The Castaic Lake Pressure Control Structure, which maintains water delivery along the California Aqueduct, has purchased LED lamps from LEDtronics (www.ledtronics.com) to replace 500 incandescent lamps in its control panels. At any given time one-third of the incandescent lamps were out, leaving operators in the dark about critical processes. Unlike incandescent lights that use fragile metal filaments and glass globes, an LED is made from semiconductor materials encased in a solid epoxy lens, making it reliable for harsh industrial conditions.
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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