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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.