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Widescreen Operator Panel

Beijer Electronics, Schaumburg, IL, has released the H-T70t operator panel, part of the H-series that offers fundamental HMI functionality for machines and processes. The H-series includes keypad and touchscreen panels with displays ranging from 3.0 to 10.4". The H-T70t widescreen panel offers 800 × 480-pixel resolution on a 7" display. The TFT-display ensures the information is presented with clarity and a high level of detail. The panel is available in two versions, one with a built-in Ethernet port. Both models have a touchscreen interface, a menu key, and six user-defined function keys. USB-support is provided with two host ports and one device port.

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Large-Format MWIR Lens

StingRay Optics, Keene, NH, offers a 50-mm midwave infrared (MWIR) large-format lens assembly with an optional microscanning and step-stare sensor capability. The lens can be a standalone solution for large-format detectors or used in conjunction with enhanced-resolution features. The lens is used with cooled cameras with focal planes up to 28 mm diagonal. The speed of the lens is based on an F/2.3 cold shield arrangement, and the 50-mm focal length is derived from the required 1-meter sampling area at an operating distance of 2.5 km. The lens provides diffraction-limited performance over the entire field of view.

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2007 Product of the Year and Design Contest Winners Honored

The 2007 NASA Tech Briefs (NTB) and Photonics Tech Briefs (PTB) Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards were presented recently by the editors of NTB and PTB at an awards dinner in New York City. The event honored the top three products of 2007 as chosen by each magazine’s readers. Also honored at the event were the winners of the sixth annual Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp.

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Spherical Sensor Configurations for Three-Dimensional Detecting and Tracking

Spherical Sensor Configurations (SSC) have been designed for detecting and tracking signals in three dimensions. The Spherical Sensor Configurations offer distinct advantages over contemporary imaging systems, significantly enhancing three-dimensional (3D) situational awareness. Sensor systems utilizing a spherical geometry as a foundation (Figure 1) can be designed for a variety of applications.

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Innovation Begets Innovation

By Robert “Buzz” Kross Senior Vice President of the Manufacturing Division Autodesk San Rafael, CA Innovation is a way of life at Autodesk. Since our introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-ofthe- art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are built.

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Vision, Software Enhancements Advance Robots

Robotics technology has made measurable strides in the last few years. Today’s robots can move with greater precision over a more flexible range of motion, while handling heavier payloads. Advances in vision systems and software are giving robots the ability to recognize and handle a wider range of parts than before, and make decisions that only humans could previously perform.

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Understanding Robot Movements Through Kinematics

Many robotic and mechanical systems require the calculation of kinematic equations to express the relationship between variables that are to be controlled (motor/actuator position obtained via feedback sensors and manipulated by motors/actuators) and variables that are to be commanded, such as the position of a tool tip or objective.

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