engineering

  • MakePrintable turns 3D models into printable objects

    MakePrintable turns 3D models into printable objects

    MakePrintable, a new 3D printing site, does what it says on the tin. The service will take a 3D model – maybe one you scanned in or something you made – and modify it based on the type of printer, the material, the desired print orientation, and plate positions. It fixes rough spots, thin prints, and generally makes things printable. Founded by Muhannad Taslaq and Baha Abunojaim… Read More

  • U.S. traffic safety agency to close Tesla Autopilot investigation without recall request

    U.S. traffic safety agency to close Tesla Autopilot investigation without recall request

    The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will close the investigation it began six months ago into a driver death that occurred while using Tesla’s Autopilot highway semi-autonomous driving feature, Reuters reports. The investigation did not find cause for a recall of Tesla vehicles with Autopilot, the report claims. There’s no dispute from anyone involved… Read More

  • The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe

    The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe

    The U.S. Navy is testing a team of drone boats to protect harbors here and abroad. The boats, which are basically autonomous versions of the Rigid Hull Inflatable, are connected to a AI routing system called CARACaS. In original 2014 tests the boats worked separately to protect ships in a harbor and the new routing system now allows them to swarm as a team to surround and neutralize… Read More

  • Expanding fitness wearables in Africa, Garmin launches a watch line in Ghana with MTN Crunch Network

    Expanding fitness wearables in Africa, Garmin launches a watch line in Ghana with MTN

    Garmin has partnered with mobile telecom giant MTN to launch a line of fitness watches in Ghana. The GPS navigation and sports tech company will offer its vivoFit3, vivoMove, vivoActive, Fenix3, and vivoSmart activity trackers through select MTN Ghana distribution outlets. Read More

  • The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    Say you’re, like, um, gaming on your computer with headphones on. And you’re like… um. Really into the game? And someone sneaks up on you from behind and you don’t have time to… pause… the game? The Sentry can help prevent the embarrassment of being seen while… playing games. This fun little device is basically an IR motion sensor that can see… Read More

  • Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called “Speake(a)r,” first turned headphones connected to a PC into microphones and then tested the quality of sound recorded by a microphone vs. headphones on a target PC. In short, the… Read More

  • Airspace Systems’ ‘Interceptor’ can catch high-speed drones all by itself

    Airspace Systems’ ‘Interceptor’ can catch high-speed drones all by itself

    San Leandro-based Airspace Systems is making a business out of solving the toughest problems facing the emerging drone industry. The company designed a drone of its own, jam-packed with sensors and machine intelligence, to autonomously intercept threatening drones at high speeds and carry them away from large crowds. If you think this sounds difficult, you would be right. Read More

  • Why a design mindset matters Crunch Network

    Why a design mindset matters

    Engineers become engineers because they like to figure out how things fit together, literally and figuratively. This is not always entirely true, but usually. The lines are blurring between traditional engineers who make designs real and the designers who can now “engineer.” Technology is now allowing anyone with a design mindset to engineer a solution. Read More