Ford's Sync makes it easy to bring music or other materials into cars and trucks, then manages the content using voice commands. Microsoft got most of the attention when Ford touted voice control as a way to reduce driver distraction while still letting drivers do many tasks. But there's also hardware in the radio head end. Freescale's 400 MHz version i.MX31 multimedia applications processor provides the USB connectivity while also handling tasks such as running the Microsoft operating system, performing audio signal processing for hands-free phone operation and processing voice recognition software.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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