The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Pratt & Whitney (P&W) with a $12.7 million, 39-month contract in which the company will develop and demonstrate high-value turbine engine technology for use in the U.S. Navy and Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The advanced propulsion technologies will be based on the PW800 engine core, with its high specific thrust in a compact design. P&W expects to concentrate on high-temperature, lightweight material systems that can double propulsion system capability. For more information on the technology, visit P&W's website at www.pratt-whitney.com.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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