Maxon Precision Motors' new "RE" series of motors use powerful rare-earth magnets and graphite brushes to eke out the highest torque possible in a 25-mm diameter package, Maxon says. As with the company's other motors of this design, the RE series uses a patented rhombic moving coil design to deliver long life, low electrical noise, fast acceleration, and high efficiency. The ironless rotor allows for zero cogging and simple, accurate control. Weighing 4.6 oz and measuring 2.1 inches long, the 25 mm motor is rated at 20W. Maximum speed is 11,000 rpm, and maximum efficiency is 87%. Maxon Precision Motors, Product Code 4216.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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