SENSORS: Leica Geosystems’ Leica TM30, which succeeds the company’s Leica TCS2003 and TCA1800, incorporates accuracy, reliability and robust design for monitoring applications. Equipped with direct drives based on piezo technology, the Leica TM30 allows shorter measurement cycles when working with multiple prisms, is fast and quiet. It offers angle measurements of 0.5 or 1 inch and distances can be measured with the company’s PinPoint EDM Technology, which has precision of 0.6 mm + 1 ppm on prisms. On natural surfaces, accuracy of 2 mm + 2 ppm is achieved.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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