Making Sense from Sensors: How to Build a Sensor Fusion Engine

The presence of more than 1 billion sensor-rich smartphones and the intense interest surrounding the Internet of Things has drawn wide attention to all the potential and possibilities of sensor fusion engines. Availability of context data and general real-world data in digital format opens up many opportunities.

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Products of Tomorrow: July 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping


Product of the Month: July 2016

Tecplot, Bellevue, WA, announced Tecplot 360 EX 2016 Release 2 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) post-processing software with SZL technology. An updated FEA data loader supports data files from Abaqus 6.14, ANSYS 16.2, and CFX 16.2. Another new feature is support for the SpaceMouse 3D navigation device from 3Dconnexion. Features of the new release include triangulation, streamtrace seeding, conditional expressions in equations, Fourier transforms, probe sidebar, custom color maps, animation speed control, and interactive macro debugging. Major user interface upgrades include native Mac and Linux look and feel, and options for appending data. Other enhancements include consistent Export Dialogs with vector and raster image formats, an improved Translate/Magnify Dialog, and various performance improvements. The software supports 64-bit Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61063-120

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NASA's Game-Changing Robotics

“Over the years, I’ve asked people, ‘If you had a robot, what would you want it to do for you?’” said Rob Ambrose, principal investigator for NASA’s Game Changing Development Program and chief of the Software, Robotics, and Simulation Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. When he asks astronauts, they usually tell him they want the robot to do chores.

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Machined Parts Accelerate Design Tests for NASA

Machined aluminum parts and glass-filled nylon parts made with selective laser sintering Proto Labs, Inc. Maple Plain, MN 877-479-3680www.protolabs.com University student Mel Du was searching for a source to manufacture metal parts for a student research challenge project he was working on for NASA. The project centered on designing, building, and testing an asteroid-sample retrieval and containment device for a simulated space mission. As part of the development stage, the team at San Antonio, TX-based Trinity University produced several prototypes on the school’s in-house, production-model, fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace


Editor’s Choice: July 2016

A device for nondestructive testing of hermetic seals of containers or instrumentation can detect both large and small leaks, as well as the relative leak rate. Its simple design eliminates the need for expensive instrumentation such as a mass spectrometer to analyze leaks and achieve high sensitivity. Low in cost and simple to manufacture, the device has uses in industries from aerospace and automotive, to semiconductors and optical devices, to food and pharmaceutical packaging. Find out more on HERE.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace


Walk and Roll Robot

A CAD model of the Walk and Roll Robot. To traverse smooth terrain, the most efficient motion is rolling; however, when a wheeled vehicle encounters obstacles, it has to avoid them, if possible, or choose an alternate path. Legged vehicles can traverse these obstacles by stepping over them, but are not energy-efficient on smooth terrain. The Walk and Roll Robot, developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, combines walking and rolling for energy- efficient motions. The robot has a compact design in which all of the components are contained within the body, allowing it to be used for applications in harsh environments where robots traditionally have difficulty with debris, moisture, or dust. Other applications include urban search and rescue missions, and military reconnaissance and exploration. Visit http://technology.nasa.gov/patent/TB2016/GSC-TOPS-43

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