For electronic enclosures that require the tightest access control— like those found in data centers—EMKA Inc. (www.emkausa.com) has added a cell-phone alarm feature to its electronic locking and monitoring (ELM) system. It can now send an alert by cell phone whenever the enclosure is opened or closed. It can also alert users to other conditions, such as internal temperature.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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