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New, potentially life-saving, headphone technology debuted this year at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Known as Audio Augmented Reality (AAR), the wearer can use this technology to selectively cancel out sounds they do not want to hear, while enhancing those sounds they need to hear. The headphones can be programmed via an app to recognize various “audio triggers” picked up by the headphones’ external microphones. These triggers can include the wearer's own name being called, a bike bell, or even the honking of a car horn. To enable the wearer to hear these vital sounds, the headphones would turn down the audio in response. Conversely the headphones could be programmed to cancel out sounds that the wearer does not want to hear, such as a neighbor’s barking dog. This technology has the potential to improve safety for headphone-wearing pedestrians and cyclists, and reduce countless accidents each year.
The MTConnect Student Challenge is an innovation competition that seeks student-created ideas and applications utilizing the MTConnect Standard.
The MTConnect Student Challenge is an opportunity for all U.S.-based undergraduate and graduate students. It may be of particular interest to those studying engineering or computer science disciplines.
- Students possess the skills, talent, and creativity to develop solutions that are critical to advanced manufacturing.
- Build relationships with potential employers by demonstrating initiative to learn about their needs and propose solutions.
- This Challenge is a natural fit as a thesis or capstone project for students who need to demonstrate proficiency and subject mastery.
- A total of $33,000 will be awarded - $10,500 for the Ideation Competition and $22,500 for the Application Development Competition.
The deadline has been extended to March 15, 2016
To learn more visit: http://web.ncdmm.org/cn/ackdg/Mtconnect
Engineers at Tel Aviv University have developed a miniature jumping robot inspired by the characteristics and movement of the locust. The researchers designed the robot, known as TAUB, around the locust's basic biomechanical features as well as its great ability to use stored mechanical energy when jumping. The robot is powered by a small battery and can be controlled remotely using a microcontroller. The researchers employed a 3D printer to create the robot's body out of the same type of plastic used in Lego blocks. The legs of the robot were created using rods, springs, and wire. The robot is approximately five inches long and weighs less than one ounce. It can jump 11 feet in the air and cover a distance of 4.5 feet in a single leap. The researchers envision that the robot will prove useful in surveillance and search and rescue operations.
Learn basic programming skills with the "Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code" tutorial on Code.org. Drag and drop blocks of code to program the BB-8 droid to walk and collect bits of scrap metal. Team up with Princess Leia to build your own game featuring R2-D2 or C-3PO. Play your game on your smart phone and share your completed game with friends.
We are pleased to announce the judge's choice and people's choice winners in the IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition.
Judge's Choice winner: Madeline Loui & Alicia Loui
Nominated by IEEE Member: Alexander Loui
Animation title: The Future of Fitness
People's Choice winner: Andrei Cristian Smărăndoiu
Animation Title: Smart Home - Improving Life Quality and Reducing Environmental Impact
Congratulations to our winners and to all who challenged themselves to develop a creative animation in this year’s competition!
Submit your entry in the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay Contest! Imagine yourself as an engineer working on a promising new technology. You may want to consider some of the technologies currently being developed to address one of Engineering’s Grand Challenges.
Write an essay briefly describing the technology and what improvements you think it can provide in at least one of the four main areas of engineering responsibility:
- Well-being, and
- Environmental sustainability
Discuss any challenges to safety, health, well-being, and sustainability that this technology might present, and describe what you, as an engineer, would do or consider to be sure that your responsibilities are fully addressed.
The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories :
- Elementary School Students (grades 3-5); Essays must be 400 to 700 words.
- Middle School Students in (grades 6-8); Essays must be 600 to 1100 words.
- High School Students (grades 9-12); Essays must be 1000 to 1500 words.
Be sure to read the full Rules and Requirements:
Submit your essay via the
by February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm EST.
You are invited to compete in "Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes," a competition that asks individual high school students to submit an original idea for a superhero, using modern nanotechnology research to inspire unique "gear" for their hero. Students will submit a short written entry, as well as a short video or comic, that illustrates their superhero's nanotechnology-enabled gear. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their creation at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
Vote for your favorite finalist in the 2015 IEEE Spark Animation Competition! In this year's challenge, participants were invited to create and record an original animation based on the theme “Smart!” such as “Smart Homes,” “Smart Cars,” or other Smart technologies.
In the latest issue of IEEE Spark, get a glimpse into the world of smart buildings! Learn about the technologies that are creating efficiencies where we live, work, and play; meet an innovator in smart building design; build a passive solar house; and learn how you can make your own home smarter.
This is a residential program.
Summer 2016 Sessions:
Session 1 – June 19-23
Session 2 – June 26-30
Session 3 – July 17-21
Session 4 – July 24-28
To learn more visit: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs