Dallas, TX —Do your kids sass you when asked to cut the grass? Now tell them to take a hike.
Friendly Robotics has developed the RL500 robotic lawnmower that uses a miniature electronic brain based on its proprietary Robo-Scan®technology to systematically cut grass. RoboScan uses an internal floating compass to find magnetic north for navigation. Odometers in the rear wheels count the number of "clicks" to account and adjust for turns. Guided by 18 AWG perimeter wires secured by plastic pegs, the robotic lawn mower uses an onboard computer, ultrasonic sensors, and sensitivity bumpers. The internal computer is a 16-bit Hitachi microprocessor with 256K of memory, and 512K of flash memory for adding software, music, and future upgrades. The mower uses four proximity, and four RF sensors to follow a specific signal from the insulated perimeter wire.
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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