Stateware finished its first release of the Dav3i project. We presented the project and what we learned during the course of the semester to our client, sponsors, including IBM representative Rich Prewitt who was a big help this semester, faculty, and fellow students at an end of the semester event. The product was well received and attendees were impressed at the lessons we learned in the pilot semester of Stateware. We plan to continue to expand Dav3i next semester to meet more advanced demands of the client. The Stateware group was impressed at what we were able to accomplish on this software this semester, and the improvement we made in the understanding of our client’s data, and we are excited to see what we can do with it moving forward.
With so much unrest and so many active military operations being deployed around the world, the potential for serious injury or death for the fighting forces mounts incalculably. As this state of affairs does not look to be on the wane in the foreseeable future, it is necessary to take measures to protect (to the best of our ability) those that are put in harm’s way. Here is a novel approach, almost magical if you will, to make oneself ‘invisible’.
Brian J. Tillotson, a senior research fellow at Boeing, has come up with a device that would heat the air in front of the spot where a bomb goes off. In one version, a detector “sees” an explosion before the shock wave hits. “Though the armor plating on a military vehicle might stop the debris from a roadside bomb from injuring a soldier, it can’t shield against the shock waves generated by such explosions. The blast wave goes right through a human body and causes massive trauma.” Read about the invention that aims to mitigate the damage…
What military or civilian applications are you working on that might have life-saving effects?
The word “nerd” has been applied to those of a particularly scholarly or bookish disposition. (Generally, it’s not used in a complimentary fashion. It’s also been the name of a candy – but that’s another story altogether.) Perhaps ‘nerd-i-ness’ will get a better reputation from it being the appellation of a new item: the Nano-Electro-Robotic Device (NERD) – a robotic germ! It’s a different slant, and it comes from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
“The research is the latest entry in the first generation of bio-electromechanical devices designed to combine living organism with nonliving technology to conduct research and solve a variety of different problems by using miniature machines too small for the naked eye to see.”