A surprising 77 percent of American voters say the U.S. is not doing enough to promote and utilize green technology in order to reduce reliance on foreign oil fuel sources. Only 17 percent believe the government is doing enough, according to a nationwide poll of American voters conducted by the TechNet Green Technology Initiative and Zogby International. The poll also found that 75 percent of American voters said their purchasing decisions in the past year have been influenced by a desire to save energy and improve the environment.
Americans are apparently making their homes greener. A hearty 77 percent reported they improved the energy efficiency of their homes. When asked what alternative energy they preferred over oil, 28 percent chose solar power. Biofuels were named by 24 percent of respondents, while wind was the favorite of 16 percent. Nuclear energy won 14 percent and fuel cells was named by only 4 percent.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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