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.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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