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Issue 4 • Date May 2013

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  • Engineering & Technology [Front Cover]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Editor's letter

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 4
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    THE MODEL on this month's cover is wearing what is tipped to be the next big gadget on the street: Google Glass. Eight thousand people have not only coughed up ??1,000 each to try out one of the first sets, but also the cost of travel to pick them up from one of three US cities. View full abstract»

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  • World view

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  • News

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  • The graphic

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  • News

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  • Number news

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  • News

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  • Business focus

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 19
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    In the wake of their failed merger attempt in the autumn, EADS and BAE Systems are moving forward with their separate growth strategies. But the fallout from last year's events has undoubtedly impacted the two aerospace firms, and they are both seeking to shore up their respective positions. View full abstract»

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  • News

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  • Analysis

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):22 - 23
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    What costs the UK a staggering ??32bn each year and is responsible for over a third of our greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions? With statistics like that you would expect the answer to roll off the tongue. In fact it is the use of energy to produce heat. View full abstract»

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  • Your letters

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):24 - 25
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  • For & against

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):26 - 27
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    Good infrastructure is essential to the success of a competitive modern economy. that's why countries around the world are investing in high-speed rail-helping businesses by bringing cities closer together. View full abstract»

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  • Better than reality?

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):28 - 31
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    Google's Glass project is synonymous with augmented reality, but the technology is already part of everyday life for many people. A story told by Georgia Institute of Technology associate professor Thad Starner, now the technical lead on Google's Glass project to build a headset to make augmented reality mainstream, illustrates both the advantages and potential social problems for the technology. View full abstract»

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  • Augmented reality grows up

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):32 - 35
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    Augmented reality (AR) is now at a stage of development across many different disciplines equivalent to that of an infant. We are taking our first tentative steps. We understand some applications more completely than others. Yet there is no doubt that, within a few years, AR will come to play as fundamental a part in our lives as the five conventional senses do today. View full abstract»

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  • Back to reality

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):36 - 37
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    Imagine a factory environment where installation or maintaining of machines could be carried out via an iPad. Clumsy installation manuals and PC-based 3D simulation tools would become obsolete in favour of a portable version of reality straight from CAD diagrams. This could be possible with the new player in the industrial software arena: augmented reality (AR). Automotive manufacturer in Europe i... View full abstract»

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  • Secret window

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):38 - 42
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    An immersive and multi-faceted virtual and augmented reality application from Dassault Systèmes can be used not just in travel and learning, but in engineering too. View full abstract»

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  • A brave new world

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):43 - 45
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    Augmented reality (AR) applications have the potential to deliver a digital metamorphosis where we can change our sense of the world through overlays of computer-generated sound, video, graphics and position data. The promise is a widening of human perceptions and access to greater knowledge. But a quick trawl through literature suggests we should approach AR with our eyes wide open. View full abstract»

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  • Getting a purchase on AR

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):46 - 49
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    The success of e-commerce has caused retailers to find ways of adopting the personalised interactivity of online shopping to make the offline shopping experience more compelling. To this end augmented reality (AR) could prove the most effective technology for getting potential purchasers to engage - and spend - more. The AR trend aims to build consumer relationships, boost revenue channels, and ad... View full abstract»

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  • The blippar picture

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):50 - 51
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  • Developing AR APPS

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):52 - 55
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    The latest technology craze on mobile devices, augmented reality (AR) has been around for many years, predating the era of the smartphone. AR aims to supplement information in layers on top of an actual image, as seen through a mobile device's camera. The resultant image can then be displayed on screen. All of this has been made possible thanks to a number of technologies that are now found on sma... View full abstract»

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  • Interview

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):56 - 59
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    "I suppose the main conclusion I drew was that I didn't really know for certain what the answer to the question was," says Steve Unger. Ofcom's chief technology officer is describing a recent evening of calculated futurology at the IET's headquarters in Savoy Place, London, where he delivered this year's Appleton Lecture, during which he squared up to the challenge of answering his own question. I... View full abstract»

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  • Regulating the cloud crowd

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):60 - 63
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    Why should governments wait to follow the European Commission's lead before legislating for cloud computing services within their national boundaries? And what binding rules apply anyway? It is a law among emerging technologies that is almost as immutable as Moore's Law itself: formal legislation around a technology will necessarily lag x years behind. For the period of x, the regulatory environme... View full abstract»

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  • Fifty years on

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):64 - 67
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    Fifty years have passed since Beeching's condemning report led to the closure of a third of Britain's railways. It is instructive to consider what a similar report might say today, although that is somewhat difficult as the railways are booming rather than declining. There is, though, a key similarity. The railways are still losing money, though nowadays this subsidy is built into the system, rath... View full abstract»

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Engineering & Technology is the IET's flagship magazine featuring analysis, news, innovation announcements, job advertisements and careers advice.

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Dickon Ross
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