New micro brushless motors from Sanyo DC Micro Motor Division feature a ceramic air bearing design and frictionless, quiet, high-speed operation. The design eliminates the need to lubricate with oil, which tends to break down over the life of the motor. A 20 mm-size motor is available, with a 14 mm-size model to come. The motor has already been applied in a rear projection television color wheel, because it runs at high speeds and temperatures and is very quiet. It is also suitable for medical applications requiring high-reliability where an out-gassing oil bearing might cause an unacceptable level of contamination.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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