Hyperion is a solar powered robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that is helping NASA simulate space exploration over extended periods of time. The robot's tasks include determining its position and orientation to the sun, navigating itself into position for capturing enough sunlight to power itself, and conducting scientific experiments. On Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, the robot will maintain a sun-synchronous position. The concept is important to long-term space exploration of distant planets and moons. For more information, go to www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/sunsync.
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.