Relay Ladder Logic (RLL), a graphical programming language based
on relays, is simple to learn and easy to use. While earlier versions of
International Parallel Machines Inc.'s software were DOS based, the company's
latest revision of its RLL graphical editor, EPS for Java is operating system
independent. Based on the Java programming environment, EPS for Java achieves
cross-platform execution on IPMI's PLCs. "It's the first platform independent
RLL software package available in the world," says Robin Chang, IPMI president.
With Java working in the background transparently, one copy of EPS will run on
Windows, MacIntosh, Linux, or any other operating system that supports the Java
runtime environment. Check out http://www.ipmiplc.com for more information.
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.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
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.