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Accurately Detecting Earthquakes: Can We Engineer a Solution?
While there has been much progress in disaster predictions in certain areas, such as hurricanes, earthquake detection is falling behind. Now, engineering teams are stepping up to the plate, hoping that they can use AI areas, such as machine learning and complex algorithms, to create the beginnings of a solution.
The Scientific Instruments of the Mars Perseverance Rover
The successful landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover was not just a breakthrough for the world: it also marked the first time that the very latest sensor technologies may be used outside our planet. We look at the ground-breaking designs and other details behind the instruments on the rover.
TPS3899 Voltage Supervisor Featuring Programmable Sense and Reset Delay
Texas Instruments’ TPS3899 Voltage Supervisor is characterised by having a small body size (just 1.50 millimetres by 1.50 millimetres) and has applications in a wide range of sectors including consumer electronics and motor drives.
€1.8b Quantum Plan Puts France on the Map for AI
In 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron presented the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap: his vision and strategy to make France a leader in AI technology. Now, Macron has presented a new national strategy for quantum technologies, a five-year €1.8 billion plan that will finance research in quantum computing, communications, and sensing.
The NASA Perseverance Rover: Recapping the Events and the Engineering That Proved Perseverance Pays Off
On February 18th 2021, the most advanced robot ever sent to Mars landed safely, following the spacecraft’s ‘seven minutes of terror’ touchdown on an especially dangerous Martian terrain. We recap the events and discuss the engineering that helped NASA prove that perseverance really does pay off.
Will Micromobility Ever Become Fully Popularised in Europe’s Cities?
Micromobility is technically illegal on some of Europe’s streets, but its increasing public demand and eco-friendliness suggest that it should be pushed forward. We look at some of the many companies that are helping to bolster electric micro vehicle uptake, and ask: could it ever be considered as practical as driving a car?
Various Sensors and Their Applications for Smart Farming and Robotics
Smart farming is a form of agriculture that is informed by robotics and smart sensors, whose data acquisition capabilities enable them to feed crops with precisely what they need to ease the farmer’s job of cultivation. We look at the various sensor technologies required for modern, IoT-based agriculture.
UT Austin and Skoltech Have Developed A ‘Smart’ Wearable Sensor for Tracking Healing
Having formed a joint U.S.-Russia research team, scientists at UT Austin (the University of Texas at Austin) and Skoltech (the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) have developed a proof-of-concept ‘smart’ wearable sensor that has the potential to enable the real-time, non-invasive monitoring of patients’ wounds.
Fingertip Pressure Sensor for Dextrous Machines
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a fingertip pressure sensor that doesn’t affect the touch sensitivity of real skin. They believe that the intricate technology, which was fabricated by electrospinning, may be able to train machines to carry out tasks with more fidelity.
Opteran Awarded £2.1M for its Insect Vision-Inspired Approach to ‘Solve Autonomy’ in Robotics
Opteran, a UK-based natural intelligence company, has raised £2.1 million in seed funding to develop lightweight, ultra-low-power solutions to help machines see, sense, and navigate more efficiently. The technology is inspired by a natural phenomenon known as ‘optic flow’, which is observed in insects’ vision.
COVID-19 is Driving Engineers to Further Develop Smart Technologies
As many continue to self isolate to combat COVID-19, we are seeing a continued drive for the need for advanced and remote systems that support our new way of life. Accordingly, engineers have been developing smart technologies to expedite the possibility of an autonomous and contactless world.
Glasgow Engineers Create Solar-Powered Electronic Skin
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a new type of solar-powered e-skin that uses light to mimic the human sense of touch. The scientists claim that the ‘skin’ could hold the potential to truly revolutionise the field of affordable prosthetics by using its light-capturing cells to mimic touch.
University of Sydney Photonics Researchers Discuss Recent Developments for Future Integrated Hybrid Plasmonic Applications
Photonic integrated circuits are revolutionising the development of nanotechnology, enabling the fabrication of new devices for telecommunications, sensing, and quantum information processing. Ingrid Fadelli interviewed two University of Sydney researchers who have been studying and developing this ground-breaking technology.
Combining 3D Printing, Robotics, and Other Innovation in Smart Building Construction
Additive manufacturing, already an innovative electrical design approach, is now crossing over to the field of construction—making it possible to manufacture 3D-printed buildings. Now, the next step for electrical engineers (EEs) is becoming clear: the development of embedded devices for the robotics-based construction of 3D-printed automated smart homes.
3D Photodetectors Inspired by Spider Webs
Spider webs have inspired a recent innovation from Purdue University, particularly in the field of photodetectors. This is as the formations that are weaved by spiders are not just complex and fascinating—they’re capable of forming very strong nets with high mechanical resistance.
Regenerative Braking: an Increasingly-Promising Technology for EVs and More
Regenerative braking systems are able to charge automobiles through the energy developed by their friction, thus promising a future of safer, longer, and greener commuting—particularly for EVs, or electric vehicles. We look at the technology behind this promising solution to vehicle battery charging on the go.
COVID-19 Has Led to a Pivotal Moment for Renewables, Such as this Floating Hybrid Energy Platform
The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is pressuring governments to review their energy strategies. As long-term recovery plans are outlined, there is an opportunity to incorporate innovative renewable energy solutions—and this is certainly the case with SINN Power’s Ocean Hybrid Platform.
When GPS Fails: Advantages of Quantum Navigation with Quantum Gyro Sensors
High-precision, high-risk, costly moving objects lack a backup navigation solution. Mostly reliant on GPS—or the Global Positioning System—they present two major weaknesses: low accuracy and poor security. Such problems can be improved with quantum gyro sensors and other elements of quantum positioning systems.