TransPerformance The Performer The keypad and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) on this guitar are the obvious tip-off to embedded electronics. A closer look reveals that the bridge and tailpiece are quite different, too. The guitar's six strings pass through a tuner assembly to the back of the guitar where six stepper motors simultaneously adjust each string's tension. The whole system is controlled by a microcontroller, but analog ICs interface to the stepper motors. The motors' speeds are adjustable with full-speed changes of one whole step per second. Touch-up accuracy is ± 2 cents. A cent is a logarithmic unit to measure musical intervals with 1,200 cents equal to one octave. For more information on TransPerformance's The Performer, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-543.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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