News archive - July 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Students hit the right notes with accessible instruments

A class of systems design engineering students has proven that just about anyone can play a musical instrument, even individuals with complete hearing loss.

On Monday, students in Matt Borland’s SYDE 361 course gave an end-of-term concert demonstrating what they designed over the past three months for people with various disabilities.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hard or soft? State-shifting new material can be both

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have created a new material that can go from a soft gel to a hard solid and back again at the same temperature.

The switchability of the material - a combination of supercooled melted salt and polymers that the researchers call sal-gel - means it has two stable and reversible solid states for potential use in a range of technologies including soft robotics, adhesion and adhesives, and aeronautics.

Monday, July 29, 2019

New alum take school project to an English castle

In what could have a fairy-tale ending, four recent engineering alumni are advancing their school project at the Hult Prize Startup Accelerator located in a 16th century English castle.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Startup with Faculty ties joins Amazon accelerator program

A local education technology startup with a strong Waterloo Engineering connection is part of a three-month Amazon Alexa accelerator program taking place in Seattle.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Capstone team captures top award in accessibility contest

A mechanical engineering Capstone Design team that created a wheelchair with enhanced comfort, speed and control has won a top prize in the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) national competition.

The Enhanced Mobility Wheelchair team developed an augmented wheelchair with a novel drive system to provide greater ergonomic support and promote good posture even when the operator is tired. Selectable gear ratios greatly improve motion efficiency on a variety of terrains.

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