Simply plugging this MP3 player into a car’s cigar lighter socket and tuning to an unused FM radio channel, allows access to all the music stored on a separate USB drive. The use of external memory keeps cost down and provides flexibility. Minimal memory functions within the unit include last station recall and last song played. In addition to converting the vehicle’s 12V to all the voltages required within the player, the visual feedback portion of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) for selecting one of the 15 pre-set FM stations comes from four 8-segment red LEDs.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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