One of the show's best new products was Shape Tape from Measurand that can gather 3D, six-degree-of-freedom position information along the entire length of a thin strip of tape. Applications include virtual reality, robot control, and medical diagnostics .. A new generation of non-contact laser triangulation sensors was introduced by CyberOptics. The DRS digital range sensors offer resolutions ranging from 0.125 microns to 4.0 microns and an accuracy of 1 micron. Uniquely, it can measure reflective, translucent, or multicolored objects ...ATA Sensors announced the ARS-12 radial rate sensor, which uses magnetohydrodynamic technology to measure less than 100 nanoradians noise equivalent angle over a 1 to 1,000 Hz range ...STM Sensors showed the RL20, a tiny photoelectric sensor. Its sensing head measures 0.078 inch in diameter and uses copper cables to withstand 0.00-inch bend radiuses ...Need multi-axis force sensing in harsh environments? Check out the DX-300, which Bokam Engineering says is the first-ever smart, thick-film, all-metal design. It consists of a solid steel sensor covered with a network of conductive thick-film strain-sensitive elements. Output is several times that of ceramic-based sensors.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.