National Semiconductor's PowerWise technology minimizes power consumption through the use of an architecture that employs a three-piece solution. An Advanced Power Controller, embedded in the processor, works with a Slave Power Controller integrated into an energy management unit. A PowerWise interface connects those two pieces. National Semiconductor engineers say the resulting technology reduces power consumption in high-data-rate processors by as much as 70 percent, thus substantially boosting battery life in end products. By employing PowerWise, cell phone makers can add functions to their products. Moreover, greater functionality can be incorporated in the mobile phone baseband, while still maintaining low power. National Semiconductor says the technology enables OEMs to employ 600 A-hr batteries instead of 900 A-hr batteries in full-featured mobile phones. Learn more at http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-515.
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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