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🐉 The “Hardware Studio” resource hub that Kickstarter, Avnet, and Dragon Innovation announced in May
is now live!

⌚ Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky writes about what the smartwatch development process taught him about
building hardware.

💉 If you’ve ever flinched away from a needle at the doctor’s office, you’ll be happy to hear that a new 3D fabrication technique allows for multiple vaccinations
in a single injection.

🖨 Engineers from HRL and UCSB have developed a method for 3D printing
high-strength aluminum parts.

💠 Environmental systems researchers have found that
graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace some scarce materials and conflict minerals.


📅 Lean and Agile project management methods have gained popularity in software development, but they were originally
developed by Toyota and can be used for other hardware projects today.

🌲 Materialize.X is using new materials and production techniques to disrupt the
engineered wood industry.

🔨 Core77 interview two craftsmen on the 17th-century Japanese hand-hammering “
Choukin” technique.

👁 Check out this neat video on how
prosthetic eyes are made.

🔩 We just wrote a new
Threading 101 post to explain the nuts and bolts of these common fastening features!

😢 Hand Tool School’s Shannon Rogers explains why you shouldn’t
tear up over tear out.


🚗 Lyft and Udacity have come together to launch a nanodegree in
self-driving cars, and Lyft is offering 400 scholarships to communities underrepresented in tech.

🚙 Consumers waiting for driverless vehicles to improve road safety may be overlooking the
boring, near-term advances that could make a real difference.

🚚 TechCrunch takes a look inside Embark’s mission to make
autonomous trucking a reality.

🚎 Who chooses what people self-driving cars kill? Jay Donde frames the self-driving car’s trolley problem in terms of the
American jury’s Hand rule.


⚙ SRI’s Alexander Kernbaum has introduced an ultra-compact, infinitely variable transmission for robotics called the
Inception Drive.

👢 Take a look at the demanding ‘
boot camp’ that Boston Dynamics puts their robots through.

💡 The Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks -
Brett - uses reinforcement learning to navigate new environments and solve problems on its own.

👀 Swiss researchers have developed an eye-inspired camera that enables drones to better process
low-light environments.

💪 Researchers at Columbia have developed a 3D-printed synthetic muscle for soft robotics that can lift
1,000 times its own weight.


📱 Check out iFixit’s teardown of the new
iPhone 8.

⚡ Scientists at the University of Chicago have developed a method to make stacks of semiconductors just
a few atoms thick.

〰 Engineers at Lancaster University have devised a method to convert the vibrations of
traffic energy into power.

🔋 Hackaday breaks down the science behind
lithium cell characteristics and safety.

📈 The world is gradually moving toward renewables, but to achieve
100% renewable energy, we need better batteries.


We’d love all of your feedback and any suggestions for articles to include in our next newsletter. Please email us!
See you all next week!

- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban


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