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.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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