Austin Tech Firm Scores License From NASA To Commercialize Advanced Fiber Optic Technology

4DSP (, a technology design company with offices in Austin and the Netherlands, recently announced today it is officially launching  live industry demonstrations of licensed NASA fiber optic sensing and 3D shape rendering technology that it licensed from the giant space agency.

The company plans to introduce the new technology into several industries including aerospace, medical devices and oil and gas. The company is also betting that live Internet demonstations of the advanced fiber optic technology, which is perfect for 3D shape-rendering and strain measurments, will encourage product designers from all kinds of engineering backgrounds to figure out as-yet undiscovered product applications.

In short, faster is better, especially if it is also more accurate. Much like Moore’s Law, which predicted that chip performance, and the resulting processing speed of computers, would double every 18 months, many traditional technologies could be about to experience a quantum leap forward if 4DSP continues to promote the NASA 3-D rendering and sensing fiber optic technology.

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Google Hangouts Just Got a Remote Desktop Feature

Google Hangouts remote desktop feature that lets you take control of another system through the chat service.

Getting started with Hangouts Remote Desktop is pretty basic. We just gave it a test drive, and everything went smoothly. The feature can be installed as an app in the hangout itself. It’s found under the “Add Apps” tab on the left of the screen. Once one person enables Remote Desktop, the other party can choose to accept or reject it. Now you’re free to click around the other person’s screen.

One feature still notably missing from Google Hangouts is the ability to record a hangout without also broadcasting it to YouTube.



What Happens to the Losing Team’s Championship Shirts?

After a Big Game in any sport, fans and players are going to be clamoring for commemorative merchandise, often just minutes after the game ends.

After the Chicago Bears’ 2007 NFC Championship win, Sports Authority printed more than 15,000 shirts proclaiming a Bears Super Bowl victory well before the game even started. And then the Colts beat the Bears, 29-17.

That’s a lot of misprinted shirts that can’t hit store shelves, and seem like fine candidates for the incinerator, instead. And for a long time, that’s where they went, with all four major American pro sports leagues — MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL — requiring the destruction of incorrect post-season apparel.

Fortunately, the leagues have changed the way they do things and now all four – plus manufacturers and retailers like Reebok, Sports Authority, Dick’s and Modell’s — instead give the gear to a group called World Vision, which saves the merch from certain doom and puts it to use.


The “Mouser 500 Engineering Challenge” Puts Engineers to the Test


Take on the Mouser 500 Engineering Challenge and help the Mouser / KV Racing Technology Team solve some of their most intriguing challenges.

Your ideas, concepts, and ingenuity could win you a new iPad3 and the chance to own a piece of IndyCar memorabilia – an autographed Tony Kanaan racing helmet! We will have 3 challenges, and you will have 45 days to come up with the best solution. Ten great ideas for each challenge will be chosen by our panel of experts and reviewed by the Mouser/KV Racing Technology Team.

10 Finalists per Challenge:
Get the official 2012 Mouser Racing T-shirt and your idea reviewed by the Mouser/
KV Racing Technology Team. One winner will receive an iPad3 HD 32GB Wi-Fi.

Grand prize:
The three winners (one per challenge) will be entered into a drawing to win a
Tony Kanaan autographed racing helmet.

Damper Temperature Control

Each IndyCar uses 4 dampers (shock absorbers) as part of its racing suspension. During race conditions, the dampers dissipate heat due to the rear dampers proximity to the engine and high loads. The challenge is to design a damper heating pad that can be heated or cooled to maintain and monitor an optimal operating temperature of 80˚C +/-5˚C throughout the race. This will require 2 separate heating pad systems (front & rear) with a single control unit.

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Successful Crowdfunding through Kickstarter: Lessons Learned (Webinar)

Successful Crowdfunding through Kickstarter: Lessons Learned

Date: June 28

Time: 2 to 3pm (Central)

Last month Samantha and her team successfully funded their 3D Printer project, the Gigabot, through Kickstarter raising over $250,000. Find out her lessons for success.

Presenter: Samantha Lynne Snabes, Founder:Catalyst, 3D Printer project

Click here to register

Printing tiny batteries

A research team from Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has demonstrated the ability to 3D print a battery.  This image shows the interlaced stack of electrodes that were printed layer by layer to create the working anode and cathode of a microbattery. (SEM image courtesy of Jennifer A. Lewis.)

3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet provide enough stored energy to power them.

To make the microbatteries, a team based at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign printed precisely interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, each less than the width of a human hair.

“Not only did we demonstrate for the first time that we can 3D-print a battery; we demonstrated it in the most rigorous way,” said Jennifer A. Lewis, senior author of the study, who is also the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Lewis led the project in her prior position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with co-author Shen Dillon, an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering there.

The results have been published online in the journal Advanced Materials.