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.
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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