Linear-Motor Makers Await Semiconductor Upturn
Features 12/31/2003 Post a comment Analysts who track the market for direct drive linear motors say the economic doldrums of the past two years have pushed back the timetable for implementation of the new technology. But they expect the picture to change-as soon as the semiconductor industry bounces back and looks to upgrade fabs.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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