Design News reader Chris Gaylo worked with his son to convert a 1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet to an electric vehicle (EV) with a 50-60 mile range and a top speed of 75 mph. Gaylo, who used lead-acid batteries on his EV, contends that our article about the difficulties facing EV battery makers was skewed. “It should not take nearly the level of effort that’s being professed,” he wrote. See Gaylo’s EV on his website.
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.