It's no secret that the market's been flattening for CRT monitors. Now, we hear that Sony will stop making 17- and 19-inch CRTs on March 31, while increasing its production of LCD screens. Sony could no longer charge premiums in a market where margins have largely disappeared, so it's expanding its LCD line. Declining prices and improved performance in LCD flat panels mean CRTs are only sold on price. "The only future for CRTs is in newly developing countries were price is key," says Barry Young, vice president at DisplaySearch, an Austin, Texas, research firm. CRTs outsold LCDs by more than 2:1 last year, but next year, DisplaySearch predicts LCD sales will surpass CRTs. But even Sony feels there's still some life in CRTs—the company will still make 21- and 24-inch CRTs used for graphics and other applications.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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