National Instruments is previewing its Smart Camera technology, set for introduction later this year. The camera augments NI’s position in machine vision, simplifying setup for the growing number of engineers who are implementing vision for the first time or two.
Smart Camera incorporates more control functions, helping reduce the amount of space needed to squeeze cameras into the tight spaces of production equipment. The unit, including lens, control circuitry and fairly extensive software, is about the size of a professional quality digital camera. NI currently offers a Compact Vision System and PXI frame grabbers.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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