What started out as an upgrade to DVT Corp.’s Framework software morphed into its new Intellect program, which has been rewritten from the ground up. Intellect is much easier to use, with a new user interface, and it manages multiple camera connections in the same user interface. “Intellect is organized along tasks users want to perform, which will make it easier for first time users,” says Steve Giesking, R&D director. For example, developers trying to locate objects can go to a positioning tool, which will help them focus in one the device.
Items are defined using real world planes, so cameras that have been pushed out of position can be recalibrated by pressing a single button. A communication manager permits moving tags to move information without scripting.
The software, like all DVT code, is free. “I think customers have been gouged on software. We will never charge for it,” says Bob Steinke, CEO at DVT. The new software will be supported by a number of free training seminars, both live and on line, he adds. That support is part of DVT’s servant leadership model. Like the Greek term agape, which means unconditional love, DVT offers Agape support, which is unconditional.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.