In today’s world, one of the things that’s more sought after than portability is a way to find mobile products. Trolley Scan (Pty) Ltd. developed what it calls RFID-radar, which measures a signal’s travel distance to identify and locate many transponders in a large reading zone. The South African developer feels the technology can be used in applications as diverse as tracking shopping carts, called trolleys in many regions, as well as retirement home patients and art in museums. Microchip Technology’s dsPIC digital controller performs 10,000 measurements per sec, letting the system handle 50 targets at once with a measuring accuracy of 0.5m at distances of up to 100m.
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 vehicle’s 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 that’s 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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