and light detectors embedded in the material, so that it could continuously detect any micro-cracks as they begin to form. Credit: Felice Frankel A new method developed by MIT researchers uses […]

Engineers build fleet of autonomous boats that shapeshift

[ad_1] MIT’s fleet of robotic boats has been updated with new capabilities to “shapeshift,” by autonomously disconnecting and reassembling into different configurations to form various floating platforms in the canals of Amsterdam. In experiments in a pool, the boats rearranged themselves from a connected straight line into an “L” (shown here) and other shapes. Credit: […]

Lasers enable engineers to weld ceramics, no furnace required

[ad_1] Laser welded ceramic assembly consisting of a transparent cylindrical cap joined to a ceramic tube. Credit: Garay lab/UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Smartphones that don’t scratch or shatter. Metal-free pacemakers. Electronics for space and other harsh environments. These could all be made possible thanks to a new ceramic welding technology developed by […]

Engineers show off Astro the robot dog

[ad_1] Using deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI), FAU scientists are bringing to life one of about a handful of these quadraped robots in the world. Astro is unique because he is the only one of these robots with a head, 3-D printed to resemble a Doberman pinscher, that contains a (computerized) brain. Credit: Alex […]

Engineers work on warning system for urban flooding using traffic cameras

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain It’s the night of Sept. 8, 2014. Over metropolitan Phoenix, a summer monsoon collides with a dying Pacific hurricane. Rain gushes from the skies. Freeway pumps on Interstate 10 fail. Early morning commuters abandon their cars, which simply float away. Interstate 17 and U.S. 60 in Mesa also flood because […]