Entries for February 2013

hipKey uses Bluetooth and iOS to track your stuff
There isn’t a man alive who doesn’t lose track of his stuff from time to time. And it&...
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Harvesting Energy to Power Nanoscale Sensors

Passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags don't need batteries - they use the electromagnet... More >>
A Supercomputer made with Raspberry Pi and LEGO
A 'supercomputer' built using 64 connected Raspberry Pi boards and a racking made with Lego pieces.P...
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Solar Powered Smartphones (and more!)

Imagine a cell phone that doesn’t require an AC charger. Sound like a bright idea? It’s ... More >>
Bionic Arms and the Engineering Olympics

My challenge today was judging the 33rd Ottawa Science and Engineering Olympics. Then I thought, "Wh... More >>
I-Pad Controlled Self-Driving RobotCar uses 3D Laser Scanner to Map its Environment
The self-driving RobotCar, developed by the researchers in the University of Oxford uses small camer...
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Is it a battery? No ... it's a Supercap!

Batteries can't be beat for compact energy storage. Their high energy density makes batteries the pe... More >>
Play Physical Chess over the Internet with a Robot Partner
Arduino-powered chess set connects remote players over the internet using a physical chess table.
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Energy Harvesting: A Hot Idea

In a previous article I discussed energy harvesting, the concept of generating small amounts of elec... More >>
LUMO Watches Your Posture and Warns If You Slouch
The LUMO is a thin, flexible sensor band worn as a belt that captures the posture of your lower and ...
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Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid
Electric vehicles (EVs) can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, but they also put stress on an al...
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Thermostats that Learn and Communicate!

You’re an engineer, so you obviously have a digital programmable thermostat. (You don’t!... More >>
LG’s Transparent Screen Makes Vending Machines Interactive and Fun
This vending machine uses LG's transparent screen to display animations when a product is selected.
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Why is BlackBerry Launching a Touch Phone?
Devoted BlackBerry users are scratching their heads. Why are they left waiting for their beloved phy...
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Smart Grid: Intelligent Power Distribution
Smart Grid: Intelligent Power Distribution
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Lynx A: A hand-held camera for 3D motion capture
A camera that captures the 3-D model of everything it points at.
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Getting Energy from Thin Air
Can you feel it? There’s a certain energy in the air. Cell towers, radio and TV transmitters, satell...
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