Club Engineer News - November 2014

Club Engineer News - November 2014

  • Student Showcase: Great Balls of Fire
  • Article in The Conversation, Australia Needs Engineers, June 2014
  • Article in Inquisitr, Flying Defibrillator 'Ambulance Drone', November 2014
  • How Many Caterpillar 797 Trucks Can You See?
  • Prototype This: The Flying Lifeguard 

Student Showcase: Great Balls of Fire

Edward has recently released version 1.0 of his game, Great Balls of Fire for both Apple and Android devices.

Edward started out coding with Scratch, and deveping texture packs for Minecraft using Paint.NET. Scratch prooved too limiting so over 2014, Edward taught himself Game Maker, and the scripting language GML.

Great Balls of Fire is available for free from the App Store and Google Play Store, or through the Great Balls of Fire website.

"Make the Great Ball of Fire jump, bounce and dodge the colourful Zeppelins to stay in the air and beat your high score in this enticing, fun and harmlessly addictive game. This will be harder than you think as the better you get, the faster the game becomes. This game has just the essentials with no unnecessary features to give you the best possible gaming experience. Great Balls of Fire is great if you have just five minutes or a whole afternoon free."

Article in The Conversation, Australia Needs Engineers, June 2014

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia's chief scientist Ian Chubb, The Conversation asks how each science discipline will contribute to Australia now and in the future. Written by luminaries and accompanied by two expert commentaries to ensure a broader perspective, these articles run fortnightly and focus on each of the major scientific areas. Here, The Conversation examine where engineers can take us.

To read the full article, click the link here.

Article in Inquisitr, Flying Defibrillator 'Ambulance Drone', November 2014

During an emergency involving the heart, each minute that the ambulance loses in reaching the victim drastically brings down the chances of survival. Now a Dutch-based engineering student has designed a life-saving drone that claims to significantly bring down response time.

To read the full article, click the link here.

Time Magazine Article, See Every Single Device Connected to the Internet, August 2014

A map of every device connected to the Internet shows the wealthiest parts of the world flush with connections, while poor and sparsely populated parts of the world are blacked out — as well as a few head scratchers in between.

The map was created by John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine that probes the Internet's backend for connections to all sorts of devices from routers to refrigerators. Matherly said it took about five hours to ping every IP address on the Internet and store every positive response. It took another 12 hours to plot the responses on a heat map which glows bright orange in densely connected areas and blue and black in sparsely connected areas.

To read the full article, click the link here.

How Many Caterpillar 797 Trucks Can You See?

Below is a photo of the Caterpillar 797, one of the largest haul truck payload capacities in the world. Rated at 363 metric tons, this is the world's largest, highest payload capacity, mechanical drive haul truck. You can get a feel for its size by comparing it to the passenger car in the photo. 

Below is an open-cut mine in the Australian desert. Not that remarkable a photo as it looks like any large scale construction site or quarry where a large hole is being dug. But what if I told you there were 32 Caterpillar 797 trucks in the pit? That would give you a completely different feel for the scale wouldn't it?


 If we zoom the photo about 10x, it's possible to see the trucks, still looking as small as ants.

Six trucks in photo below, which is only a tiny corner of the pit.

This gives you a feel for the size of such a mining project.

How long do you think it would take to drive a truck from the bottom of the pit to the top? Do they ever get a 'truck jam' at peak hour? How much fuel do you think they use in a round trip? What do they cost to service? And finally, how do they get the ore from the pit to the purification plant?

Closing Message - Prototype This: The Flying Lifeguard

Prototype This is a 13 part TV series where four inventors (Dr. Mike North, Terry Sandin, Joe Grand and Dr. Andrew 'Zoz' Brooks) take a product idea from dream to prototype in two weeks. The show features some crazy film-making post production, but more importantly brilliant mechanical engineering, electronics and software development. I’m sure you will enjoy this taste of Prototype This, where the engineer attempt to develop an autonomous life guard.  (The topic is of interest to Club Engineer as we are working on a project to build a robot that can shoot a ping pong ball into a hoop after doing all the necessary calculations.)

 Click here to watch.

Prototype This: Flying Lifeguard


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