Chicago—You read about leading-edge design technologies in the pages of Design News all year. Now, as an attendee of the National Design Engineering Show (NDES), you can see the technologies in person, March 5-8, in Chicago's McCormick Place, South Hall, Booth 6936.
This year's Design News booth includes exhibits of consumer and industrial products with new electronic, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, power transmission, and motion control technologies that we've written stories about during the past year. Exhibits include:
A Harley Davidson motorcycle: The "hog" is equipped with a patented braking system from Hayes Brake. The brake includes a ball joint-style piston with large undercut diameters in both the front and rear end of the bore, allowing the piston to cock without jamming. The motorcycle's dual opposed caliper brake system is so streamlined that Hayes engineers were able to adapt the concept for use on mountain bikes too. No riding the Harley down the aisles!
Static roller coaster: It won't subject you to incredible G force, but it will bounce you around. It is a chair equipped with new pneumatic actuators from Festo. The actuator's barrel is made from a composite material that expands. The expansion enables adjustable control of the pneumatic actuator's extension and retraction. NDES attendees will have the opportunity to ride the chair and control its motion with a joystick.
Wire arcing prevention demonstration: Electrical faults attributed to wire arcing is a phenomenon suspected in aircraft accidents such as TWA 800 and Swissair 111. Electrical faults are also dangerous in industrial, automotive, and consumer products. Eaton Corp's development of small arc-fault circuit breakers address the electrical fault problem by using micro electronics that look at level and timing signatures of the current waveform. See how it works in a safe exhibit provided by Eaton Corp.
A hole-in-one golf game. Test your skills on this interactive putting green that uses optical character recognition technology from DVT to help improve even the weakest eye-hand coordination. More typically applied in industrial applications for inspection, the technology uses patented algorithms to account for voids and flaws, poor lighting, and inconsistent backgrounds.
Booth 6936 also includes an America's Cup display, an animatronic robot, and the Design News Product of the Year..