These pointing and navigation disk devices are built to enhance handheld devices. They use an electrically-variable resistive rubber sensor, along with simple plastic components mechanical design geometries and a sophisticated firmware algorithm. These parts all work together to translate user motion on the actuators in two different dimensions on a circular sensing element. They come in 360-degree or N-way full-variable speed analog control. The electrical interface is received through five standard GPIOs and emitted through an 8-bit analog-to-digital converter. It needs 8-bit support or extra processors when employing I2C, PS2, UART or SPE interfaces. It's designed to last through more than 3 million life cycles. It comes in standard reference design (straight drop in), module design (reference design with customized actuator and without PCB), or fully custom solutions.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.
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.