For those manufacturing engineers out there baffled by fuel cell technology, take solace in The Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) Advanced Energy and Fuel Cell Technologies Conference and Exposition, being held Oct. 11-13 at Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI. The event, scheduled to have six keynote speakers, is designed to help manufacturing engineers learn how they can play a role in the growing field of advanced energy technology and how to implement the principles they have learned. The conference will cover topics such as cost reduction of advanced energy technologies, supplier requirements, and high tolerance materials. For more info on the conference, go to www.sme.org/aet.
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.
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.