"He plays fast forward for as long as he can. But he won't need a bed--He's a digital man." This lyric from "Digital Man" by the Canadian band Rush refers to societal changes brought on by the digital age. It also could apply to the digital-soldier model being developed by the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Command's (SSCOM) Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center (MSAC). The program recently received Phase II status from the Small Business Innovative Research project on virtual prototyping. The object: to design "an automated system that will allow designers of clothing, equipment, weapons, protection (systems),shelters, and workplaces to explore proposed designs and how they affect user performance, survivability, and behavior in realistic operational (battlefield) settings." Unlike pastArmy endeavors, however, the program would not require that the items be physically constructed prior to evaluation and testing. The plan would result in a "digital human model suitable for virtual prototyping of protective equipment and as a character (computerized representation of the human form) in a virtual environment." Software to permit such activity includes the Integrated Unit Simulation System, which allows for high-resolution analytic simulation and the insertion of proposed technologies in larger scenarios prior to investing in actual constructed prototypes. FAX (508) 233-5390.
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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