E-mail, phone, Web browsing, text messaging and even a 35-key QWERTY keyboard are part of the Blackberry mystique. Intelligent light sensing technology automatically optimizes the screen lighting levels for indoor and outdoor viewing of the 320 × 240 pixel LCD color screen. In addition to the lighting technology, the unit has a built-in speakerphone for hands-free usage where an audio power amplifier provides mono and stereo listening. Like other high-functionality portable products, the Blackberry uses several dc-to-dc converters. Efficient design allows the removable/rechargeable Lithium cell to provide up to 16 days standby time and four hours talk time.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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