Hanover, Germany--Continental Teves' 30-Meter Car Project
is not a stretched VW but a design effort to develop a car that can stop within
30m (98 ft)-about a 20% improvement-from a speed of 100 km/hr (62 mph) while not
adversely affecting other characteristics. This has now been demonstrated on a
specially equipped VW Golf. Part of the electronic strategy of highly
integrating systems on the 30-Meter Car is controlling brake damping in
proportion to the applied pedal force. Systems included on the car are
electrohydraulic brakes, air suspension and adjustable shock absorbers, tires
with optimized footprints, and force measuring sensors. Future work could have
the brake systems "talk" to the steering to optimize braking in turns.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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