In this week’s episode of the Engineering Update starring Editor Kasey Panetta (@kcpanetta), Digital Editor Jason Lomberg (@JasonECNMag), and WDD’s Editor-in-Chief, Janine E. Mooney (@JMooneyWDD):
The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine
To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now. Researchers from Australia’s Monash University have created what they describe as the world’s first 3D-printed jet engines.
Glasses that prevent facial recognition
With the advent of facial recognition technology comes a discussion about a right to privacy. Since this technology is inevitable and court cases have shown that if you’re in a public space, you’re fair game, there has been a rash of identity protecting products presenting themselves. AVG has created a prototype of glasses that they claim will make it impossible for this technology to figure out who you are.
Google’s Titan Drones to take flight
Monday at Mobile World Congress, Sundar Puchai, senior VP at Google, discussed how Google is working on three big programs that hope to connect some of the 4 billion people currently without Internet access. Titan, the drone company Google acquired in April 2014, will be conducting its first test flight later this year.
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