Ambient Corp. has designed a compact system that helps people who can't speak because of neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy or other problems. Its Audeo, a wireless sensor worn on the neck, captures the wearer's neurological activity going from the brain to the vocal cords. This activity is digitized and turned into speech, letting users communicate in person or by phone. A Texas Instruments' MSP430 microcontroller uses little power and manages overall consumption so the Audeo can last more than eight hours on a single charge.
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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