Those who drive off and wonder whether they locked the front door can rest easy. Kwikset® is now shipping its SmartCode® keyless entry electronic locks, which let homeowners lock or unlock doors via remote control, cell phone, security system touch panel and/or a secure Internet connection. Kwikset's Home Connect™ Technology uses ZigBee, Z-Wave and other RF protocols to communicate with home security and automation platforms. The battery-powered lock, which fits in any existing deadbolt, secures wireless transmissions by employing 128-bit encryption.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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