Engineering – Gizmocrazed – Future Technology News Artificial Intelligence, Medical Breakthroughs, Virtual Reality Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:32:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 All About Today’s Innovative Protective Eyewear Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:30:21 +0000 All About Today’s Innovative Protective Eyewear

Safety glasses provided an added security to workers that can be the difference between keeping your vision or losing it. There’s nothing worse than getting hurt because you weren’t wearing the proper protection.

Over half a million people injure their eyes on the job every year, injuries that would have been prevented if they were wearing safety glasses or goggles. Properly made safety eyewear, like the ones you can find at this link, are designed to take high-impact collisions with debris and not break. In fact, proper eye protection can stop up to 90% of all eye injuries, so when you think about it, it should be a no-brainer to wear some at all time in the workplace. Here’s a quick guide to modern eye protection.

Why Safety Goggles Work

All safety eyewear must conform to higher standards than your regular eyewear like contacts and glasses. Regardless of the size of the lenses, they must be able to withstand much more damage without breaking. This means that even if you have regular glasses that are highly durable, they do not meet the criteria of safety glasses.

All safety lenses must go through rigorous impact tests to make sure they conform to the standards. While the tests get very specific, each test involves dropping a steel ball onto the lenses, sometimes as fast as 43 meters a second. If the lenses can withstand the impact without shattering, then they are considered good enough to protect wearers from anything on the job site.


After the impact tests, safety eyewear receives a letter grade to let the consumers know that they are up to the proper standards.

Eyewear will receive a “+” rating if it passed the impact test adequately enough. This assures consumers that the eyewear can withstand almost anything that hits them so their eyes will be protecting in many different workplace environments.

Two other grades that eyewear will receive are “V” and “S.” These stand for “photochromic” and “shaded,” respectively, are designated for use with molten metals. The shading will protect the wearer’s eyes from the flash of welding or other bright work.

All of the markings are required to be permanent. If the eyewear doesn’t meet the standards, then a removable message must be applied so the buyer knows what they are getting.

Do You Need Safety Glasses?

While there is a good chance that your employer will tell you whether or not you need safety glasses — employers can be liable if they don’t disclose the dangers of the workplace — you should still know yourself whether you need them or not.

If you work in the fields of carpentry or plumbing or work with machines in general, then it’s a good idea to wear eye protection. You never know when something can go wrong and cause eye damage, even if you’ve done it many times before.

Don’t let your eyes get ruined because you’re not wearing the proper eye protection.

About the Author: Matthew Goodwin has worked as an industrial safety officer for several years. He is taking to the web to share his tips and thoughts on keeping workers safe.

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Modern Instrumentation Applications of Motion Systems Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:54:53 +0000 Modern Instrumentation Applications of Motion Systems

The ability to measure different types of materials with precision is key to accurate data collection. Even the slightest inaccuracies could compromise the results of important research projects, something that industries such as pharmaceuticals and biomedicine must avoid at all costs. Faulty readings and conclusions could give certain populations a false sense of security, leaving them vulnerable to all types of danger. That is why many industries now rely on instrumentation via electric motor technology solutions. Here are just some of the different ways these systems are utilized for different applications.

Dosing and Dispensing Systems

These systems are used in a wide variety of industries such as chemicals, electronics, and even automobiles. These machines are also used in the pharmaceutical industry, where even a single excess drop could completely change the composition of certain medicines. Regardless of the field, precision is crucial to ensuring that the final product is perfectly composed of the right amount of each ingredient or material. Otherwise, these products may display certain defects due to poorer quality output.

Though this process can be done manually, it is not the most productive or precise method available. This type of procedure is best left to a machine that can guarantee consistent, repeatable results. Thus, dosing and dispensing systems must have reliable motor solutions that allow for more accurate dosing and mixing without sacrificing turnaround time.

Gas Detection

Most people can detect the presence of a gas leak due to the undesirable smell it causes. This is because gas suppliers intentionally add a chemical that makes the gas smell bad in order to make it easier to detect. However, there are certain gasses that occur naturally and cannot be detected by sight or smell, such as radon. Because people rarely ever realize that this gas exists, they may have already been inhaling large amounts of this dangerous gas without realizing it. Thus, portable gas detectors powered by motor solutions may be the key to saving households and businesses from combustible gasses and radiation. Because these are lightweight and portable, they can help find these unseen threats before it’s too late, regardless of location.


Many industries are now investing in technology that allows them to work at smaller and smaller sizes. Whether it’s used to develop indestructible fabric or study the smallest living structures of the human body, microscopes are essential to examining specimens up close. Manually adjusting the microscope each and every time can be a time-consuming process, one which can, fortunately, be automated.

