Some pretty interesting product and systems design information comes across my desk every week. But some things just tend to stand out … like an unmanned ocean-going vessel designed to operate on its own for up to two years while conducting any number of sea-based research projects like storm tracking and ocean floor mapping.
With operating parameters such as this, the automation and control systems onboard have to handle everything from navigation and power management to data collection and communication. On top of all that, the vessel has to generate its own power via wind and solar.
Like I said … interesting stuff. You can learn more about it via the video link below.
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.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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