The latest advances in inflatable head barriers are now permitted in cars sold in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revised its standards for preventing head injuries during side-impact and rollover accidents. In 1995, NHTSA issued rules for adding protection to the heads of passengers beyond what is provided by forward-mounted airbags. At first, most car makers planned to meet the requirement, which began phasing in this September 1, by adding padding to the upper interior of cars. In the interim, however, design engineers devised devices similar to airbags that expand across the roofs of cars in accidents. A problem is that the devices won't deploy through heavy padding. So NHTSA decided on a tradeoff. It will reduce the speed used in crash tests of cars with the devices in uninflated states, in favor of the bigger benefits offered in more severe crashes. But vehicles equipped with such systems also will have to comply with a new test in which the vehicle is crashed into a pole. NHTSA will use a new side-impact crash dummy in the pole test. The head injury rule applies to 10% of 1999 models, but will apply to 100% of year 2003 production models.
Smart move guys. Thanks to the NHTSA people, they are truly heaven sent and their decision to improvise the standards for safety gear kits is super awesome. I am a law abiding citizen and prefer to wear helmets while driving. My helmet is SmartShieldz brand. They make pretty safe helmets.
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.