At the show, Analog Devices rolled out the first-ever programmable MEMS gyroscope. Part of Analog Devices' iSensor family, the new programmable sensor contains all of the embedded calibration, tuning and control functionality needed to detect system rotation. Until now, the company says, such pre-calibrated gyros were targeted at high-end military and avionics products, but ADI's new design takes the technology into a broader array of applications. The single-component solution is aimed at motion control applications, as well as at agricultural equipment, autos and robotic systems. "What it comes down to is that customers would rather have us do the calibration for them," notes Conor Power, product and marketing manager for ADI's Instrument and Automotive Converters. For more information on Analog's Programmable gyroscope, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-551.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.