The impact of engineering is all around us. In our first roundup for 2021, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite news stories, articles and thought pieces from the week to showcase some of the latest innovations and opinions across design engineering.
a material that can camouflage
Inspired by the colour-changing skin of cuttlefish, octopuses and squids, engineers from Rutgers university have created a 3D-printed smart gel that changes colour when exposed to light.
With natural elements often likely to break robots, engineering scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have begun exploring the idea of robots re-building themselves from found material. In space there is an abundance of ice – and so the idea of an ‘Icebot’ that can repair and rebuild has been born:
Apple signs new patent for VR gloves
Apple have won a patent for a virtual reality sensing glove, which could have useful applications from gaming to military training.
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Smart contact lenses
In engineering healthcare news, researchers have developed an ultra-thin ‘smart’ contact lens sensor system. When worn, this could enable personalised health analysis, including a temperature sensor for diagnosing potential corneal disease, and a glucose sensor for directly monitoring glucose levels.
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