Jaguar has rolled out
the C-X75, an extended-range electric supercar. Jaguar notes the C-X75 is
capable of reaching 205 mph, sprinting from 0-62 mph in 3.4 sec, and can go
from 50 to 90 mph in 2.3 sec. The car has four 195bhp electric motors - one for
each wheel - that produce 778bhp and a total torque output of 1,180 lb per
foot.The C-X75 is powered by two gas turbines that spin at 80,000 rpm and can
generate enough electricity to extend the range of the car to 560 miles while
producing just 28 gm of CO2 per
kilowatt from the car's plug-in charge capability. The car has a zero-tailpipe
emissions range of 68 miles running solely on battery power.
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.