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Engineering news roundup #4

The impact of engineering is all around us. 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.

When Art meets Augmented Reality

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A stunning wall mural by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is being put up in Brooklyn to celebrate women in science. What makes the mural extra-special is its use of augmented reality to provide contextual information and overlay animations to further immerse users.

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A robotic hand to help curb lonliness

To provide companionship during the COVID-19 pandemic, engineers from Japan’s Gifu University have built a robot to hold hands with. The hand even produces liquid to mimic a sweaty palm! Bizarre or beneficial? You decide…

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Self-driving taxis

A self-driving car service from Moscow, by tech company Yandex,  is now operating in Las Vegas. They have an army of driverless cars that cruise around 24/7 and only need a human operator when they run out of fuel!

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3D-printing for damaged knees

3D printing continues to offer beneficial applications for healthcare. This time, scientists have printed cartilage and supporting structures that can be used as a replacement of damaged cartilage in your knee caused by injury or arthritis.

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Using virtual reality to harness design

Hyundai is using virtual reality tools to speed up and enhance its design processes, with the introduction of a ‘virtual seat buck’. This nifty device enables the design team to experience both vehicle interior and exterior designs in the virtual world, and quickly share design data with engineers virtually, improving global communication between teams.

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