Timex watches aren't the only devices built to take a licking. Recently, a Fluke ScopeMeter was put through its paces by some hapless thieves and some wary emergency workers. The equipment was stolen from a locked car owned by electrician Brian Cheney who was taking a training class at Kawasaki's Lincoln, NE plant. During the ensuing police chase, the perps threw the case, with scope inside, out the window. Mystified, the cops had the fire department x-ray the case. After identifying wires and "some type of electrical-looking equipment," the fire department exercised caution by blowing the whole thing open with an explodable dart and then dousing the contents with water. For good measure, they then cut all the leads on the waterlogged scope, which the dart dinged but didn't penetrate. When Kawasaki electricians took the scope back to the shop, and drained and dried it, they discovered it was fully operational.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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