Nadine Sarter thinks there might be a better way monitor automated
flight decks on airplanes. The Ohio State University professor of systems
engineering is researching the role of tactile feedback in monitoring changes in
Most automated flight deck systems use visual and audible
feedback. Sarter is experimenting with having some of the feedback that pilots
need to safely operate planes take the form of vibrations. These vibrations
would be felt with a device that operates similarly to the way a pager works,
rather than being seen or heard.
Sarter's research shows that pilots detected as many as 40% more
signals when they received vibrations from a pager-like device worn like a
wristwatch. "Years ago, airplane engines were noisy, which provided a lot of
feedback to the pilot," says Sarter. "Modern flight decks deprive people of some
types of sensory input. We're asking if there might be a better way to help
pilots fly safely," says Sarter. E-mail Sarter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 688-5368.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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