United Defense Industries Inc. (www.uniteddefense.com) reports that it has fired the first round from its fully automated 155-mm Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) 12 months after the Army contracted with it to build the demonstrator. In August 2002, Congress mandated the Army to field a self-propelled NLOS-C by 2008, and the United Defense demonstrator signifies the Army's next-generation cannon artillery. A 23-ton, hybrid-electric self-propelled howitzer, the demonstrator features an advanced band-track system, a fully automated ammunition loading system, as well as a magazine capable of holding 24 100-lb artillery projectiles.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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