The newest prototype from Active Power is its battery-free flywheel energy storage system that operates for 15 minutes at 80 kW. Slated to replace lead-acid batteries in a 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), the device delivers double the energy of its predecessor. Active Power has already released its CleanSource dc product line (available between 100,000 and 500,000W) and its CleanSource UPS product line (available between 65 and 900 kVA, both utilizing flywheel technology. To find out more information, go to www.activepower.com.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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