Objective Force Warrior is a new program initiated by the U.S. military forces. One of the program's primary goals is development of high-tech tools for soldiers to use on the battlefield. "With Objective Force Warrior, the Army wants to stretch the bounds of technology, but still have something that is feasible and can be built," says George Fisher of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Concept teams at the lab include engineers, biologists, and writers. Technologies under consideration for inclusion in new soldier gear include better communication devices, advanced situational awareness software, chemical and biological detection and protection systems, and advanced weapons. For more information, go to www.ornl.gov.
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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