NKK's OLED Rocker is a low profile,
multifunctional rocker switch with a built-in programmable OLED display. The
OLED rocker switch is a new addition to NKK's SmartSwitch product line of
user-friendly interfaces that combine a switch with a programmable display in
one device. The primary applications for
the OLED rocker switch are in control systems and in HMI displays or operator
interface applications where it can be used to replace multiple switches and
multiple displays. It also has an IP64
rating so it is well suited for applications where the device is exposed to
dust and water. The OLED Rocker allows engineers to incorporate the functions
of multiple switches and displays into one space-saving device. The benefits of
this are lower material cost, reduced panel space, less inventory and faster
installation time. The OLED SmartSwitch Rocker simplifies and improves operator
interfaces where multiple selection menus are required. User selection is based
on menus visible on the display and multiple layers of menus can be easily
achieved; this affords engineers a great deal of flexibility with just one
device. In addition, with its IP64 rating for dust and water protection, the
OLED rocker can be used in industrial applications and medical areas where wipe
down is required. The OLED Rocker has the following differentiating
attributes: first programmable switch to
combine an OLED display and three pushbutton switches; first programmable
switch with an IP rating for dust & water protection; high resolution OLED, exceptional contrast
at 96 x 64 pixels; and longest display life of any OLED switch (52K
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.