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Sound used to map 3D-printing process

Your 3D printer is telling people what it's making CNET - ‎12 hours ago‎ In research demonstrating that industrial espionage may be as simple as opening a recording app on your smartphone, a team led by Professor Mohammad Al Faruque at the University of -
“In many manufacturing plants, people who work on a shift basis don’t get monitored for their smartphones, for example,” said Mohammad Al Faruque, director of UCI’s Advanced Integrated Cyber-Physical Systems Lab. “If process and product information is stolen during the prototyping phases, companies stand to incur large financial losses. There’s no way to protect these systems from such an attack today, but possibly there will be in the future.”

Can the Sound of a 3D Printer Be a Security Threat? Researchers at the University of California Think So -
The research team, led by Mohammad Al Faruque, an electrical engineer, computer scientist and director of UCI's Advanced Integrated Cyber-Physical Systems Lab, discovered – almost by accident – that it is possible for an ordinary smartphone to record the very precise sounds made by a 3D printer during operation. While this may seem innocuous and even pointless, unless you’re trying to create a very avant-garde musical composition, those sounds carry very specific information about the printer’s movements. By analyzing the recording, a would-be hacker can actually reverse engineer the object being printed and then recreate it somewhere else.

10 crazy ideas that could change energy

Fortune -
One project at ARPA-E, which is a collaboration between University of California, Irvine researchers and fitness brand Under Armour, is looking to find inspiration in the way squids fluctuate the appearance of their skin, to make clothing or other devices that can heat and cool on demand.

California researchers reveal how to hack a 3D printer

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have revealed a security weakness in the 3D printing process − sound waves. Scientists designed a program capable of recording and analyzing the sounds emitted by the printer's moving parts. Once decoded, the sounds − each connoting a precise movement − can be used to reverse engineer the product being printed.

The art is alive at UC Irvine exhibit

Daily Pilot -
The new exhibit at UC Irvine's Beall Center for Art + Technology is a place where art has come to life – literally. … "This was the first time that our lab has worked with artists," said Elliot Hui, a UCI associate professor who worked with Domnitch and Gelfand in the Hui Lab for biological microtechnology. "Art can definitely help communicate scientific concepts, but in a more beautiful and relatable way."

How to build a Hyperloop

On a recent Saturday afternoon, a young aerospace engineer from Cairo University named Samar Abdel Fatta sat at the end of a long hallway of a Texas football stadium trying hard to contain her excitement. Amid a sea of matching university-branded T-shirts and cowboy boots, she was a bit of an anomaly: smart glasses, a neat black blazer, hijab.
NBC News

Hyperloop competition

NBC 4 News -
A group of MIT student engineers have won a competition to transform Space X co-founder Elon Musk’s transportation idea into reality. The group competed against 160 different universities from 16 countries to design a pod that would transport people ... speeds close to 700 miles per hour. The University of California, Irvine finished fifth in that competition. The top teams will build their pods and they’ll test them at the world's first Hyperloop test track being built adjacent to Space X headquarters in Hawthorne.

UCI students showing off their Hyperloop designs in weekend competition

Orange County Register -
A team of UC Irvine engineering students will go head to head this weekend with some 120 teams from around the world as it presents its sleek, frictionless version of a high-speed train that would travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a matter of minutes. UCI students, competing in the first-ever SpaceX Hyperloop Competition, have built a scale model of their HyperXite pod (pronounced Hyper Excite). The concept uses compressed air to levitate and glide the pod along a track.
Los Angeles Times

SpaceX's hyperloop student contest brings out many big benefactors

Los Angeles Times -
Elon Musk is bringing together more than 1,000 college and high school students this weekend to showcase passenger-compartment designs for a hyperloop high-speed transit system.

Two Los Angeles start-ups are already developing hyperloops, starting with test track construction in the Central Valley and North Las Vegas later this year.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. to San Francisco in an hour? UCI's team wants to win Space X's Hyperloop Pod contest

Los Angeles Times -
Find a way to get more than 800 people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about an hour. That's the goal for members of the HyperXite team at UC Irvine as they finalize their designs for a pod that would speed through a tube at more than 700 mph, levitated by compressed air.