The home was built as part of the U.S. Dept. of Energyís Solar Decathlon in which 20 university-led teams from across the U.S., Canada, Spain and Germany competed to design, build and operate the most efficient and attractive solar-powered homes. Siemens contributed technology, as well as volunteers, to provide the engineering support to help students from Kansas connect and control the solar power, heating, ventilation, lights and other systems into an integrated system.
The Kansas Project home utilizes sensors that gauge ambient light and turn off light fixtures automatically when theyíre not needed. The home also features recycled and reclaimed building materials, including wood from a barn that volunteers tore down themselves.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.