ITI (Dresden, Germany, www.iti.de/simulation) has its ITI-SIM Version 3.3 engineering simulation software available for on-line tryouts. No need to register either—the package can be tried anonymously for a two-hour shakedown. The session can include loading sample model files, changing parameters, running simulations, and viewing the results. The viewer can also create his or her own models. For help there is a Getting Started tutorial as well as two test choices: Hydraulic Cylinder Drive and Automotive Powertrain and Vehicle Simulation. Once registered, the user can save models, parameters, and results in a free evaluation period for upwards of four weeks. The simulation models are graphic-interactive featuring practical tested models compiled from physical oriented application libraries.
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.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.