Four new video cameras from Toshiba redefine the term microminiature. The IK-M43H camera's head is 7 mm in diameter--about that of a standard No. 2 pencil. It is the length of a paper clip (42 mm) and has a lens the size of a corn kernel. Other members of this microminiature camera line are the IK-M41A, which boasts a 0.5-inch, 410,000-pixel CCD image sensor; the IK-41A, a high-resolution monochrome camera optimized for pattern recognition; and the IK-TU40A, an ice-cube-size point-of-view camera that can work with a wireless transmitter. Possible applications include: space-sensitive machine vision, medical research, and broadcast equipment. Toshiba America Information Systems: Product Code 4206
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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