Servo control of hydraulics hasn't quite lived up to its promise in terms of widespread use of the technology. One big limitation: Its cost. In a recent Design News survey of users of hydraulics, 68% of respondents say that they would use servo if they could buy it for the same price as proportional control. Some other reasons for not servo'ing: Maintenance considerations (52%); complexity (26%); installation difficulties (19%); and filtration considerations (13%).
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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