MindManager is new software from Mindjet that offers project management tools for brainstorming and communicating complex projects. The project-mapping software uses text, symbols, graphics, icons, and colors to present complex ideas. The theory behind the mind-mapping technique is that in order to optimize mental function, both sides of the brain must be stimulated. Mind mapping stimulates the left side of the brain by providing linear text and lists to analyze, but it also provides the right brain with color and images that stimulate imagination. Best of all, it combines text and graphics on one page in a software program that allows customization and rearrangement of the maps for many types of projects. For more information, send inquiries to Mindjet, 125 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939; call (415) 925-3120; or go to www.mindjet.com.
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.