In order to properly control the lens and aperture of this device, however, one needs a system that can provide high acceleration and low inertia. Thus, a step motor solution that incorporates disc magnet technology can provide positional accuracy for microscopes, all in a relatively compact design.

Instrumentation is sometimes taken for granted, but as with any other process, it requires only the latest technology for best results. Though they may cost quite a bit at first, these systems will pay off for themselves in a relatively short period of time. With better accuracy and quicker turnarounds, you can increase your profits while putting your employees’ skills to use in more productive pursuits.

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Volkswagen to compete in Electric Car market in US Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:45:11 +0000 Volkswagen to compete in Electric Car market in US

Volkswagen AG is going on the offensive in North America, challenging the likes of General Motors and Ford Motor Co. with a wave of new light trucks and battery-powered cars.

VW’s namesake marque will expand its range of SUVs, crossovers, and sedans and start making electric autos in North America in 2021 in a bid to “Evolve from a niche supplier” into a successful mainstream carmaker in the region, the company said.

Even before the diesel scandal, Volkswagen struggled to extend its dominance in Europe and China to the U.S., misreading American tastes for large, affordable cars.

Now, VW plans to increase its global SUV/crossover lineup to 19 by 2020 from two currently and become profitable in North and South America by then.

The North American push is part of a sweeping overhaul to improve profitability at VW, one of the auto industry’s least efficient brands.

Under the new strategy, the German carmaker’s biggest unit plans to more than triple its profit margin to 6 percent and increase sales of electric cars to 1 million vehicles per year by 2025.

Efforts to boost the margin are critical as Volkswagen faces at least 18.2 billion euros of fines and repairs in the wake of the emissions crisis.

To help cover those damages and the cost of developing battery-powered and self-driving technologies, VW reached a landmark agreement with workers last week, to cut as many as 30,000 jobs worldwide and slash 3.7 billion euros of expenses.

The electric-car transition will be funded in part by eliminating more than 2.5 billion euros of costs by scrapping underperforming conventional models, while the annual investment budget will remain stable at about 4.5 billion euros, the company said.

Burdened by its free-spending past, productivity at VW is 30 percent below its peers and the carmaker spent 60 percent more per vehicle than Toyota Motor Corp. over the past three years, Exane BNP Paribas estimates.

Globally, Volkswagen plans to sell as many as 3 million electric vehicles per year across all its divisions.

“The electric car will become the strategic core of the VW brand.”




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Your antivirus might not be protecting you from “AtomBombing” Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:57:27 +0000 Your antivirus might not be protecting you from “AtomBombing”

Security researchers have discovered a new way that allows malware to inject malicious code into other processes without being detected by antivirus programs and other endpoint security systems.

The new method was devised by researchers from security firm Ensilo who dubbed it AtomBombing because it relies on the Windows atom tables mechanism.

“What we found is that a threat actor can write malicious code into an atom table and force a legitimate program to retrieve the malicious code from the table,” Ensilo researcher Tal Liberman said in a blog post.

“We also found that the legitimate program, now containing the malicious code, can be manipulated to execute that code.”

This new code injection technique is not currently detected by antivirus and endpoint security programs because it is based on legitimate functionality, according to Liberman.

Malware programs use code injection techniques for a variety of reasons.

Banking Trojans inject malicious code into browser processes in order to monitor and modify locally displayed websites, usually banking websites.

Code injection can also be used to bypass restrictions that allow certain data to be accessed only by specific processes.

There are only a few well-known code injection techniques and many endpoint security products already have mechanisms in place to detect them.

“Being a new code injection technique, AtomBombing bypasses antivirus and other endpoint infiltration prevention solutions,” Liberman said.

If the payload does get executed and tries to inject malicious code into a legitimate application the attempt could still be detected and blocked because security vendors often monitor processes and services throughout their entire execution lifetime, he said.




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Vertical Farming Is The New Trend Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:49:36 +0000 Vertical Farming Is The New Trend

With the world population expected to be 11 billion by 2100, how are we going to feed more of these hungry mouths?

A new trend is expected to assist on that front vertical farming.

Vertical farming doesn’t promise to radically change the way we farm, only make it more efficient, productive, and take up less space.

An example is Urban Crops, a new startup that grows plants using a mixture of indoor farming techniques and hydroponics.

The whole system can turn a 50 square meter space into 500 square meters of usable farm space.

Their 30 square meter facility is able to produce 220 lettuce plants every day, using only 5% of the water needed in traditional farming.

Urban Crops is not alone in this farming revolution.

More and more companies are investing in facilities that try to do the same thing.

The biggest facility right now is a 14,164 square meter facility in Newark, New Jersey, run by Aerofarms.

