Here's a skateboard that doesn't need a hill (or a push-off from your foot)
for propulsion. James Howland and his project buddies, Pat Rimel and Nate
Davis, created a motorized mountainboard as a project for their mechanical
engineering class at Colorado
The gadget has a handheld speed control, and the team was able to get the board
up to speed of 13 miles per hour. The speed decreases while traveling up hills
but still has enough torque to conquer hills with ease. The mountainboard also
has buzzer on the nose that acts as a horn.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.