Richard Dryden

Richard Dryden is a writer, who has experience in print and online media as well as social media. Although Richard previously covered popular culture, he considers himself a business writer and is very excited about providing content for some of the brands in Penton’s Design Engineering & Sourcing Group. He joined Pention Media on June 17th, 2013 to write and edit for Machine DesignMedical Design, and Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Richard has always had a passion for home electronics, ranging from his stereo system to his turntables, thanks to his hobby of deejaying. He is excited to extend that passion into various mechanical-engineering areas as he broadens his coverage and expertise. Richard’s passion for journalism stems from his study of Mass Communication (Radio, Television, Film) and English, Dryden’s respective major and minor as a graduate of SUNY College at Oneonta.

Articles by Richard Dryden
Student-developed exoskeleton wins 2013 Dyson Award 3

A team of four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania won the 2013 Dyson Award competition, along with a $48,000 donation for their development of Titan Arm, a powered upper-body exoskeleton. An additional $16,000 was also awarded to UPenn’s engineering department.

Image Gallery: 2013 Auto Innovation Award Winners

The 43rd annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards gala held last week in Livonia, Mich., recognized automotive innovation and the use of plastics in ground transportation across eight categories. Teams made up of OEMs, polymer producers, and tier suppliers were nominated based on their criteria and why their part or system deserved the title of “Year’s Most Innovative Use of Plastics.” Click through the gallery for each winning design. 

Image Gallery: Hybrid LaFerrari supercar 2

Ferrari, Italy’s sports car company has introduced LaFerrari, a new hybrid supercar. The two-door vehicle is the first hybrid from Ferrari, and it cuts fuel consumption by 40%. LaFerrari’s top speed is 220 mph, and it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds. Only 499 of the cars will be built, each with a $1 million price tag. Click through the gallery for LaFerrari’s specs.

E-bike design modernizes the penny-farthing bicycle
BASF, a German chemical company that specializes in manufacturing plastics, has developed Concept 1865, an e-bike inspired by the design of a penny-farthing, a 148-year-old bicycle design.
World's largest jet engine gets greener 1
The GE9X jet engine, the largest in the world, delivers 10% more fuel efficiency compared to General Electric’s (Fairfield, Conn.) other environmentally-sensitive engine, the GE90-115B.
Rubber bushings reduce vibration in electric vehicle
A four-wheeled electric vehicle called JetFlyer, inspired by the design of a jet ski, is believed to be safer, and more comfortable than a two-wheeled scooter.
Image Gallery: A robotic menagerie 4

Boston Dynamics Corp. (Waltham, Mass.) recently completed field testing WildCat, a four-legged motorized robot. The company, which receives funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),  builds robots that mimic animals and their abilities to maneuver through rough terrain. WildCat is a second-generation quadruped that follows Boston Dynamics’ famous Cheetah robot.

World Maker Faire New York
World Maker Faire's mixed bag of inventions
Scenes from World Maker Faire New York.
Study shows humans prefer robots with human faces
New research from Georgia Institute of Technology shows that when given the choice between robots with a human appearance, a mix of human and robotic appearance, or a strictly robotic appearance, 60% of older adults want robots with human faces, and only 6% want ones that have a mixed human-robot appearance.
Profile rail guides help aeroacoustics project
University of Calif. Irvine students are studying noise attenuation of a hybrid wing-body (HWB) with the help of DryLin T profile rail guides donated by igus Inc.
More people get access to exoskeletons

Argo Medical Technologies (Marlborough, Mass.), will partner with Yaskawa Electric Corp. (Waukegan, Ill.) to expand distribution of Argo’s ReWalk exoskeleton device into Asia.
Image Gallery: Celebrating the X-15 altitude record 1

A little over 50 years ago, NASA’s X-15 rocket-powered aircraft flew to over 354, 000 ft., an altitude record that stood for over 40 years. The X-15s flew for the first time in June 1959 and made 199 flights in its 10-year history. NASA had three X-15s built as part of its hypersonic research program.

Lumenhaus solar powered house
Motion controls find a home in energy-optimizing smart house

Motion control equipment automates retractable shades inside a prize-winning sustainable smart house built by Virginia Tech University. The project is called Lumenhaus, an 800 sq. ft. solar powered home that features a linear motion control system from Thomson Industries (Wood Dale, Ill.), and servo motors by Kollmorgen Corp (Radford, Va.).

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