This week on WDD's HotSpot:

  • The Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and Colt Canada have developed an integrated assault rifle concept for the Canadian Armed Forces. In addition to more firepower and improved accuracy, the gun is integrated with smart electronics and accessories so soldiers can generate and/or receive data from the command and control network. In the next phase of development, automated target detection and assisted target engagement will be the subject of an in-depth study in the Future Small Arms Research (FSAR) project.
  • To help get you started on solving your EMI and RF issues, ARC Technologies is offering an engineer’s survival kit. Upon opening the kit, you’ll notice a frequency graph on the top lid, which will allow you to reference your trouble spots and guide you on what materials to use first. Here’s what the kit contains:
    •  A DVD introducing ARC technologies.
    • Sample pieces of various three dimensional shapes that demonstrate the endless possibilities of mechanical design once a solution is found.
    • A Wave X heat shrink absorber that is three eighths inch expanded inside diameter – additional sizes are available upon request.
    • And sheet absorbers of various frequencies intended for users to cut-to-shape and place on their EMI/RF noise sources. Each sheet is labeled appropriately, and consumer can visit the links below for a tutorial video on the kit.
  • Volvo Cars, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration are working on a project to enable cars to share information about conditions that relate to road friction (such as icy patches). The information will be shared through a cloud-based network to road administrators as a complement to existing measurement stations along the road, which will help better plan and execute winter road maintenance.
  • One of the things that I am very passion about in this industry is STEM, and I was very honored to screen the movie Spare Parts before it came out in theaters. The movie focuses on the Falcon Robotics team, from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, AZ, and their journey to building an underwater robot for the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition (MATE) back in 2004. The movie was great, but my favorite part was getting the chance to interview the coaches, and some of the alumni members of the team. It was interesting to hear about some of the things that were kept out of the movies, and about some of the things that were added to make it more appealing to a movie audience. Both the movie and the interview demonstrate how it important it is for schools to include STEM programs within their curriculum. We invite you to watch the full interview by clicking on the link below, and to join us next time for the second half of the interview that included the current robotics team at Carly Hayden Community High School. Read: STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'. View the full interview here.

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