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.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.