Iqua Ltd. of Oak Park, CA has produced a solar-powered Bluetooth wireless headset for the U.S. market following its launch of the Iqua Vogue in Europe last year. The Iqua Sun uses the Vogue technology, which incorporates a photovoltaic cell that takes advantage of any available light — outdoors and indoors — to extend talk and standby times. “The response around the globe has been very positive, both in terms of environmental innovation and solid performance,” says Juha Reima, Iqua’s CEO. “Unfortunately, we’ve only been able to supply the European market until now.” Iqua recently added capacity in order to support the introduction of the Sun to North America.
The Iqua Sun uses the Vogue technology, which incorporates a photovoltaic cell that takes advantage of any available light.
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.