SENSORS: TT Electronics’ OPTEK Technology has developed a small surface mount packaged photo light sensor with a digital output ideal for applications with limited space. Designated the OPL611 Series, the sensors feature data rates to 250kBaud and consist of a Photologic® chip encapsulated in transparent molded plastic, providing optical coupling as well as mechanical protection.
The OPL611 Series surface mount sensors measure just 3mm x 3mm with a height of 1mm, and are mechanically and spectrally matched to OPTEK’s OP180, OP200, OP250, OP270 and OP280 Series infrared LEDs.
Available with buffer and inverter 10K internal pull-up as well as open collector outputs, the sensors feature a direct TTL/LSTTL CMOS interface. Minimum input power is 1.0mW/cm2, VCC ranges from 4.5 to 16V, and operating temperature ranges from -40 to +85C.
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.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.