Publications

ExtremeTech- by Ryan Whitwam - 04/01/2019
Boston Dynamics robots are always impressive pieces of engineering, and often unsettlingly humanoid. They don’t usually have a specified purpose, though. The latest creation from Boston Dynamics is aimed squarely at warehouses. The redesigned Handle robot looks like a mechanical ostrich that can stack and unstack boxes. Unlike a human, Handle never gets tired or needs a break. 
xeconomy- by Sarah Schmid Stevenson - 04/01/2019
Silicon Valley startup FarmWise this week announced a new partnership with Livonia, MI-based Roush, a legacy manufacturer and engineering services firm, to develop and test an autonomous machine that weeds row crops. FarmWise co-founder and chief technology officer Thomas Palomares declined to disclose the monetary value of the partnership.
A team of researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) have found a new inspiration for designing a robot that can move more like a human: an Olympic gymnast.
cnet- by Shelby Brown - 03/20/2019
The country is reportedly taking high-tech steps to make sure "smartphone zombies" don't walk into traffic.
Optics & Photonics News- by Sarah Michaud - 02/27/2019
Researchers from Penn State University, USA, have drawn inspiration from the glowing bellies of fireflies to design a more efficient light-emitting-diode (LED) bulb (Optik, doi: 10.1016/j.ijleo.2019.01.043). The design includes asymmetrical micropyramid structures, similar to those found on the surface of a firefly’s glowing abdomen, etched onto the outer surface of an LED.
Stanford News- by Erin I. Garcia De Jesus - 03/18/2019
Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen presents an alternative to fossil fuels, but purified water is a precious resource. A Stanford-led team has now developed a way to harness seawater – Earth’s most abundant source – for chemical energy.
The Verge- by Andrew J. Hawkins - 03/20/2019
Volvo said on Wednesday it will use cameras installed inside its vehicles to monitor driver behavior and intervene if the driver appears to be drunk or distracted. It’s a risky move by an automaker, even one with a reputation for safety like Volvo, which could raise concerns among privacy advocates.