Ford, GM Face Off on Truck Engines
News 2/14/2013 32 comments Two of the world's biggest automakers are squaring off for a multi-year truck engine battle, with one company trying to win by addition, while the other aims for victory by subtraction.
Opto 22's LED Dimmer Connects to Serial Networks
Product News 1/29/2013 6 comments A new dimmer recently introduced by Opto 22 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to control brightness from 0-100 percent for 9-30 to control VDC constant voltage LED lighting assemblies such as lamps, bulbs, strips, ropes, and bars.
NHTSA Wants Hybrids, EVs to Be Noisier
News 1/16/2013 60 comments In an effort to make streets safer for pedestrians, the National Highway Traffic Administration has proposed a rule that could require engineers to add more sound to hybrids and electric vehicles.
Plastic Makes a Better Light Bulb
News 1/8/2013 35 comments Wake Forest University scientists have devised a shatterproof, white light, flicker-free lighting device based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology.
GM President: It's Time to Electrify & Educate
News 10/18/2012 52 comments This week, General Motors North American president Mark Reuss reinforced his company's commitment to electrified vehicles, but cited a need for better education to foster the breakthroughs needed for next-generation EVs.
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 12 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.
Ski Goggles Display Speed, Capture Video
News 7/30/2012 15 comments Skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers now have a real-time way of tracking their performance and capturing video, thanks to a new head-up display designed to fit inside a set of snow goggles.
Secure Android OS Developed for Soldiers
News 6/27/2012 5 comments With the use of smartphones and tablets becoming more prevalent across the armed forces, the DoD is concerned with securing these devices to keep classified or confidential information out of the hands of adversaries.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.