MOTION CONTROL: The new KEYENCE VW-6000 Series motion analysis microscope is the world’s first microscope with high-speed, magnified video capture capabilities. High-speed motion recording of up to 24,000 fps enables accurate filming of failures in moving targets which cannot be captured by conventional microscopes. Its space-saving size, portability and all-in-one design make recording simple for R&D on the factory floor or on a production line. The built-in light source and LCD monitor means setup takes just minutes as opposed to conventional equipment which requires considerable setup time. The Macro Zoom Unit with built-in lighting allows great flexibility of light coverage and observation at any angle. The Time Advance function allows users to record video at fixed intervals for targets that move continuously. Comparison of multiple videos recorded over the course of a few days will help to easily identify changes from production start to finish. Recorded footage can be edited and analyzed directly on the controller. The VW-6000 automatically tracks moving objects in recorded footage to quantify speed, acceleration, distance, angle and other measurements. Users are able to quantify and analyze motion, which was previously impossible. The VW-6000’s compact design contains the functionality to perform magnified observation and record still images.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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