Richard Dryden


Richard Dryden is a writer with experience in print and online media as well as social media. He has contributed to Machine Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics


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. 

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 2
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.
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.
Lumenhaus solar powered house
Motion controls find a home in energy-optimizing smart house 2

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.).

Aerovelo Atlas helicopter quad-rotor Sikorsky prize
Inside the Sikorsky Prize-Winning Human-Powered Helicopter

The Igor Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Award (a $250,000 engineering prize) was unclaimed for 33 years, but the University of Toronto recently claimed the prize with an aircraft called Atlas, which weighs 121.4 lbs., and spans 162 ft. The record-setting, pedal powered flight lasted 69.3 seconds and reached an altitude of 3.3 m (10.83ft). The U of T engineering team was led by former students Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert, who piloted the Atlas. But U of T was an underdog.

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