Wireless networks are making it simpler for police to preserve order when large crowds gather at events like Super Bowl XLII and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Glendale Police Dept. monitored activity at both using a video surveillance system from AgileMesh tied together by a wireless mesh network from Firetide. Officers can control the camera, which offers full pan and tilt and a 23x optical-zoom lens. Two levels of encryption ensure security. The mesh network makes it simple to put cameras where they're needed to monitor crowds and people in out-of-the-way areas.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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