We've all heard that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but in her hip? Yes. University of Alabama physics professor Yogesh Vohra used a chemical vapor-deposition process to bond diamond particles onto a metal surface, which creates a smooth coating that is resistant to wear. Those properties make it a candidate for use in artificial hip bones. The diamond film has a hardness value of about 80% of that of a perfect crystalline diamond. Vohra received a patent for the process and uses thereof. For more information, call (205) 934-6662.
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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