Paul Green thinks that automotive design engineers ought to include the elderly in their safety and usability evaluations of telematic devices for navigation and communication. The senior research scientist from the University of Michigan says that older drivers need more time to make driving maneuvers, but the time required for telematics is even greater. "Much larger differences are found responding to warnings, entering data, and reading displays," he says. Studies indicate that 1) drivers aged 65 to 75 years take 40% longer to respond to warnings than drivers 18 to 30; 2) older drivers take 33–100% longer to read maps; and 3) older drivers use nearly 80% more time to enter information into a navigation system. For more information, visit the University's website at www.umich.edu.
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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