Growing Automation-Software Connection
News 4/28/2011 1 comment From hardware-in-the-loop testing and PLC source code generation to concurrent engineering connecting product lifecycle management and manufacturing execution, it's becoming increasingly apparent that the next step in automation innovation lies in related software applications.
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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