Land Rover has showed off some alternative, environmentally friendly technologies that it expects to incorporate into its vehicles soon. The Land-e concept includes environmental technologies that feature a function that slows the engine to a stop when the vehicle comes to a halt. The vehicle then restarts automatically — quickly and smoothly — when the driver pushes the pedal. At low speeds, the vehicle also uses a 100 percent emission-free electric rear drive.
While off-road, both mechanical and electric power feeds all four wheels. This hybrid system is designed to improve the vehicle's capabilities, as electric engines produce good low end torque and can supplement the low down power of gasoline engines. The vehicle gets greater fuel economy from the automatically disconnecting Powershift gearbox. Land-e also incorporates Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which is designed to optimize on-road fuel economy even further.
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.