DT & Engineering Blog: How does a Helicopter fly?

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(RED): The Very Best of Design and Innovation

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Watch Sir Jonathan Ive, KBE, and Marc Newson, two of the world’s foremost design pioneers, discuss their collaboration with musician and philanthropist Bono for Sotheby’s (RED) Auction, which celebrates the very best of design and innovation. Sotheby’s (RED) auction will take place in New York on 23 November, with all proceeds donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.

STEM Education: Developing 21st century problem solvers

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National Teacher of the Year Finalist, Rob Stephenson, presents instructional strategies and the integration of STEM education challenges in his third grade classroom. He articulates why STEM education needs to become a part of every child’s learning experience at home, at school, and within the community. Mr. Stephenson gives stakeholders practical advice on how adults can foster and protect children’s natural desire to discover and invent in order to stimulate the next generation of perseverant problem-solvers.

Rob is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2009-2010 Michigan Teacher of the Year, 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, SMART Exemplary Educator, and WKAR PBS Television “Science Minute” Host… What else can we say?

Engineering Blog: Car-Sized Autonomous Drone of the Future

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EHang, a Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company, unveiled at 2016 CES the EHang 184, the world’s first electric, personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) that will achieve humanity’s long-standing dream of easy, everyday flight for short-to-medium distances.

The EHang 184, which was named for ‘one’ passenger, ‘eight’ propellers, and ‘four’ arms, is the next wave of innovation from EHang. Having already released a successful consumer product with their Ghost Drone line, EHang is now creating another disruptive and innovative technology to propel us towards the future of solo human transport.

The 184 uses multiple independent flight control systems to automatically navigate passengers from point A to point B. These systems combine real-time data collected from sensors throughout the flight and automatically plot the fastest and safest route to carry passengers to their destinations.

The EHang 184 AAV takes off and lands vertically, subsequently eliminating the need for runways. Its foldable design solves the logistical and spatial issues that have constrained airplanes and other modes of air-travel from expanding into daily use. Mass-adoption of the 184 has the potential to streamline congested traffic and dramatically reduce the kinds of accidents associated with any human-operated vehicle.
It is 100 percent electric and doesn’t depend on fossil fuels.

Standing 1.5 meters tall and weighing 200 kilograms (440 pounds), the EHang 184 AAV has a load capacity of 100 kilograms (220 pounds), with the maximum output of 106W powered by eight motors. It’s designed to have the capability to carry a single passenger for 23 minutes’ duration flight at sea level at average cruising speed of 100 km/h.

Inside the cabin is placed a single seat, with a design similar to an F1 racing car seat. In front of the seat is a tablet console, through which passengers can easily input commands. Additionally, the cabin’s built-in air conditioner automatically adjusts the in-cabin temperature. Complete with 4G Wi-Fi Internet, EHang 184 provides passengers with comfortable and enjoyable riding experiences.

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TU Delft – Ambulance Drone

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Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.

Corrective Statement to the video: One should never leave the patient alone and always start performing CPR first. Please send out a bystander to retrieve an AED or Ambulance Drone in case of Cardiac Arrest.

Project Creator: Alec Momont – alecmomont.com

Film Director: Samy Andary – samyandary.com
Cinematographer: Tomas J. Harten – vimeo.com/user12379455
Actress: Rebecca ter Mors – rebeccatermors.com
Actor: Roland van der Velden
Speed test drone clip: SkyHero – sky-hero.com

Project Sponsor: Living Tomorrow – livingtomorrow.com
Project Facilitator: TU Delft – tudelft.nl
Project Chair: Prof.dr.ir. Richard Goossens
Project Mentor: Ir. Kees Nauta
Project Supervisor: Peter de Jonghe
Project Coordinator: Jurgen de Jaeger

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The Intricate and Beautiful World of Material Design

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Material Design is a comprehensive design specification that encompasses more than just how things look in Android. It expresses how things should react, move, and be organized based on certain key principles that are specified by Google. Here’s a look at how it all works and comes together to provide one of the most beautiful and intricate design paradigms in software history.

Why do people hate mathematics?

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As many educators know, instilling a love about mathematics can be a trial in every day practice, even to our youngest pupils. This embittering hatred towards the subject can grow and grow, with some pupils placing barriers in their own way as they decide they cannot do it! The reasons behind this are explored in this interesting video, published by Numberphile, where Professor Edward Frenkel describes the problem with a poor early appreciation and understanding of the subject, advocating that maths learning should firmly be placed in real-world/daily life experiences.

The author of “Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality“, Professor Frenkel accepts some of the blame of this hatred, as mathematicians are not as good as scientists at sharing the ‘secret’ to their art, and this should be opened for all to enjoy the joys of maths.