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.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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