Sensors are making luxury cars ever more lavish. The redesigned 2007 Lexus LS460 deploys Denso's matrix infrared ray (IR) sensor, which it claims is the first of its kind, to detect the surface temperature distribution inside the vehicle cabin. The system's electronic control unit uses that data to automatically control temperature and airflow so passengers in both front and rear seats can be comfortable in their personally-selected climate zone. The sensor, one of about 40 in the vehicle, checks two points on the person and one on the seat.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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