How far can $6 million take you? The latest answer might be as far as the moon. Newly open for bidding on eBay is the "Moon Crash Project" from Orbital Development (http://rbi.ims.ca/3850-566), which asks for at least $6 million to launch a spacecraft that'll carry 22 lbs (10 kg) of personal cargo to be smashed into the lunar terrain. Gregory Nemitz, President of Orbital Development, told CNN that the project might be "attractive to some bored rich guy who's tired of playing with his radio-controlled model airplanes and wants to move up to the next level." In addition, the company would return digital photos of the lunar journey and the impact as part of the project.
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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