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Nauti-Craft Marine Suspension

Nauti-Craft Marine Suspension

If you’ve ever been on a boat in choppy seas, you know how stomach-churning it can be. Nauti-Craft has developed an active suspension system similar to the one used to smooth out cars and trucks on bumpy rides. While it can’t totally cancel out waves, it does dramatically mitigate them.

Designing the Perfect Runway

Designing the Perfect Runway

While most airports have designed their runways to take advantage of wind patterns, some have less than optimal layouts for efficiency and safety. Real Engineering takes out a clean sheet of paper to explain what he thinks the ideal runway setup might look like.

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Nissan ProPILOT Golf Ball

Nissan ProPILOT Golf Ball

Inspired by the ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistance tech coming to some of its cars, Nissan engineered a golf ball that drives itself to the hole once on the putting green. The ball has an internal motor and works with an overhead camera and sensors to make its way to the cup regardless of how the player hits the ball.

10 Strange Engines

10 Strange Engines

YouTuber JD Rock’s picks for the strangest engines invented or currently in development. The list includes the hypersonic harbinger SABRE, the highly scalable and versatile camless engine, and the mind-boggling EmDrive.

Restoring a Parking Meter

Restoring a Parking Meter

With the advent of pay stations and mobile parking apps, meters are becoming a rare sight. But these coin-collecting dinosaurs still have some neat mechanical bits worth exploring inside of them, as Rescue & Restore shows when he tears down a 1960s Duncan meter and makes it like new again. That shiny red coat is a thing of beauty.

Ciari Ascender Folding Guitar

Ciari Ascender Folding Guitar

Musician Jonathan Spangler and luthier Joe Glaser developed this innovative electric guitar that features a folding neck. Thanks to its ingenious mechanism, it can fit under an airplane seat, but still offers performance-quality play when unfolded. Register your interest in buying one on the Ciari website.

Marble Machine X Plays Drums

Marble Machine X Plays Drums

From the looks of things, musician, and instrument designer Wintergatan has nearly completed the build of his long-in-progress follow up to his original marble machine. After showing us the amazing marble elevator, he’s ready to play some percussion with the intricate contraption.

How a Pull-back Toy Car Works

How a Pull-back Toy Car Works

Ever wonder how the mechanism in those toy cars work so you simply pull them back, and then they zoom forward? Explainer of things Jared Owen’s animation shows us the inner workings of these spring-powered cars and how they store and release energy.

3D Printed Shape-shifters

3D Printed Shape-shifters

Engineers from MIT have developed 3D-printed objects with embedded magnetic particles that allow them to change shapes in an instant. The current prototypes are mere playthings, but the tech could give way to tiny, remote-controlled medical devices.

The Engineering of Droplets

The Engineering of Droplets

The Engineer Guy explains how droplets form. It happens when fluid is allowed to drip such that it takes a form with the smallest surface area – a sphere. By vibrating the fluid’s container, one can control how fast droplets form. This knowledge is used in printing, painting, and even medical applications.

BarrelMover 5000

BarrelMover 5000

One of the more dangerous jobs in the world is that of a highway construction worker, so anything that can improve their safety is worth a look. The BarrelMover 5000 is an ingeniously simple invention, capable of moving barrels while keeping workers safely inside a vehicle.

TossingBot

TossingBot

Engineers from Princeton University and Google Brain Robotics show off a pair of robotic arms which work together with custom algorithms to toss and catch small objects. Machine learning allows the system to quickly figure out how to toss new objects accurately.

MIT Mini Cheetah Robot

MIT Mini Cheetah Robot

Engineers from MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab show off a small version of their cheetah-inspired robot that can not only run, sidestep, and balance itself better than just about any ‘bot we’ve seen, but it can do backflips, and right itself if knocked down.

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Festo BionicSoftHand

Festo BionicSoftHand

Robotics firm Festo shows off its impressive design for a pneumatic hand with flexible fingers that can grip things like humans do. It uses AI tech to learn to grasp objects, and has sensors to help it model the shape of the object it’s holding.

Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

For a DARPA tech demo, CMU National Robotics Engineering Center developed wheels which can transform back and forth between round and triangular shapes instantly, with tank-like grip on soft surfaces in track mode, and a more conventional ride in wheel mode.

Coil Wrapping Machine

Coil Wrapping Machine

A wonderfully satisfying bit of engineering wizardry. What you’re looking at is a specialized industrial machine which spins a roll of plastic wrap around a freshly-milled steel coil until it’s fully protected for shipment. Here’s a slightly more sleepy look at a similar machine.

The Foldable Drone

The Foldable Drone

The University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group have developed a drone that can autonomously change size to fit through tight openings. The result is a stable quadrotor which can more reliably access disaster sites, improving search and rescue operations.

The Omnicopter

The Omnicopter

Engineers from ETH Zurich developed this innovative cube-shaped drone which can generate force in any direction, allowing it to more easily change directions, and fly with greater agility than traditional UAVs which have all of their fans oriented at the same angle.

Chapman Hydroscope Demo

Chapman Hydroscope Demo

A demonstration video of one of the most impressive pieces of pro filmmaking gear ever made. Chapman Leonard’s Hydroscope crane can smoothly extend up to 73 feet, works underwater, and can stabilize shots with even the heaviest of camera gear attached.

Bladeless Drone

Bladeless Drone

Engineer Mark Rober tipped us off to this impressive build by high school senior Stefano Rivellini. His flying machine uses four 90mm ducted fans concealed inside of a bent carbon fiber tubes. The result is a drone without the risk of injury from spinning fan blades.

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Debunking the Flying Phone

Debunking the Flying Phone

A while back, a video made the rounds showing what was supposedly a flying phone case. We figured it was fake, but as Mark Rober and Captain Disillusion point out, it also scammed people out of cash. Keep an eye on Peter Sripol’s channel for his WORKING version.

Transformable Auditorium Seating

Transformable Auditorium Seating

Time-lapse footage captured from the Swiss Tech Convention Center, which has installed a complex network of spiral lifts which can reconfigure the number, arrangement, and height of 2,300 of its seats with the push of a button. Engineered by Gala Systems.

Shoe-tying Robot

Shoe-tying Robot

If you have trouble tying your shoelaces, there are some great alternatives out there. But if you’re a mechanical engineer, you might build yourself a robot to perform the task for you, like these UC Davis students did. It’s not exactly fast, but it does get the job done.

Are Electric Planes Possible?

Are Electric Planes Possible?

More cars than ever are relying on electricity for propulsion, but using electric motors and batteries for aircraft poses challenges. Real Engineering explores whether a pure electric flyer would be possible, and why it’s so difficult to achieve. Caution, physics equations ahead.

MIT Cheetah 3 Robot

MIT Cheetah 3 Robot

MIT continues to improve upon its fast-moving Cheetah robot. In addition to its speed, it can now leap or gallop on rugged terrain, recover its balance, and climb stairs even if they’re covered with obstacles. Plus, it does all of this without the aid of cameras or visual sensors.

OpenDrop Microfluidics Controller

OpenDrop Microfluidics Controller

An amazing demonstration of the OpenDrop V3 – a compact system which uses current to precisely control the movement of fluids across the surface of an electrically charged grid. Thanks to its sophisticated control software, it can even play Frogger!

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