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.
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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