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7.27.15 Product Design & Development
'Smart Fabric' Keeps People Heated & Cooled
What if you could change the temperature of your own clothing instead of heating or cooling your entire home? Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency to work on smart fabric that regulates its own temperature. The cloth, named ATTACH (Adaptive Textiles Technology with Active Cooling and Heating) by project leader Joseph Wang, does this by becoming thinner or thicker
7.27.15 Drupa newsroom
Printed electronics keep shirts cool - literally
Cranking up the heat or the air conditioner have been common responses to changes in temperature for decades. But what if the microclimate could be controlled at the individual level? What if clothing had the capacity to become automatically thinner or thicker if the surroundings heated up or cooled down? Researchers at UC San Diego are exploring how printed electronics could help achieve this. Their efforts are supported with a 2.6 million USD grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (ARPA-E).
Time is NOT on your side when exposed to chemical threats: New pharmaceuticals hope to change that paradigm
One of the greatest dangers a warfighter can face is the sudden use of chemical weapons. It takes time to don protective equipment and even longer to test and determine the foe you're facing. Warfighters exposed to chemical weapons may get some of that time back due to access to medical pharmaceuticals that improve stability and efficacy in treating a broad-spectrum of chemical agents. In particular, results reported by principal investigator Dr. Liangfang Zhang and his team from the UCSD
This Jumping 3D Printed Robot Uses Butane And Oxygen For Power
Researchers at Harvard University and University of California, San Diego have made the first 3D printed robot with both hard and soft body parts that can make more than 100 jumps on its own. To top it all off, the robot is powered by a mixture of butane and oxygen. The blueprint for creating this hybrid hard and soft robot came from directly from nature via a species of mussels which have a foot that becomes rigid when it comes into contact with rocks.
7.23.15 CS Monitor
Can automakers build hacker-proof cars? (+video)
What's worse than a backseat driver? A remote one, who takes the wheel by hacking into your car's computer. Wired's Andy Greenberg described how cybersecurity researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek hacked his Jeep Cherokee from 10 miles away, causing it to slow to a crawl in the middle of a busy highway. Previously, Mr. Miller and Mr. Valasek had successfully hacked cars from the backseat with their laptops plugged into the diagnostic port
7.23.15 Chicago Tribune
Hackers manipulate Internet-connected Jeep during driving experiment
A couple of cybersecurity advocates set out recently to prove how dangerous an Internet-connected car can be. As an experiment, Andy Greenberg, a senior writer for Wired Magazine, agreed to drive a Jeep Cherokee on a St. Louis highway while so-called "altruistic hackers" toyed -- sometimes dangerously -- with the car. The hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, showed how Greenberg lost control of the vehicle as the accelerator stopped working, the radio blasted hip-hop at full volume
Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway--With Me in It
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn't touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail.
7.17.15 Spectrum IEEE
Introducing a New Material for Invisibility Cloaks
Unless you're a teenage wizard, making things invisible involves some challenges--cloaking devices tend to be bulky and absorb some of the light they're trying to reroute. Now a new design may lead to invisibility cloaks that are thinner and don't lose brightness, rendering them more practical for certain uses. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, designed a carpet cloak, a device that covers an object and scatters light as if it's hitting a flat surface
7.17.15 the Escapist
Move Over, Harry Potter - There's a New Invisibility Cloak in Town
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have taken a huge step forward in the technology of invisibility cloaks, with a super-thin design that better hides the three-dimensionality and shadow of an object. Scientists today have unveiled the latest technology in invisibility cloaks, a super-thin sheet of metamaterials that could work better than any cloak before.
7.17.15 IFL Science!
Invisibility Cloak Thinner Than Ever Before
Invisibility cloaks are used to cover an object and shield it from view while projecting the surface or image behind it. "This cloaking device basically fools the observer into thinking that there's a flat surface," said Boubacar Kanté, from the University of California - San Diego, and senior author of the study which was published in Progress In Electromagnetics Research.
Turning Teflon Into An Invisibility Cloak
A team of electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have created a design to transform a thin sheet of Teflon into an invisibility cloak. The technology behind cloaking is altering how electromagnetic waves are scattered to make the object less detectable to wave frequencies, like light and radar. The design for this cloak is based dielectric materials, which don?t absorb light, not meta-materials.
7.17.15 Tech Republic
Researchers smash the fiber optic long-distance record
Engineers at UC San Diego overcame the Kerr Effect, eliminating regeneration on fiber-optic runs of less than 12,000 kilometers. Here's what this breakthrough means.
Hopping 3-D printed robot has soft exterior, heart of metal
Scientists at Harvard University and UC San Diego have created the first robot with a 3D-printed body that transitions from an outer layer that is soft to the touch into a rigid metal core. People may think of Arnold Schwarzenegger when they hear of a robot with a soft outer body and hard metal underneath, but researchers working on just that type of machine say their design can actually make robots that are safer for humans.
7.13.15 BuzzFeed Life
33 Genius Travel Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed
33 Genius Travel Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed: #4: When you're stuck next to a crying baby on a plane, pop in the 'Hush' plugs. and fall asleep to soothing sounds like ocean waves and rainfall. These smart earplugs also have a notification filter and know to ping you only for the important stuff. They can also wake up you and only you (and not the rest of your hostel).
7.13.15 Tech Times
Engineers Create Better Invisibility Cloaks Using Teflon And Ceramic
"Doing whatever we want with light waves is really exciting," Boubacar Kanté of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering said in a statement. "Using this technology, we can do more than make things invisible. We can change the way light waves are being reflected at will and ultimately focus a large area of sunlight onto a solar power tower, like what a solar concentrator does. We also expect this technology to have applications in optics, interior design and art."
Engineers Create Teflon-based Invisibility Device
Research engineers have reduced the losses and size associated with "invisibility cloaks." According to the team, the cloaking device could have a number of applications, including concentrating solar energy and boosting optical communication signal speeds. A significant issue with previous invisibility cloaks is the fact that they have low reflective efficiency. Cloaks that are "lossy" impact the ability of the device to reflect light.
Futuristic Invisibility Cloak Becoming a Reality
Any true Harry Potter fan knows that the invisibility cloak has been made before, but real-life ones tend to fall short of the magical results the book's famous accessory achieved. The original attempts proved to be bulky and overly layered, which really defeats the purpose of having the cloak in the first place. Computer engineers from the University of California have figured out a way to make a cloak with a single layer of material.
7.10.15 Scientific American
Video: The robots may navigate better because 3-D printing allows for a quick combination of multiple materials.
This Jumping Robot Is Extremely Cute... And Very Difficult to Destroy
Robots: They shake hands with politicians, perform surgery, and review movies. They're also getting pretty good at moving around without hurting themselves, as a new report in Science demonstrates. The study, A 3D-Printed, Functionally Graded Soft Robot Powered by Combustion, which was highlighted by Harvard Gazette Magazine today, was authored by a group of microrobotics engineers and led by Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
7.10.15 New Scientist
We have lift off! 3D-printed robot jumps six times its height
Might as well jump. Engineers at Harvard University have printed a bot that can leap about six times its own height. The secret to its success? It's made from a combination of soft and rigid parts. Soft robots are more adaptable, safer, and more resilient than stiff metal machines, say the researchers, led by Robert Wood. But they also tend to take longer to produce. 3D printing lets us cheaply and quickly produce things that combine the advantages of rigid and soft materials.