Electric-Spin Corp. Golf•Launchpad (http://rbi.ims.ca/4921-541). Complete with a real tethered golf ball, this mat has embedded sensors and digital signal processing that measure clubhead speed, path and angle in milliseconds. Golf software such as EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour or Microsoft Links renders a simulated on-screen experience or Launchpad Driving Range Software provides swing analysis. The Golf•Launchpad connects to a PC or Macintosh computer through a USB connection. An optional PS2 Adapter connects to the gamepad connector port on the Sony PS2. For more information on Electric-Spin's PS2 Adapter for Golf•Launchpad USB Golf Simulator for PC/Mac, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4921-542.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.