ELECTRONICS: Designed as one-piece units that mount between the vehicle hub and wheel rim, PCB Piezotronics’ Series 5400 Wheel Force Transducers (WFT) are equipped with onboard signal conditioning and calibration circuitry for each channel of data measurement. Water-resistant products, available in various sizes for diverse vehicles, can be fitted with either slip ring or telemetry signal transmission. Offered in aluminum, stainless steel and titanium, the series incorporates temperature compensation and overload stops.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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