Since 1991, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has been recognizing and rewarding students and their advisors for research and innovations that could lead to patentable inventions. This year, full-time undergraduate and graduate students will compete in separate categories with separate cash prizes. The grand prize of $50,000 (plus $10k to the advisor), along with other cash prizes, will be awarded to the winning student or student team this fall in New York City. Deadline for the competition is June 1. Visit www.invent.org for more information.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.