Digital video recorders revolutionized TV viewing for many. Now, they're transforming the role of security cameras. Walgreens is installing DVRs throughout its chain of 6,200 drug stores, using them to aggregate input from the many analog and digital cameras that monitor the sites. Ionit Technologies is providing DVRs with compression technology that decreases file size up to 2,000 times so a single system can be viewed from multiple locations simultaneously. This digitized data can be shared over networks, so views can be sent to corporate or otherwise distributed. That makes it easier to expand the role of security cameras. For example, marketers can analyze traffic flow, which could improve sales.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.