When one LED fails, what will be the ability to replace it? Will the entire hundred-odd LED assembly need to be replaced? Or is it a more modular design (say, 10-LED segments)?
They may be longer-lived than incandescents, but LEDs DO fail (North Charleston's traffic signals, discussed previously). A single LED failure on this tail light assembly will turn this admittedly pretty and cool design into a gap-toothed jack-o-lantern.
The LED racetrack might be a little "mod" for my tastes, but it's definitely going to appeal to folks looking for a certain look for their vehicle. I think it's great that LEDs have finally reached a price point where they can be more widely leveraged both for providing pizazz to a car's design and for great utility in terms of lighting options.
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.