An experimental Chevrolet Corvette took home the research award in the PC/104 Embedded Consortium's 2003 design contest. The car has a computer-controlled steering system that uses GPS information and automatic steering intervention to help drivers avoid road hazards and straying into other lanes. Although the vehicle has a traditional steering wheel, sensors and a high performance servomotor replace the steering shaft. Two sensors measure the pinion and steering wheel angle; the driver is able to control the car normally until problems arise.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
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