It's good to see the military putting an emphasis on developing power sources that are lightweight and efficient for those in the field. This development dovetails with the work to bring lighter, more efficient power sources to individual troops.
I am curious as to how to make these generators quieter, not to hide from the enemy but to improve sleeping conditions at a base. Is anyone familiar with that sort of technology? The first thing that comes to mind is an exhaust baffle system, but these can rob an engine driven generator of power. I'd like to know how Navy SEALs make their outboard motors silent.
Fuel efficiency is awesome, by the way. As someone who has run a generator for home through 5 Florida hurricanes, I can appreciate it!
I know from past experience that the rights belong to the individual developer but that the Government gets royalty free use of the technology if the project was Government funded. Consequently, even if another entity does the production for the Government, no royalties can legally be paid. It is still a pretty good deal for the developing entity because they get paid for the development and then still reap the rewards for sales to anyone other than the Government.
Thanks for your comment, Rob. I applaud any efforts by our military to find ways to be more fuel efficient and/or reduce dependance on oil. From a strategic view it just makes sense and we all ultimately benefit from the developments.
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.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.