SABIC Innovative Plastics is
playing a critical role in the conversion of incandescent bulbs to compact
fluorescent lights (CFLs) as global requirements for energy-efficient
alternatives continue to tighten. The most recent example is the company's
high-tech Lexan* FXD polycarbonate (PC) resin, a technology chosen by OSRAM, a
leading global lighting manufacturer, to mold its new line of high-end,
retrofit CFL candle bulbs, called the DuluxstarÂ® Mini Candle. OSRAM selected
Lexan FXD PC resin for the new bulbs - which offer a much longer life and up to
80 percent lower energy consumption than conventional incandescent versions -
for its outstanding performance, aesthetics and safety.
With a new color formulation, Lexan FXD resin met OSRAM's requirements
for the candle bulb:
High-impact resistance to avoid breakage.
Excellent light transmission for optimal brightness.
Translucence to hide internal components and provide
a soft, flattering effect.
Maximum light scattering capability.
Compliance with Glow Wire Ignition and ball pressure
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.