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Will robotic voice assistants improve children's ability to learn?

This week's Question: Toymaker Mattel recently announced the introduction of a smart baby monitor; The voice-controlled "Aristotle" uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate functions like changing lights, playing lullabies, or triggering white noise. With an estimated 25 million voice assistants expected to sell this year — like Amazon's Alexa, Google Home, and Microsoft's Cortana — some researchers believe that the technology will impact its young users. Supporters of voice assistants say children have always used mainstream technology as learning tools. Opponents, however, suggest that the gadgets are another device that de-emphasizes the importance of interpersonal skills. What do you think? Will robotic voice assistants improve children's ability to learn?

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Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility

By definition, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) describes the ability of a system, a piece of equipment, or some other electrical device that utilizes electromagnetic energy, to operate in its intended environment without suffering an unacceptable degradation in its performance, or negatively impacting the ability of another device to perform its intended function.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aeronautics, Defense, Electronics & Computers

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LAPP PLAYBOOK — Next Generation Cables For Factory Automation

Achieving maximum productivity and minimizing downtime are critical in production line equipment or any automation applications.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Defense, Mechanical Components, Mechanics, Motion Control

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Fast-Tracking Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles Development with Simulation

ADAS and autonomous vehicles will soon be transforming our world. Due to the complexity of this immense engineering challenge, manufacturers now realize producing a reliable autonomous vehicle requires millions of miles of road testing—as onboard computers must be trained, not programmed. A seemingly impossible task.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Automation, Simulation Software

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Control System Basics with Jon Titus

Writer and editor Jon Titus (often credited as the inventor of the first personal computer) explores the basic elements on a control system. Beginning with relays followed by sink versus source control, Titus also explores PNP and NPN logic, open collectors and isolation. With a personable Q&A format, this five-part guide demystifies some of the common questions and confusions surrounding control systems.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers

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Pressure Mapping as a Research & Development Tool

Discover how pressure mapping technology can help drive ROI in your R&D process. The R&D process often involves making significant investments on test & measurement technology, like pressure mapping, to discover new opportunities for advancement. This new eBook explains how pressure mapping can be used to capture actionable interface pressure data in a variety of R&D applications.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Sensors, Test & Measurement

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High-Power Fiber Lasers

New Applications Are Being Enabled by Dramatic Advances in Design and PerformanceHigh-power (multi-kW) fiber lasers are revolutionizing industrial materials processing markets by offering an unmatched combination of performance, reliability, and cost advantages. For example, in sheet metal cutting (the largest application, with more than $1B/year of laser sales), fiber lasers provide the highest cutting speed (especially for thin sheets, the dominant application), scalability to thick sheets (>1”), and the ability to process a wide range of metals with a single tool. Along with low power consumption and high reliability, these capabilities result in the lowest cost per part. Fiber lasers have thus been the fastest-growing segment of the laser market for the past decade.

Posted in: Articles, Imaging, Lasers & Laser Systems, Photonics, Fiber optics, Lasers, Cutting, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Reliability

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