To take full advantage of the increasing capability of high-resolution image sensors in cameras such as the K100D, PENTAX engineers developed Shake Reduction. The mechanism moves the 6.1 megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force. Two Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) gyroscopes detect camera shake and a dedicated processing unit determines the adjustment required to stabilize the image sensor. With Shake Reduction, photographers can take sharp pictures at a shutter speed that is 2 to 3.5 stops slower, for example 1/15 sec instead of 1/60 sec with a standard lens.
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.