Electronic engineers from the† R&D department at Philip Morris U.S.A. of Richmond, VA. Work on their Robolab entry.
Engineers are taking on children and college students in a†LEGO construction project, striving to see who can develop the best autonomous vehicle.† Tuesday, teams came together to spend three hours building Lego vehicles that use National Instruments hardware and software that can follow tape lines to various pickup stations and carry objects back to the starting point.
Wednesday evening, 20 teams will compete to see who can pick up the heaviest payload during their two-minute shot at fame. Not only must the vehicles heft payloads from their station to the dumping base, they must also determine whether itís best to pick up hefty golf balls, lighter Silly Putty eggs or lightweight cylinders. The fifth annual NI Week contest will also include four judgesí awards in addition to the winnerís prize.
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
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