ELECTRONICS: MEC introduced its illuminated Navimec with soft touch finish. The Navimec is a switch assembly that provides joystick functionality, making it possible to navigate up/down/left/right and also have a center function that can be used as an enter key.
The illuminated Navimec is designed for PCB mounting in combination with MEC Illumec Switches and is available in surface mount and through hole terminations. The switches are rated for 10 million operations and are sealed to IP67. The keycaps are specifically designed with a hi-tech look and a soft touch finish obtained with an elastomeric coating.
The illuminated Navimec is ideal for operating directional functions, such as navigating through menus in all types of test and measurement, medical, broadcast, pro-audio and other professional equipment.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.