As part of a digital music system that distributes and amplifies audio music files, a secure wireless network extends the range of control to anywhere inside or outside the home. Sonos' Controller accesses the Sonosnet peer-to-peer wireless mesh network to select songs, control the volume, and, in general, provide freedom from the proximity to the PC-, Mac-, or Network-attached Storage box. The Controller has other innovative features including a movement sensor that automatically turns the Controller on when it is moved and a light sensor that limits backlighting to a minimum to conserve battery power. Design engineers choose Xilinx Spartan-3 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to implement advanced capabilities in digital consumer audio products for their flexibility, features, and low cost per gate. The Spartan-3 Evaluation Kit from Avnet provides an affordable prototyping environment with tested demonstration designs to accelerate the design process.
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Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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