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.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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