The TD6000 Series Intelligent Operator Interface is claimed to provide a rugged, flexible method of displaying and gathering operator data and communicating with control systems. Both water and dust tight, it is compatible with hostile environments. Applications can be developed using a MS Windows-based programming tool called the Westamp Application Builder. An array of I/O devices--such as two RS232 ports and eight optically isolated I/O ports--allow for interaction with many control-system components. Display duties are handled by a 40-character, eight-line LCD that can show graphics as well as text with individual control over every screen pixel. Westamp, Product Code 4304.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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