"Low mass" sensor monitors forces in seat belts and other restraining harnesses. The sensor uses a "three bar" system, which minimizes errors caused by belt thickness effects. The low wrap angles used with this concept create minimum webbing disturbance, reduce the forces in the sensor, and permit large reductions in sensor weight. Low sensor weight is important for crash testing applications where the sensor undergoes large deceleration forces.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
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