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New and Notable Product Design

New and Notable Product Design

DUAL-MODE FAST IMAGING

Cooke Corp. pco.1200 hs High-Speed Camera. Unlike previous high-speed cameras, software-switchable hardware for clocking allows this CMOS camera to capture images in both asynchronous (external trigger) and synchronous (time triggered) modes. Exposures range from 1 microsec to 1 msec. By providing onboard memory of upwards of 2 Gbytes (moving to 4 Gbytes later this year), engineers enable recording at 1 Gbyte/sec, and provide what they call interface flexibility-recording long enough records so that downloading via FireWire(TM), Camera Link, USB 2.0, or Ethernet does not interfere with image capture time. Designers also carefully tuned the digitizing electronics, mitigating noise generated by using CMOS at a high digitization rate. VP Sales:Murad Karmali, [email protected]http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-541

LANGUAGE TO GO

LINgo(R) Pacifica Talk Ten-Language Translator. A proprietary voice chip with an on-chip database is one of the enablers for this hand-held translator that not only displays original and translated words, phrases, and characters but also provides vocal output if desired. Software provides translations not just grammatically correct but in proper syntax, according to one Design News staffer fluent in Chinese. Engineers also balanced functionality with price point for this device that may only see use a couple of times a year-thus components like a lower cost black-and-white LCD rather than color. VP: Joe Brecher, [email protected]http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-542

CARJACK, GET BACK

ELA Innovation VML_CJK Anti-Carjacking System. The active RFID technology in this anti-carjacking system activates its electronics once a driver that is forced from a car is safely away from the vehicle. The carjacking is detected when the engine is running and the small, active transmitter tag on the driver's person moves outside the roughly 100-ft range of the receiver. After a programmable delay, the device can set off an alarm, shut off the ignition, or contact the police. But inventor Pierre Bonzom had to design a continuously emitting, low-power consuming tag to realize a battery life of one to ten years, depending on application. To do that a patented algorithm minimizes the level of power needed to maintain data transmission between the tag and the receiver. An encryption algorithm with a "high-safety" revolving code also provides the tag's car lock/unlock functions. President and CEO:Pierre Bonzom, [email protected]http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-543

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