As a sign that the first flight just may be on track for the fourth quarter, Boeing is now testing the landing wheel assembly of the 787. This stage is significant because wheels down and stowed away during flight involves integration of power, electronics, avionics, plane structure and hydraulics. The testing is initiated by an operator (and eventually, the pilots) who swings them up and down from the cockpit controls. Click on the picture in the Gallery below. Credit: Boeing
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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