Portable navigation devices are letting users program alerts to prevent speeding tickets or highlight spots they may want to stop, displaying that information on larger screens. Garmin PNDs and handheld GPS receivers like the nüvi 200W now have sunlight readable 4.3-inch color touchscreen display on units that measure less than an inch thick. The 200W also has enough memory to store points of interest that are useful beyond helping drivers find their destination. Fast drivers can set proximity alerts that warn them to slow down when they're nearing school zones and roads monitored by safety cameras. The 6-oz unit uses the STMicroelectronics Teseo GPS engine to quickly power up and provide accuracy down to two yards.
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.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.