Rob, this could be used in packaging to detect product defects. Currently, products go single file past a high speed camera. The act of getting products single-file means more contact with the product, takes space, takes time, can cause jams. If it can be done while products are still on a wide conveyor belt, at slower speed, so much the better.
There will be many applications for this in industry. Maybe not so much in personal use, but definitely in industrial use.
Scanners to me are kind of like fax machines--in a way, they're almost a forgotten technology and haven't advanced all so much as other technologies have emerged to replace them. This shows that there is still a lot of innovaiton in this space. It's quite cool what this product can do, but in a nod to Rob's comment, what's the target application or customer?
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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