V2V Technology Gets Its First Big Test
News 8/27/2012 14 comments The US Department of Transportation launched the first big test of V2V and V2I technologies last week, equipping nearly 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses in Michigan with modules that might one day prevent up to 80 percent of the crashes on American roadways.
LEDs Need Circuit Protection, Too
News 8/20/2012 6 comments Designers of LED-based systems may be glossing over one of the most important components, leaving their products susceptible to catastrophic failures, a circuit protection manufacturer said recently.
Robot Provides Virtual Medical Care
News 8/17/2012 13 comments iRobot and InTouch Health have joined forces to create a state-of-the-art device called RP-VITA, which is making it easier for doctors to visit hospitalized patients' bedsides even if they can't get there in person.
Blurring the Lines of Control
News 8/13/2012 8 comments Robot servo motion is increasingly being directly controlled using standard line controllers integrating advanced kinematics, networking, and operator interface support.
Robot Will Harvest Your Crops
News 8/10/2012 13 comments A multinational engineering project aims to create an intelligent robotics platform that can identify and harvest specific types of crops to help foster sustainable agriculture.
Update: Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars
News 8/6/2012 14 comments Curiosity carries 10 science instruments. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, including a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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