OSERO, an optical fiber sewing robot from Decoray of Korea, has animated the world of fashion by creating customized bags, hats, and clothing with illuminated logos and images. The robot sews water-resistant optical fibers measuring 0.25 and 0.5 mm in diameter into a piece of material no larger than 570 x 420 mm, which is then incorporated into the end-product. Red, green, yellow, blue, and white LEDs are used to light up the fibers. Requiring either two lithium or four standard AAA batteries, the LEDs are powered by a simple processor that creates the animated sequence. For more information on the OSERO technology, go to www.decoray.co.kr.
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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