SENSORS: Pepperl+Fuchs Dura-VueTM MLV12 Series Photoelectric Sensors are now available in diffuse mode with background evaluation. Dura-VueTM background evaluation sensors provide a sensing range from 50 to 150 mm, with a 4 mm light spot that enables the sensors to detect even the smallest targets. They are engineered to detect all targets regardless of color or shape, making them well-suited for use in material handling and packaging applications. Dura-VueTM series sensors feature a harsh-duty IP67 rated metal-framed housing with swivel connector and deliver reliable operation in temperatures as low as -40F. Users will also benefit from highly visible front and rear LED status indicators, cross-talk protection and high immunity to ambient light.
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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