Episodes
In this episode, we discuss how the popularity of generative AI has led to the emergence of prompt engineering which begs the question: what is prompt engineering? By diving into the requirements to use a generative AI model effectively - and understanding the desired outcomes - we piece together the importance of this novel role as generative AI models become more integrated with our daily workflows.
Published 06/06/23
In this episode, we discuss how MIT researchers tackle the problem of counterfeit seeds by using unclonable labels made of silk nanoparticles. These labels help ensure that farmers are using genuine seeds, preventing losses and maintaining the integrity of crops.
Published 05/30/23
Published 05/30/23
In this episode, we delve into a game-changing approach developed by the University of Michigan, where 'simulated terrible drivers' in a mixed reality environment are used to drastically cut the time and cost of Autonomous Vehicle (AV) safety testing. Discover how this innovative method enhances testing by focusing on rare but critical driving events, potentially accelerating the deployment and public acceptance of self-driving cars.
Published 05/23/23
In the episode, we discuss how smart helmets can prevent head trauma by providing feedback in real time to athletes and coaches. These helmets utilize advanced technology, such as sensors and smart features, to enhance safety during activities like sports. They aim to reduce the risk of head injuries and protect the wearer's head in case of impact.
Published 05/16/23
Today, we're exploring a groundbreaking innovation from ETH Zurich that could revolutionize how we power wearable devices. It's time to say goodbye to conventional batteries and hello to a sustainable, continuous, and convenient power source.
Published 05/09/23
In this episode, we talk about how new additives could be added to concrete to help it absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, which is a major contributor to climate change. By using these additives, concrete could become a "carbon sink," which means it could potentially store more carbon than it emits, making it a more sustainable building material. This could have a positive impact on the environment and help combat climate change.
Published 05/02/23
In this episode, we discuss a new 3D printing approach by researchers at Columbia University that allows for desserts - specifically cheesecake - to be created using a 3D printer. The technology enables the creation of intricate and customizable shapes for desserts, and could revolutionize the way desserts are made in the future.
Published 04/25/23
In this episode, we talk about how robotics and artificial intelligence are being used in the sheet metal forming industry to improve safety, efficiency and precision. The use of these technologies is allowing manufacturers to produce high-quality products at a faster rate, while also reducing costs and waste.
Published 04/18/23
In this episode, we talk about a breakthrough research project that resulted in a corrosion protection coating capable of similar performance as current state of the art, lower cost per application, ability to self heal, and illuminates cracks/pits in the coating for easier detection.
Published 04/11/23
In this episode, we talk about a new satellite system from NASA that leverages technologies used in other missions to accomplish the same performance that has been delivered by heritage satellites but smaller and less complex while also being a fraction of the cost.
Published 04/04/23
In this episode we talk about how researchers at EPFL have developed a new method of 3D printing bone-like composites using bacteria-infused ink. The process involves the use of hydrogel as a printing medium that provides a scaffold for bacterial growth, which produces calcium carbonate crystals that mimic the properties of bone. The resulting material is biocompatible, biodegradable, and has potential for use in bone tissue engineering applications.
Published 03/28/23
In this episode, we discuss a new humidity sensor from Penn State researchers that enables smart diapers and a range of other health monitors. The affordable and accessible manufacturing approach required to make these flexible sensors - which consists of salt, paper, and a pencil - is very promising given that it addresses the critical shortcomings similar products for wide scale adoption.
Published 03/21/23
In this episode, we discuss how machine learning is being used to predict rare diseases by analyzing patient data, genetic information, and medical literature, allowing for inference of missing data and thus enabling research into disease patterns along with pulling high integrity data for drug development.
Published 03/14/23
In this episode, we discuss how researchers aim to reintroduce human guidance and oversight in the development and use of AI technology to address the risks of misuse and ensure deployment of models has a net positive impact.
Published 03/07/23
In this episode, we talk about a novel approach to multi-material 3D printing that’ll enable the production of soft components capable of contracting in a similar fashion to muscles.
Published 02/28/23
In this episode, we talk about NeuralTree: a neural interface capable of detecting neural impulses associated with brain disorders and countering them.
Published 02/21/23
In this episode, we talk about how a group of researchers at the University of Michigan have gained a thrust output 10x greater than what was thought to be possible by challenging preconceived limitations and how their breakthrough could hold the key for deep space travel.
Published 02/14/23
In this episode, we talk about how a boutique custom motorcycle company is leveraging 3D printing to create desired components at a fraction of the cost and time required by conventional manufacturing techniques.
Published 02/07/23
In this episode, we talk about a research study from MIT that estimates the carbon emissions associated with autonomous vehicles will match that currently produced by all of the data centers in the world along with how to address it.
Published 01/31/23
In this episode, we talk about a startup that developed a robot to eliminate the hassle of lost packages in large complexes and address the last meter delivery problem.
Published 01/24/23
In this episode, we talk about how a system inspired by nature can successfully extract the hydrogen molecules from water using sunlight at almost the same efficiency as plants. The extracted hydrogen can then be used as a clean fuel or for chemical applications.
Published 01/17/23
In this episode, we talk about our favorite episodes from 2022, our success and failures, and our goals for the new year. As always, you can find these and other interesting & impactful engineering articles on Wevolver.com.
Published 01/10/23
In this episode, we talk about about how an ant inspired robotics platform could be the future of swarm robotics due to its simple, affordable, flexible, and scalable nature.
Published 01/03/23
In this episode, we talk about a microsatellite from MIT that is testing autonomous flight while in Earth's orbit. This technology could help improve the agility and robustness of future satellite missions.
Published 12/27/22