EWI (www.ewi.org) will host a conference on fuel cell manufacturing March 8 at the St. John's Conference Center in Plymouth, MI. The program, "The Future of Lasers in Fuel Cell Manufacturing," will precede the Automotive Laser Applications Workshop running through March 10 in Plymouth. The fuel cell program will be chaired by Stanley Ream, automotive market leader for EWI, which is researching alternative methods to assemble fuel cell components with adhesives, brazing, and laser welding. Registration is available online now through March 5 at http://cpd.engin.umich.edu/programs/index-conferences.html.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
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