Automated Guided Vehicles Do the Heavy Lifting
Human beings aren’t perfect, which is why we make mistakes, hurting ourselves on the job, or mishandling equipment that damages products and the bottom line.
Take, for example, palletized goods, which are hustled through manufacturing plants and distribution facilities 24/7. Pallets are often dropped, lifted, and pushed across hard floors. Pallet damage often results in damaged products and “unsaleable” merchandise that averages about 1% of gross sales for retailers and distributors.
Maggot Bot for Brains
When J. Marc Simard, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, saw such behavior on a television show he wondered if something similar might work on a brain tumor. Maggots themselves wouldn’t do the trick since a tumor is not dead tissue. So he reached out to Jaydev Desai, a professor of mechanical engineering at the university, in the hopes of a making a mechanical robot that could separate good brain from bad.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
PARIS — For decades, for any semiconductor company aiming to get a foot in the door to the automotive electronics market, the first order of business was clearing the Automotive Electronics Council's AEC-Q100 standard, a critical stress-test qualification for automotive ICs.
Bell Labs wants to fund 'ideas of the future'
Have a game changing idea and want to commercialise it? Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is offering up to $100,000 to support inventions that positively impact society by connecting the physical and digital worlds.
Bluetooth Smart starter kit launched
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has introduced a free Bluetooth Smart starter kit, designed to help developers speed the time it takes to get their prototypes into production.
Liberating devices from their power cords
A new type of supercapacitor that can hold a charge when it takes a lickin’ has been developed. It is the first “multi-functional” energy storage device that can operate while subject to realistic static and dynamic loads – advancing the day when everything from cell phones to electric vehicles will no longer need separate batteries.
Lighting the way to graphene-based devices
A technique whereby semiconductors made from graphene and boron nitride can be charge-doped to alter their electronic properties using only visible light has been demonstrated by researchers. Graphene continues to reign as the next potential superstar material for the electronics industry, a slimmer, stronger and much faster electron conductor than silicon.