Animatronic Mr. Potato Head - VIDEO Learn about the obstacles that had to be overcome by Disney's Imagineers while building an animatronic Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story Midway Mania. Watch Now
Measuring Combustion Cylinder Pressure for Advanced Engine Control- WEBCAST The pressure to reduce carbon dioxide generation, substantially increase fuel economy and continue to reduce vehicle emissions requires more advanced sensing techniques. Guest expert Dr. Marek Wlodarczyk, president, Optrand Inc. explores existing technology approaches and discusses a direct measurement solution rapidly gaining acceptance for future vehicles. Watch Now
Sponsored Technology Content Light Matters: Removing Heat from a High-Brightness LED (HBLED) SystemIn partnership with Avnet
Ordinary 60W incandescent bulbs only convert about 8% of their input energy into usable light. Most of the remaining energy is conveniently radiated out as infrared (73%) or conducted out through the lamp base (19%). In the case of a visible-spectrum HBLED however, there is negligible IP emission - thus the die's excess heat must be removed by conduction, convection or both. Read More
Stress Is Bad For You – and For Analog ICsIn partnership with Analog Devices
Mechanical stress alters the calibration of precision analog ICs. Mounting them incorrectly can make them inaccurate - but don't worry too much. If a thin film of a conductor is attached to sheet of an insulator its resistance will vary as the insulator is flexed. If the conductor is a resistor in a precision IC, stress will affect the circuit's calibration. 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
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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.