Legend has it many innovative products were designed on napkins or envelopes. CandleDragon's dotPen Pro hopes to bring that level of freedom to the digital era. The drawing device converts free-hand drawing into vector graphics, letting creative people draw on any flat surface and create data that can be utilized by a host of software tools including Adobe and Corel. An embedded Texas Instruments' C2000 digital signal controller and two imaging sensors triangulate pen position and track pen movement, angle and applied pressure. This data can be uploaded to a Smartphone, Blackberry, PDA or computer using a Bluetooth or USB connection.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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.