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Retired MIT metallurgist and DN Calamities editor Ken Russell explains how metal defects in a DC-9's flight director switch was the suspected culprit in a horrific 1973 plane crash in Boston. He wrote in depth about the topic in the Dec. 11 issue of Design News. DN editor in chief John Dodge is the interviewer. Recorded 12/14/06, length, 7:18
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 vehicle’s 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 that’s 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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