The Engineering Edge

The Engineering Edge

By DesignSpark

Professor Lucy Rogers is on location, finding out how every day technology is providing people with an engineering edge.

Episodes

S2 E6: Expansion Pack: Keeping Bees Buzzing

In this expansion pack for Episode 6 - The Everyday Tech...Keeping Bees Buzzing, we looked at hive monitoring and in this final episode of the series, Lucy shares how she built her own home temperature monitoring kit. Also see the project in detail through this article: is it hot in here? For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
18/04/219m 24s

S2 E6: The Everyday Tech Keeping Bees Buzzing

In Episode 6 Lucy discovers how temperature sensors are helping fight the decline of one of nature’s most important pollinators. She talks to Broodminder founder Rich Morris about hive monitoring, Beekeeper Sara Hilt about how she quintupled her bee population and Professor Christina Grozinger about how data from sensors powered by everyday tech could help reverse bee decline.  Plus, can Lucy use the tech for herself to stop her ice-creams from melting? For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
11/04/2130m 34s

S2 E5: Expansion Pack: The Everyday Tech Growing the Future of Food

In this expansion pack for Episode 5 - Lucy talks to (at the time of recording) Ocado’s Chief Technology Offer Paul Clarke about dark kitchens and the future of food production and distribution. For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
04/04/2115m 17s

S2 E5: The Everyday Tech Growing the Future of Food

In Episode 5 Lucy discovers how humidity and moisture sensors are helping to revolutionise the way we grow our food. She talks to Adam Waterman at LettUs Grow about aeroponic farms that can manage themselves, and Le Lan Anh from Mimosa Technology on how everyday tech sensors are helping Vietnamese farmers manage scarce water supplies. Plus, can Lucy use the tech for herself to keep her own plants alive when she’s off on her adventures?  For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
28/03/2128m 16s

S2 E4: Expansion Pack: The Everyday Tech students launched with NASA

The show that explores how everyday tech can be used in extraordinary ways. In this tongue in cheek expansion pack for Episode 4 - RFID tags, Lucy finds her lab going haywire when her RFID tagging gets out of hand… For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
21/03/214m 6s

S2 E4: The Everyday Tech Students Have Launched with NASA

In Episode 4 Lucy discovers how students flew RF tags (as used in passes and security labels) into space to test a new way for satellites to communicate. She talks to mechanical engineer Julie Cox about how she launched her experiment, Mission Manager Scott Higginbotham about why NASA likes to work with student innovators and Professor Hiroaki Akiyama about other everyday tech being used in space research.  Plus, what happens when Lucy gets given a load of RFID tags to play with? For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
14/03/2130m 58s

S2 E3 Expansion Pack: Revealing Wildlife Secrets

The show that explores how everyday tech can be used in extraordinary ways. In this expansion pack for Episode 3 - Accelerometers, Lucy takes you behind the scenes on how she built a smart collar for Encke. For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
07/03/218m 12s

S2 E3: The Everyday Tech Revealing Wildlife Secrets

In Episode 3 Lucy discovers how accelerometers are helping conservationists better understand animals in the wild. She talks to researcher Danielle Brown about why accelerometers are a game-changer compared to GPS and animal movement expert Rory Wilson shares the mystery of the kicking albatrosses...  Plus, what happens if you attach a smart collar to your pet dog? For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
28/02/2133m 28s

S2 E2: Expansion Pack: Lucy Builds a Navi-hat

The show that explores how everyday tech can be used in extraordinary ways. In this expansion pack to Episode 2 - Haptic Motors, Professor Lucy Rogers shares a step by step guide to how she built her Navi-hat.  For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
21/02/2110m 54s

S2 E2: The Everyday Tech Giving Humans a Sixth Sense

In Episode 2 Lucy discovers how haptic motors are being used to give humans a sixth sense. She talks with feelSpace founder Susan Wache about the innovative Navibelt, Dario Madani about how as a blind user it’s transformed his life, and science writer Matthew Hutson about the other ways researchers are trying to give humans a sixth sense.  Plus, can Lucy use a home-made Navi-hat to find herself some ice-cream? For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
14/02/2136m 16s

S2 E1 Expansion Pack: Jude Pullen Interview

In this expansion pack to Episode 1 - 3D Printers, Lucy talks to technologist and prototyping expert Jude Pullen (Big Life Fix, Great British Inventions with Sir David Jason) about the art of 3D printing in space and whether future astronauts will also need to be makers. For more great shows, makes and content visit designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
07/02/2114m 18s

S2 E1: The Everyday Tech that could take us to the Moon

The Engineering Edge Podcast returns to explores how everyday tech can be used in extraordinary ways. In S2 E1 Lucy discovers how 3D printers could transform the future of space exploration. She talks to Matt Napoli from Made in Space about recycling waste plastic and moon dirt into printer ink, Dr Tommaso Ghidini from the European Space Agency about how future explorers might 3D print new body parts and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti about the art of 3D printing in space. Plus, can Lucy 3D print with earth dust?  For more great shows, makes and content visit www.designspark.com/podcasts. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell a friend!
01/02/2138m 44s

S1 E4: Lucy Goes Into Space and Time

How can everyday tech give space-based atomic clocks... The Engineering Edge? Professor Lucy Rogers PhD is heading to Surrey Space Centre, one of the world leaders for low-cost technology and applications for the space industry. She is finding out how they are using everyday technology to develop a laser system for use in the next generation of atomic clocks, which are bound for space, replacing the microwaves currently used in existing clocks such as those in Galileo.
02/02/2020m 57s

S1 E3: Lucy Goes Nuclear

How can everyday tech give nuclear fusion energy... The Engineering Edge? Professor Lucy Rogers PhD is heading to the UK's National Research Laboratory for Fusion Energy, the Culham Centre, in Oxfordshire. It is the home of JET, the Joint European Torus, which is the world's largest operational magnetically confined plasma physics experiment. Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is researching how the process that powers the Sun could be turned into carbon-free, safe and abundant electricity for a cleaner planet. But how have they been using everyday technology to provide the best possible conditions for experimentation and subsequent data analysis across Europe?
06/01/2020m 38s

S1 E2: Lucy Goes Animatronic

How can everyday tech give the UK's oldest theme park... The Engineering Edge? Professor Lucy Rogers PhD is heading to Blackgang Chine, the UK's oldest theme park. Named after a coastal ravine, Blackgang Chine opened in 1840 and is still going strong today. Being on an island, has often meant having to innovate to survive - and this mindset has been a really important part of Blackgang’s story. Most theme parks can attract people from miles away, however Blackgang Chine attracts people already on the Isle of Wight, who do not have huge budgets to spend. So how have they been using technology to keep the theme park competitive?
01/12/1921m 32s

S1 E1: Lucy Goes Drone Racing

How can everyday tech give drone pilots...The Engineering Edge? Professor Lucy Rogers PhD is heading to the UK Drone Racing Open to witness some of Europe’s top pilots compete to be crowned the British Champion 2019. The top racers from this event will qualify for the world championships in China. Listen as she wears the goggles and attempts to get an insight into the fast-paced world of drone racing. With so many parts and specifications to choose from, how do competitors master the task of creating the best possible drone? And with so many variables, how do you know which component is making the difference?
04/11/1922m 51s
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