Preh Defogging Sensor (http://rbi.ims.ca/4927-545). Detecting window fogging in vehicles before the occurrence of visible condensation requires humidity and temperature sensors, as well as computer calculations. Mounted on the interior of the vehicle’s windshield, the humidity-sensitive element measures the relative humidity directly on the windshield. Using infrared technology, the sensor detects windshield fogging before it becomes visible to the human eye. A Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) thermistor reads the windshield temperature. With the data from the sensor the vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system provides an optimal vehicle environment that takes into account humidity, as well as temperature.
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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