Listening to it right now... Just finished going through the slides (MUCH prefer the PDF instead of powerpoint; good move). Was amused -- you remember yesterday I asked about LeapMotion? They are doing a 3D sensor play with jawdropping precision (repeatable position-determination of 0.01 millimeters, ten micrometers). THEY aren't saying a whole lot about how they do it, but the only bit I'm missing at this point is whether they are using more than one CCD sensor (some element of triangulation, possibly). Infrared light, lenseless, shadowmask, calibrate with an empty field-of-view speckle pattern which is constantly applied to NEW sensor frames; the intellectual property is the algorithms which extract position and distance data from the sensor stream.
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.