When Sandia National Laboratory engineer Ken Condreva wanted to record critical timing signals in weapons test flights, he couldnít find anything that worked, so he invented his own device. His invention is an integrated circuit that uses a patented "Pulse Stretcher" technique for increasing resolution of timing signals. He lengthens the duration of the output signal, making it last 64 to 200 times longer than the input signal. The process is similar to recording a sporting event with fast-action film and replaying it at slow motion to clearly see what happened. Potential applications exist in assembly and manufacturing operations, liquid-level measurement in chemical and processing plants, and collision detection and avoidance systems, according to Sandia Business Developer Scott Vaupen. He notes that the lab is seeking commercialization partners. If interested, contact him at (925) 294-2322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 vehicleís 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 thatís 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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