engineering http://www.kplu.org en UW Team Invents Gesture Recognition Technology That Pulls Power From Thin Air http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-team-invents-gesture-recognition-technology-pulls-power-thin-air <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Washington research team has developed technology that could let people control devices with hand gestures. And the sensor doesn’t use battery power; it pulls electricity out of thin air.</span></p><p>Technology to read hand gestures already exists in devices like Microsoft’s Kinect. But most of it uses cameras or beams, which make it expensive and hungry for electricity.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:01:11 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 14291 at http://www.kplu.org UW Team Invents Gesture Recognition Technology That Pulls Power From Thin Air Possible Reasons Boeing Plans 777X Design Outside of Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/possible-reasons-boeing-plans-777x-design-outside-seattle <p>In a blow to Boeing's traditional base in the Puget Sound region, the company says it will do "much of the detailed design" for its next 777 wide-body jet in other states and Russia.&nbsp;</p><p>Two top executives in Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, Mike Delaney and Scott Fancher, told employees in a memo today that engineering teams in Charleston, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Long Beach, California; Philadelphia; and St. Louis. Engineers in Moscow will also help.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:12:40 +0000 Ashley Gross 10726 at http://www.kplu.org Possible Reasons Boeing Plans 777X Design Outside of Seattle UW Engineer's Design Could Help Deaf People Enjoy Music http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-engineers-design-could-help-deaf-people-enjoy-music <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Engineers at the University of Washington have developed a way for some deaf people to enjoy music. The findings could help people with cochlear implants, a bionic inner ear that allows deaf or hearing-impaired people to hear speech, albeit in kind of a robot voice.</span></p><p>Cochlear implants can be a lifesaver for people without hearing, but when it comes to music, this very practical device can&rsquo;t carry a tune to save its life.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10417 at http://www.kplu.org UW Engineer's Design Could Help Deaf People Enjoy Music Wash. universities look to 'redshirt' freshman engineers for one year http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-universities-look-redshirt-freshman-engineers-one-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some freshmen engineering students at Washington’s largest universities will get an extra year to find their footing, thanks to a new “academic </span>redshirting”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> program. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The idea of redshirting comes from college sports, and here’s how it works: When Huskies quarterback Keith Price joined up as a freshman in 2009, he didn’t take the field. Instead he got a year of practice and workouts to acclimate before starting his four years of eligibility.</p><p>Now the University of Washington, along with Washington State University, want to apply that to academics.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8740 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. universities look to 'redshirt' freshman engineers for one year