Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
Blog 6/28/2012 30 comments A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
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.
Navy Funds Development of Tool to Model Biofuel Performance
News 6/25/2012 16 comments The Office of Naval Research has given researchers at the University of Wisconsin $2 million to create a tool that can model the performance of various biofuels as part of the military’s ongoing interest in using alternative energy sources to reduce dependency on traditional fossil fuels.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 6/21/2012 17 comments The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Army Boosts Battery Power but Not Weight
News 6/20/2012 7 comments Army scientists have developed a new material that could enable lithium-ion batteries to perform at an unprecedented five volts as part of research to create improved power sources for the military.
Solar Cells Power Underwater Sensors
News 6/12/2012 9 comments The US Navy is exploring the use of solar cells to power sensors underwater as part of research across the military to develop alternative, environmentally friendly, and efficient sources of energy.
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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