Advanced Automation has been edging into our working lives for decades. While most of the inroads made by automation have been in manufacturing, these technologies are being increasingly applied in entertainment. Jon Sorkin has created a gadget that plays programmed songs with a harmonica. The device, known as the E-Sharp, uses two standard "C" harmonicas and plays them with compressed air. The E-Sharp can play a number of simple tunes. When the device is on, an LCD displays the name of the project and the developer's name, followed by a prompt to select a song.
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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