MOTION CONTROL: The DEC Module 24/2 from maxon motor is a digital 1-quadrant amplifier with speed controller for brushless EC motors with Hall Sensors up to 48W and a surface area measuring less than 5 cm2. The DEC module 24/2 is a miniaturized, powerful plug-in module that can be seamlessly integrated into most complex applications with little effort. The wide supply voltage range of 8-24V dc (alternatively 5V dc) and a continuous output current of 2A, permits flexible multifunctional operation at a high efficiency factor. The amplifier offers a large number of inputs and outputs (such as enabling, speed ranges, direction of rotation presetting, current limiting, operational status) and comprehensive protection features (such as over-current, undervoltage/overvoltage, thermal overload, blockage and short circuit). The amplifier is also designed for a maximum motor speed of 80,000 rpm. Two connector arrays arranged in a 2.54 mm (0.1 inch) pattern support easy connectivity and integration into the OEM-side motherboard.
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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