New glass bonding technology from Dow Automotive promises to speed OEM installation of windshields, backlights, sunroofs, and quarter glasses. Suitable for manual or robotic application, the BETASEAL Uni-wipe system goes on as a single clear wipe on the glass followed by the application of a new adhesive that bonds to a wide range of clearcoats without the use of body flange primer. A fluorescing agent added to the clear wipe makes it easy, with the right lighting, to verify proper application during the glass installation process. The new adhesive is UV-resistant, eliminating the need for glass blackout primer on typical ceramic enamel coatings. The short flash time of the clear wipe and the reduction in priming steps provides up to 75 percent reduction in glass preparation cycle time and reduces the related VOC output by up to 53 percent, according to Dow estimates. Go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-528 for more information.
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.
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