Gloved Hand for Airplane control has the most engineering cooperating as a System, so I found it most impressive, and give it my vote. I was impressed with the 'bend-sensor' affecting the RPM of the motor; I never saw one of those before.
Overall, "gesture" controls have been on the drawing boards for at least 10 years or so, but I still haven't actually seen one fully characterized for real-use, (like in the movie, "Minority Report" from 2002).
Yes, Jenn, it is another tough choice. I think readers are going to be surprised by ahe amazing variety of gadgets we've presented over the past year. They range from the wildly whimsical to the straight up practical.
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.