Most people never have an opportunity to sit in a flight simulator and pretend to be a pilot, but if you happen to visit booth 6142 at the National Design Engineering Show (NDES), you can wear a new flight vest under development at the U.S. Navy's Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory. The vest is one of several engineering innovations featured in the pages of Design News during the past year.
NDES attendees are invited to see and touch the interactive exhibits that are both educational and entertaining, including a prototype of the flight vest that visitors may use in a working flight simulator at the Design News booth. The Tactile Situation Awareness System (TSAS) vest helps helicopter pilots hold a stationary hover and fixed-winged aircraft pilots maintain horizontal flight, without depending on the instrument panel or other visual inputs.
Exhibits in the Design News booth also include Arrow International's new heart assist device, now undergoing clinical trials. Dr. Gerson Rosenburg from Penn State University is not only the primary engineering force behind the left ventricular assist device, he is also the Design News Engineer of the Year. The device is intended as a permanent implant for the hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with terminal heart failure annually throughout the world. This interactive display shows how the device works. There is also a hands-on model that visitors may examine.
But don't expect to get your hands on the Jaguar Formula 1 racing car in the Design News booth. It will be roped off. Anyone attempting to sit in the car will be promptly escorted to the LEGO Lab, which has miniature robots that visitors remotely operate. The LEGO-built robots run on RCX programmable bricks and ROBO LAB software from National Instruments.
Other exhibits in booth 6142 include SolidWorks software, judged the 2002 Design News Product of the Year.
SolidWorks 2001 is a Windows®-based 3D mechanical design software offering ease-of-use enhancements.