Swagway Teardown: What Makes a Safe Hoverboard?

From Andrew Goldberg at Ifixit.org: The board is also smart enough to not drive around without you. Riders need both feet firmly planted on the board or it won’t be going anywhere. Just how does the board know you’re properly mounted? Each foot pad has two infrared sensors—one at the toe, one at the heel. Stepping down on the pad pushes a peg between emitter and receiver. Only when all four sensors are blocked are you ready to roll... ...Those sensor switches live on the backs of the two gyro boards—one for each wheel. These boards are largely responsible for the “smart” part of smartboard. Each board is home to an Invensense MPU6050 6-axis gyroscope+accelerometer, and a GigaDeviceGD32F130 ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit microcontroller (thanks, Ken!). The ARM chips are responsible for reading the infrared switches, controlling the sweet underglow headlights and top-mounted indicator LEDs, and collating and sending data from the MPU6050 to the main board (more on that later)... ( full article )  

New USB3.0 SWIR Linescan Camera for Spectroscopy & Machine Vision

Princeton Infrareds advanced SWIR-InGaAs 1024-element linear array camera can image over 37k lines per second and comes in two models: the LineCam12-12.5-1.7T with 250 µm tall pixels for spectroscopy, and the LineCam12-12.5-1.7M with 12.5 µm square pixels for machine vision tasks.

ST Robotics Releases the STVS-X Advanced Vision Inspection System

ST Robotics announces the availability of their new advanced vision inspection system, the STVS-X, integrated with the full range of ST Robotics arms for the automated and accurate handling, testing and inspection solutions of critical parts.

Universal Robots Polishes Paradigm to 50% Production Increase

Paradigm Electronics is a manufacturer of high performance loud speakers and subwoofers. In trying to meet demand on labor-intensive products, Paradigm has now implemented Universal Robots in polishing applications, resulting in significantly increased production throughput eliminating bottle necks while improving the work environment.

Bishop-Wisecarver Webinar - Curved Motion System Design for Machinery and Automation

Watch this webinar to learn: • About standard and customized products for curved, rotary, and curvilinear motion • How simple design concepts and principles apply to complex motion systems • About real-world application examples of curved motion in automation

Leading Manufacturing Technology Associations Launch the China Chongqing International Machine Tool Show (CCIMT)

CCIMT will showcase the latest in manufacturing technology and bring buyers and sellers together from all over the world to the dynamic market of Chongqing and southwest China.

Allied Machine announces Online Insta-Quote™ and Engineered Specials provides quick resolution of tooling issues

Online Insta-Quote™ and Engineered Specials provides quick resolution of tooling issues

Optomec Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology Showcased by Viwa at EXPOMAQ

Hybrid System offers the best in additive/subtractive technology at an affordable price

America Makes and ANSI Kick-Off Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative

Participation Invited for Working Groups; Input Sought on Standards and Specs

SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media Launches Advanced Manufacturing Now Podcast

Advanced Manufacturing Now is available in the iTunes store and listeners can also download episodes or subscribe at AdvancedManufacturingNow.com.

Micromo - FAULHABER 20/1R Planetary Gearhead

New Planetary Gearhead Sets New Precision Standards

Reed to Host Inaugural Robotics and Smart Factory Exhibitions in Tokyo from January 18, 2017

Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd., Japan's largest trade show organizer, will hold two new exhibitions from 2017, the 1st RoboDEX and the 1st Smart Automotive Factory Expo, taking place January 18-20 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

Global Release 2016 brings Lantek users closer to Industry 4.0

Advanced automatic geometry recognition for multiple parts and dynamic lead in/out positioning reduces programing times, while the new Bevel 3D Designer allows interactive irregular bevel design in 2.5D. Part cost calculation has also been enhanced in compensation for head up/down times and sheet load/unload times.

New IP69K Food Grade HMI Solution from Exor

The eTOP4FOOD has been designed and proven to solve the industry wide problem of HMI failures and less effective alternative HMI cleaning procedures. With the eTOP4FOOD no longer is the HMI required to be shielded from high temperature, high pressure cleaning.

The New Mobile App from Festo Enables Fast Delivery of Parts, Greater Productivity, and Lower Inventory Cost

Festo engineered the new mobile app with unbeatable features and ease of use for accessing product information and securing FAST delivery.

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