Motor Trend magazine and the California International Auto Show have announced that the theme for their sixth-annual International Design Contest is "Brand it Your Way." The contest challenges participants to create a design for a car, truck, or SUV using the concept of an existing brand (for example, how would a car look if it had the elegance of a Rolex?). The deadline for entries is September 13 and the judging will take place on October 27. Awards include a trip to Anaheim, CA for the final round of judging, as well as cash prizes. Register through August 20 at http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-546.
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.
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