Let's face it: Robots are better than people.They’re more dependable than humans (i.e. no sick days), they’re usually cheaper, and they don’t complain. The downside is pretty obvious as well, at least with the primitive robots we have today:
Autosplice has introduced a new series of specialized Solderball Pin Array (SPA) interconnect capabilities that leverage the company’s industry-leading Solderball Pin Technology by creating pre-defined arrays and header configurations that are targeted to meet application-specific requirements.
How many of us have seen cars swerving on the road because the driver is on the phone or texting? The reality is that more drivers are using mobile devices in cars and more electronics are being designed into new cars, such as smart phones, infotainment systems with large tablet-like displays, and various inputs/warning systems resulting in information overload. These gadgets dramatically
Peregrine Semiconductor announced the availability of the SPDT PE42421 RF switch, which is available in a miniature, six-lead SC-70 package. With its small package size, ESD performance of 2 kV on the RFC port, low voltage support down to 1.8V VDD, and low power consumption of
Littelfuse, Inc. has introduced its new MICRO3 line of blade fuses. This new line combines two individual fused circuits in a single sub-miniature body, making it an desirable for space-constrained electrical systems. The fuse is less than 15 mm wide and offers the same 5-mm terminal spacing and electrical
This Week in Engineering - Tiny cubesat thrusters; hypersonic Waverider crashes; bird-friendly glass; robot inchworm; room-temperature masers; and DNA data storage. Hypersonic "Waverider" Aircraft Breaks Apart
CW Industries has introduced a new push button alternate action latching switch. The GCL-536 series push button switch was designed to mate with customer insert molded and lead frame manufactured components in automotive interior applications. The switch is designed to
I have experienced first hand the great learning opportunity such venues provide students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, and have fun (and a fair share of pain) doing it. In addition, this hands-on learning brings greater understanding and gratification of the knowledge acquired in coursework. In addition, a team competition
Melexis latest pre-driver IC, the MLX83203, deploys EEPROM memory and combined bootstrap and charge pump blocks.
In a few weeks, about 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will start talking to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., in a giant experiment that government officials are hoping will lead to safer roads.
3D printing is a hot topic issue in the tech world with everything from printed guns to printed arms making headlines around the world.The newest 3D item to hit the scene? Printed meat. Modern Meadows,a firm looking to develop “high value, food grade animal protein”
B&K Precision today announced the addition of the model 1747--its latest dual range DC power source. Delivering up to 350 W of power with constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) modes, model 1747 can output either higher voltage at a lower current range
A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable to lethal computer viruses.
The CIT Relay & Switch A17 Series is a robust automotive relay in a small package. Noted for its high current/in-rush capabilities, the A17 offers plug-in styling with maximum current rating of 20A. This sealed relay is single pole single throw with coil suppression options of resistor or diode.
Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its serial SRAM portfolio with four new devices that are said to feature the industry’s largest densities and speeds. They also offer 5-V operation, which remains prevalent in automotive and industrial applications. These 512 Kb and 1 Mb SPI devices maintain the
It's been more than half a century since some of the first concept cars boasting self-driving features were presented to the world and they're still not on the roads. But many auto executives say the industry is on the cusp of welcoming vehicles that make the idea of keeping both hands on the wheel an anachronism.
All noise is not necessarily equal – especially when it comes to sound minimization in automobiles. For instance, automakers have long used sound-absorbing materials (passive control) in the design of cars in order to minimize engine noise and the "routine" noise of tires traveling on smooth pavement at a consistent speed.
In keeping with the vehicle safety theme I’ve self-cultivated with Signal and the inflatable seatbelt, let’s take a look at the world of brakes, specifically Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The idea behind AEBS is that in the event that you, the driver, are unable or incapable of braking in order to avoid a collision with a car, pedestrian, object, your garage door, etc. the car will take (complete or partial) control...
Audi AG has been making luxury cars since 1932 when four car companies of the 19th and early 20th centuries—Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer—joined to form the company which exists today. The cars are known for their sleek lines, German engineering, high performance and tech-savvy interior.
Electro-Mech Components, Inc. has introduced the Series SW44823 Multi-Image Switch Series offering an ideal solution for high-density instrumentation panels and display areas where several switching functions may be required.
To meet requirements in solar tracking, medical diagnostic and motion control applications for high torque, low output speed gearmotors with self-locking capability without sacrificing energy efficiency, Dunkermotor, part of Ametek Precision Motion Control, has added its unique Wormetary gearing to its complete line of intelligent servo and brushless dc motors. The intelligent servo motors feature integral control capabilities ranging from 4-quadrant digital speed or positioning to master electronics, including CANopen, Profibus and EtherCAT fieldbus connectivity.
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Rover 'Curiosity' would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Rain pelts down on the roof of the car; it is difficult to make out anything in the pitch dark. Suddenly, a deer runs out of the forest and onto the road, but the driver cannot respond in time. When it comes to such dangerous situations, micro-bolometers constitute one way of "extending" the human eye and defusing such dangerous situations. They detect infrared rays – in other words, the heat emitted by a living creature – and in case of danger, warn the driver through an acoustic signal or a warning light. At about 2,000 euros, these devices are still quite expensive and are only being used in luxury-class vehicles.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cities count the number of cars on the road in order to plan everything from the timing of stoplights to road repairs. But the in-road metal detectors that do the counting can make errors – most often by registering that a car is present when one isn't.
(Reuters) - Remote-controlled miniatures of Mini cars whizzing around the athletics stadium to shuttle javelins, discus and hammers back to the athletes have triggered branding questions at what are strictly ad-free Olympic venues at the London Games.