Professor Homayoon Kazerooni is a robotics engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, with more than 40 patents to his name. His research on exoskeletons relies on more than just ingenuity and engineering expertise. It's also an example of how inspiration can play a part in the innovation process, the simple desire to help other humans.
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3-D printing is an innovative manufacturing technique developed by Professors Michael Cima and Emanuel Sachs†from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Once just used to create working prototypes, 3-D printers are now used†by†people from engineers to home inventors to†make objects from their imaginations.
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At Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., computer scientist Sebastian Thrun and his team of software engineers are creating a fleet of self-driving cars. His innovative approach to artificial intelligence is what makes these cars such a success.
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By adding carbon fiber to concrete mixture, a slab of concrete is able to conduct electricity. "Smart concrete" has many potential applications, including helping structural engineers to identify trouble spots in a concrete structure long before stress or cracking is visible to the human eye.
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