This facility can produce up to 2 million pounds of fresh, leafy greens a year, and is equivalent to 139,931 square meters of actual farmland.

Target has revealed a partnership with MIT to bring vertical farming techniques to stores.

The partnership wants in-store vertical farms, that will make supermarket-bought produce fresher and, possibly, healthier.




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Kabuku and Honda partner to create first 3D printed delivery service car Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:30:08 +0000 Kabuku and Honda partner to create first 3D printed delivery service car

Japan, a very mountainous and populous country, roads, homes, and cars are necessarily small to accommodate everything.

It’s therefore hardly surprising that the first 3D printed car developed in Japan would also be on the smaller size, though who would’ve expected this? Kabuku and Honda have teamed to 3D print a very small delivery vehicle for the confectionery specialists Toshimaya, optimally using what little space is available.

Of course, 3D printed cars have been topping every list of fantastic 3D printing breakthroughs for some time, with Arizona-based Local Motors and their world’s first road-ready 3D printed car leading the way.

Many other prominent car manufacturers are also using 3D printers in one way or another, especially as prototyping tools.

In that respect, it’s hardly surprising that Honda is looking at 3D printing as well.

In a nutshell, this 3D printing specialist provides an online marketplace that lets makers upload their 3D printable designs and sells them directly to consumers everywhere.

It’s also one of the most significant 3D printing hubs in Japan and East Asia, and therefore a perfect partner for such a project.

The two companies further revealed that Kabuku, understandably, designed and 3D printed the car’s body, with Honda presumably taking care of the mechanical dimension.

Unlike other 3D printed cars out there, this vehicle has been designed with a very specific purpose in mind: delivery.

It also needed to be a very attractive advertising opportunity, and a tiny 3D printed car will doubtlessly turn heads wherever it goes.

The 3D printed mini-car was cheaper to build than conventional alternatives and is perfectly suited for its delivery task.

Kabuku reportedly relied on Rinkak’s mass-customization solutions and rapid 3D design platform to build the vehicle in just two months, much quicker than completely new non-3D printed cars.




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How the Swipe Changed how We Interact with Smartphone Games Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:13:37 +0000 How the Swipe Changed how We Interact with Smartphone Games

We have long been used to scrolling, typing and clicking as our main means of interacting with our computers, ever since the mouse was invented. Today, the touch screen has given us a whole new range of motion and new techniques for controlling our devices. Now we can swipe, drag and pivot with our fingertips and that has been a game-changer (literally).

One of the biggest mobile device trends today ( is using a mix of new motions and touches to manipulate complex game functions. Tapping is just the beginning. Though not all games have truly embraced the wide world of touch screen options, some of them have truly mastered it.


By utilizing the touchscreen, games are much more flexible than they once were. You can control any item in play with a tap or swipe, without having to select it with controller first. Movement from one item to the next is much more rapid and you simply touch, swipe or drag.

Any direction is fair game too. This is a huge improvement over the old left-right-up-down style of game controllers that could limit the directions you could move in a game. Today’s games are more fluid and versatile.

Multi-Finger Swiping

This is one of the really unique functions that can’t be replicated with conventional game controls. By contacting two fingertips to the screen, you can create a whole new motion and reaction within an app. The most common use of this is the zoom in or out function that you see in many apps, games or whatnot. Drawing two fingertips together shrinks your view, and pulling them apart lets you zoom in closer.

Another important function that multi-finger swiping allows for is the positioning of objects in 3-dimensions. By “grabbing” an object at 2 points, you can maneuver it in a myriad of directions and orientations, such as rotating, stretching or tipping.

Larger Play Areas

By utilizing the swipe motion to move menus and toolbars in and out of view, you can free up much more of your phone or tablet screen for the main gameplay. When trying to create a vibrant and engaging game environment, every square inch is vital. Actually, the entire concept of the touch screen has given us larger play areas by taking out the keyboard or control buttons from mobile devices.

Not Just the Swipe

While the various touching motions, such as the swipe, are a new interaction tool for games, most mobile devices have a few other tricks up their sleeves for creative gaming forms. Shaking, turning, tipping and moving the phone itself can be integrated into the gaming environment. Based on the internal gyroscope sensor, your phone or tablet can be very sensitive to its own position, usually seen when it moves from landscape to portrait orientation when you’re just holding it. It’s not as common a gaming tool as the usual touchscreen options, but it’s growing in popularity as game designers get creative.


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Uber’s autonomous cars offering free rides to lucky passengers Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:30:00 +0000 Uber’s autonomous cars offering free rides to lucky passengers

Today, Uber’s self-driving autonomous cars began picking up passengers in Pittsburgh, PA.

