Derek Carpenter, managing director of Datasound Labs, recently sounded off about the lack of qualified designers in the electronics industry cited electronicstalk.com. His outcry was in response to a letter written by the chief executive of Intel, Craig Barrett, to his employees. Both men feel that because of the seemingly cool job of Web designer, many would-be electronics engineers chose to find work designing the Internet instead of designing electronics. This has, according to Carpenter, created a situation in which there are not enough jobs for Web designers and a shortage of experienced engineers. Outsourcing, he says, is the solution to this problem, even if it is a temporary one. To find more information on this issue, visit www.dsl-ltd.co.uk.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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