SENSORS:Kavlico recently introduced a rugged, aerospace-grade differential pressure (DP) sensor for monitoring pressure drop across a turbine engine style inlet air filter, also known as an inlet barrier filter. The DP sensor monitors filter health by detecting increases in pressure across the filter element. The DP sensor incorporates a piezo-resistive sense element and is available in pressure ranges of 0-1, ±1, ±5 and ±10 PSID, with other options available. Other features include an operating temperature range of -40 to 125C with a storage temperature of -55 to 150C, an accuracy of ±1.5 percent of full scale over the operating temperature and an operating voltage of 5 to 15V dc. The lightweight device (<6.5 oz) is rugged by design and has a housing constructed of an anodized aluminum with an MTBF of 300,000 hours at normal operating temperature. The DP sensor typically provides an output of 50 mV at 10V dc excitation.
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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