Zeal Optics the Confidant BT (http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-511). In addition to UV-activated photochromatic lenses that get darker in bright sun, these protective sunglasses have a Bluetooth interface. Working with Kyocera Wireless Corp., Zeal Optics integrated a removable, replaceable and upgradeable Bluetooth component into the Confidant BT sunglasses. The Bluetooth transceiver can synchronize with a Bluetooth cell phone or with other Bluetooth devices up to 30 ft away. The unit has four to five hours of battery talk and listen time with 36 hours of standby time. The frames contain buttons for controlling volume, answering/ending calls, and controlling music, as well as the earphone speakers. For more information on Kyocera Wireless technology, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-512.
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.