Zytouch touchscreen technology from Zytronic (http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-538) and virtual instrument panel software developed by Westland Helicopters Ltd. permit speedy reconfiguration of an entire helicopter instrument panel layout during customer trials, shrinking the time needed for adjustments from days or weeks to only an hour, according to Westland. The 1.5 x 0.6-m touchscreen simulates the helicopter control panel, allowing users to better understand the human-machine interface at an earlier stage, saving project costs and time, and aids documentation.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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