While it's too late to send in a hardware entry for the $10,000 prize of Cornelius Van Drebbel's Mad Design Contest, you still have time to submit an entry for the e-paper design for the $2,000 first-place prize. The contest, co-sponsored by NEC Electronics America and EDN magazine, features designs using NEC Electronics' 8-bit microcontrollers. Entries are being accepted through Jan. 5, 2005. Go to www.maddesigncontest.com for more info.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.