These puppies do more than just sit there and look cute. Sensing a human presence, the interactive, battery-powered toys react with actions and sounds. Motion includes head tilting and movement from side to side. The unit makes several sounds include whimpering, happy panting, soft whines, snoring, playful growling, playful barking and a waking-up noise. Touching the pooch’s nose instigates a low growl. Analog functions include the amplification for the sounds, actuating the motors and motion and touch sensing. Converting the motion sensor’s signal to an input for the microcontroller requires analog circuitry for threshold detection.
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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