Formula One race cars are borrowing a concept used in hybrid vehicles, capturing energy from braking. Magneti Marelli's Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System stores energy created during braking and applies it to provide extra power on demand. Some drivers feel it can improve speed by as much as much as 0.4 sec per lap. Magneti Marelli is using Murata Electronics' capacitors to store this energy. The EVC series' ceramic capacitors are small enough to squeeze in anywhere, measuring only 32 × 40 × 3.7 mm — helping reduce weight, which can impact balance and performance depending on the mass distribution inside the car.
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 vehicle’s 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 that’s 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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