As part of their bid to build an empire that consists of cars that drive themselves, Uber just launched partially self-driving taxis.

Don’t get too excited about taking one for a spin yourself, an engineer will be in the driver’s seat to get things started and make corrections if the car makes a mistake.

To clarify, the car is the one doing the driving, but humans are needed for oversight.

Hoping to hire the taxi yourself? That may be difficult, as individuals will be randomly assigned a self-driving car when they request an UberX ride on their app.

Passengers who take a ride in the experimental self-driving cars will get their trip for free.

Notably, Uber plans to install self-driving kits into existing vehicles rather than build fully autonomous cars from the ground up.




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Get ready for the ‘impossible’ to become ‘possible’ Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:30:16 +0000 Get ready for the ‘impossible’ to become ‘possible’

An actual EM Drive is about to be launched into space for the first time, so scientists can finally figure out, once and for all if it really is possible for a rocket engine to generate thrust without any kind of exhaust or propellant.

Built by American inventor and chemical engineer, Guido Fetta, the EM Drive is as controversial as it gets, because while certain experiments have suggested that such an engine could work, it also goes against one of the most fundamental laws of physics we have.

This is because, in order for a thruster to gain momentum in a certain direction, it has to expel some kind of propellant or exhaust in the opposite direction.

The EM Drive simply goes in one direction with no propellant, and thus violates the law of conservation of momentum, which Newton derived from his Third Law.

As Fiona MacDonald put it back in June, space enthusiasts love to get excited about the EM Drive, because if it works, it has the potential to remove major barriers in our need to explore the Solar System and beyond.

Invented by British scientist Roger Shawyer back in 1999, the EM Drive, short for electromagnetic propulsion drive, purportedly works like this.

This causes the ‘pointy end’ of the EM Drive to accelerate in the opposite direction that the drive is going.

“To put it simply, electricity converts into microwaves within the cavity that push against the inside of the device, causing the thruster to accelerate in the opposite direction,” Mary-Ann Russon explains over at The International Business Times.

“This is an important step for the EM Drive as it adds legitimacy to the technology and the tests done thus far, opening the door for other groups to replicate the tests. This will also allow other groups to devote more resources to uncovering why and how it works, and how to iterate on the drive to make it a viable form of propulsion.”

On top of all of that, we’re about to see an actual EM Drive be blasted into space.

Guido Fetta is CEO of Cannae Inc and the inventor of the Cannae Drive, a rocket engine that’s based on Roger Shawyer’s original EM Drive design.

David Hambling reported for Popular Mechanics that roughly one-quarter of this shoebox-sized satellite will be taken up by the Cannae Drive, and they’ll stay in orbit for at least six months: “The longer it stays in orbit, the more the satellite will show that it must be producing thrust without propellant.”

As Hambling points out, Fetta better hurry, because of a team of engineers in China, and Shawyer himself, are both also working on their own launchable EM Drives, so someone’s going to get there first, and we seriously cannot wait to see what will happen.



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Scientist are now closer to creating a true bionic human Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:30:40 +0000 Scientist are now closer to creating a true bionic human

Sharath Sriram and his research team at RMIT have built an artificial memory cell that could one day function as the grey matter in a bionic brain.

Capable of mimicking the human brain and the way it stores information over the long term, the brain-like system can also “Learn”, simultaneously process and store multiple strands of information and is quick to retrieve information.

At its most advanced application, the tiny cell could replace humans in medical trials because the bionic brain could be “Programmed” to contain flaws such as dementia, allowing new medications to be tested.

More immediately, the memory cell can be used to create smarter computers, USB sticks with 16 times the capacity of existing memory sticks and self-drive vehicles capable of learning from their experiences on the roads.

“Our job is to make yesterday’s science fiction today’s reality,” Associate Professor Sriram said.

Though called an artificial memory cell, the materials it is made of are naturally occurring.

As a nano-devices researcher, Professor Sriram is interested in what happens to materials when they are scaled down and their behavior changes.

In the case of strontium titanate, he and his team managed to control the oxygen content to enable it to store information, the way grey matter stores information in the brain.

The memory cell is minuscule; between a few micrometers and four to five nanometers.

Unlike most scientists, “Gowning up” isn’t to protect him from the materials he is working with.

For his trouble turning science fiction into science fact, Professor Sriram was on Wednesday night honored with a “Science Oscar”, the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for an emerging leader.

It’s quite an achievement for a man who has only been in Australia for 12 years, during which time he has gained his PhD in electronic materials, built a research group from eight to 25 staff and now manages RMIT’s micro-nano research facility, where he is the founding deputy director.




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