Why I’m (Uncomfortably) Obsessed
With This Smart Fridge
By Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta
Part of the reason this job rocks my socks off is because
of the absurd amount of very cool technology coming
out that I, humble editor of ECN, get to report on. That
being said, I’ve never been quite this unexcited to be
excited about forthcoming technology.
I’ve heard a lot of arguments against smart fridges,
starting with the fact that probably no one really needs
one. I’m not saying you’re wrong, curmudgeonly reader
who will inevitably comment on this article, I’m saying I
just don’t care.
Racing Into The Next-Generation of
By Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter
Andretti Technologies is putting the pedal to the
metal in Formula E, but not a lot of people follow the
all-electric race car circuit. In order to promote the
speedy, environmentally friendly cause, Andretti and
their technology partner TE Connectivity hosted a live
discussion on Thursday about what it takes to keep
Formula E cars going.
Formula E cars come from eight recognized
manufacturers, and are part of an effort to take race
technology into the consumer space. The design of
the cars’ chassis is strictly regulated, because the real
innovation comes in the batteries. Those batteries need
to work for a long time under high speed and high
temperatures – and even still, Formula E racers can
switch cars once during the race.
Estimated NASA budget
Average salary of
Share of U.S. drivers
very likely to buy an
Engineering Update #147:
Mind Over Matter With Bionic
➤ Mind Over Matter With This Bionic Spinal Cord
Australian scientists have created a device about the
size of a matchstick that may one day help people
with spinal cord injuries get back on their feet.
Literally. According to the University of Melbourne,
the stentrode (or stent-electrode recording array)
could allow patients to control exoskeletons or bionic
limbs using only their thoughts.
➤ Efficient and Organic Solar Panel Option
German solar technology firm, Heliatek, claims their
organic photovoltaic cells achieved 13. 2 percent
efficiency. It’s about halfway to their promised goal of
15% efficiency that they made in 2012.
➤ Electrochemical Sensor Detects Bacteria
A team led by Dr. Victoria Shanugam has been using
a cheap, disposable electrochemical sensor to find
harmful bacteria in wounds within seconds.
@Ecnonline Is everyone getting excited
for #EngineersWeek? #learning #math
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Thanks for the coverage @ecnonline and