Lego robots aren’t the only educational tools being highlighted at NIWeek. Dean Kamen, who founded the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), will discuss this international contest for high school students in the closing keynote address Thursday.
Kamen, a National Inventors Hall of Fame member and winner of the National Medal of Technology, will also detail his ideas on fostering innovation within companies. But it’s the Segway inventor’s focus on FIRST that has the greatest impact on society, many feel. “Through his organization FIRST, Kamen has transformed the way our society thinks about math and science and has inspired thousands of young adults to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering,” says Ray Almgren, vice president of academic relations at National Instruments.
The winner of Kamen’s FIRST competition traveled to NIWeek
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.