GM Shows off Safety Technology In a technology demonstration for Design News, GM's vehicle-to-vehicle technology succeeded in stopping a vehicle and sensed the presence of obstacles. Video included. Full Story
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EFD's new Performus line of fluid dispensers apply controlled amounts of adhesives and solder pastes used in electronics manufacturing. Benefits of controlled fluid application include better quality, higher yields and lower production costs. All Performus models feature a compact, stackable cabinet with a small footprint to save bench-top space. Click Here.
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Watch these video demonstrations of the latest automotive technologies, taken at the recent Telematics Update conference in Detroit. Full Story Sony PS3 Adds Ads
We’ve all grown accustomed to seeing ads in movies. Today, though, The Wall Street Journal reported that video games will follow Hollywood’s lead and place advertisements in their products. Full Story Actuators Strike A Musical Note
David Byrne’s newest musical installation, Playing the Building, uses pneumatic and electric actuators to transform a New York City ferry terminal into an enormous musical instrument. Full Story Robotic Lawnmower RecalledConsumer Reports reported the LawnBott LB3200 Evolution, a robotic lawnmower that needs no operator, has been recalled due to a safety hazard. Read More Gadget Freak Case #121: Robot Can Read Terrain and Adjust This versatile robot has the ability to maneuver around obstacles. Video included! Get Build Instructions
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Gadget Freak Case #121: Versatile Robot in Action - VIDEO Watch this versatile robot maneuver around obstacles. Watch Now
Solving Sensor Interfacing Issues in Portable Multi-Sensor Systems - WEBCAST As sensors numbers increase and specifications tighten, the design challenges of the sensor interfacing portion of the system increase. Guest expert Andreas Heldwein from ZMD AG will identify a solution to simplify interfacing multiple sensors. Watch Now
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It's good practice to apply a systems-level approach to high-brightness LED (HBLED) illumination applications. Minimally, the system includes the optical, thermal and electrical characteristics of the of the HBLED, the lens (if any) which is built-in to its package, secondary optics such as external plastic lenses/reflectors to direct the light as your application requires and power driver electronics. Read More Capaciticectomy? Sounds Awfully Painful!In partnership with Analog Devices
There are a variety of things that could be wrong with the "circuits," but most likely there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the amplifier. With many high performance amplifiers, however you need to pay close attention to layout and bypassing. If ignored, you and your circuit could feel a little ill. Read More Engineering Concept ConduitIn partnership with Digi-Key
Welcome to Engineering Concept Conduit, this site takes a look at the engineering challenges your peers faced and examines the components that solved those challenges. Find out how this translates to a concept you can implement immediately. Our first video features the functionality of the Omnimouse. Read More Webcast: Mechatronics in the Age of Digital ImagesIn partnership with Bosch Rexroth, National Instruments and Siemens PLM
Avid photographers talk about image focus, shutter speed and depth of field, but rarely do they talk about image sensors, gyroscopes, actuators and ultrasonic motors. But the digital camera is truly a mechatronics marvel. Kevin Craig's three-part webcast takes you through the basics of photography through the birth of the digital age to explain how mechatronics is revolutionizing the digital camera. Read More Sensorless Field Oriented (FOC) Control for AC Induction Motors In partnership with Microchip Technology Inc.
The requirement of low-cost, low-maintenance, robust electrical motors have resulted in the emergence of the AC Induction Motor (ACIM) as the industry leader. Learn how to apply sensorless field-oriented control of induction motors using a dsPIC® Digital Signal Controller (DSC) from Microchip Technology. Read More Experience the World of AutomationIn partnership with Siemens
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Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.