Le Mans, France During the 24-hr race at Le Mans (June 17-18), information flowed from General Motors race cars via the Internet to homes around the world, providing a new perspective on the term "spectator sport." GM's demonstration of its ability to connect vehicles to the Internet allowed anyone with Internet access to see first-hand what had previously been exclusive to drivers and pit crews. Telemetry data from four Cadillac and Corvette entries included speed, braking, rpm, and lateral g-forces. The experience included real-time positions of the cars on the course, and allowed viewers to see through the drivers' eyes during the day and even at night through in-car cameras and the first ever road-racing use of Cadillac's exclusive Night Vision technology.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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