Couch potatoes can expand their control reach far beyond the TV, controlling whole house audio, lighting, HVAC and security, as well as their home theater systems. Remote Technologies Inc. offers a variety of handheld and in-wall controllers, transceiver modules and system processors that can be integrated into a range of products. The units communicate using the ZigBee standard. Wireless communications are handled by Ember Corp.'s EM250 ZigBee controller and EmberZNet PRO networking software. RTI's color touchscreen remote control helps keep management simple so users can focus on relaxing.
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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