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sexta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2012

Back-solve! Cálculos de Engenharia interactivos, Problemas de Torno Mecânico, Designspark, mais Instructables e notícias

Isto é mais que bacano, e para além de poupar um tempo imenso aos Engenheiros, abre um mundo de possibilidades aos Inventores, basta seguirem os turtoriais, ou chatearem um Engenheiro, par lhes dar os Parâmetros gerais dum problema, e tudo o resto é aperfeiçoado entre vocês, e o Programa TurboCalc! 

Back-solving é impecável, como verão neste Vídeo: 

TurboCalc – The Engineering Calculator
Special Price: 99,- Euros only!*

With TurboCalc you can solve a wide range of engineering and design challenges in an automated way:
  • Specify desired goals for any calculation result and then have the computer backsolve the exact geometry to satisfy this goal.
  • Associate geometry, dimensions, and calculations in the same worksheet to capture the functional intents of your engineering challenge.
  • Use it standalone or in conjunction with Microsoft Office or all popular CAD applications.

Problemas com o Torno? 
Levem-nos ao Peritos, neste caso o Blog Chatter, da Practical Machinist, onde se resolvem vários problemas de Tornearia, eis apenas um exemplo:

In This Month's Chatter...

Below we have compiled interesting and relevant threads from around the site. We hope you enjoy!

Internal spline, how to do it?
Hello everybody. I have a project here. The part is an adaptor to connect a bike engine's gearbox output shaft to a propshaft. The material of the adaptor have to be a strong alloy steel, like 4130.

I attach a couple of images of the adaptor. The part is fairly easy to machine, but the hard thing is the internal spline at the center which needs to slide over the splined output shaft of the engine.

What's the most economical way to do this internal spline? Wire-EDM perhaps? And how to design the exact shape of the spline? I need to replicate this internal spline exactly...
Read the post and replies


Desmantelar coisas, para ver as Peças!
Fazer coisas novas com essas Peças!
Qual Engenhocas que se preze, não gosta de fazer isso?
Pois os Gandas Malucos, no bom sentido, da designSpark, fizeram um Concurso exactamente disso, com Corrida e tudo!

Dyson Ball Challenge 2012

Pete Wood

Like all engineers I like taking stuff to bits!, although i'm not sure my wife will be too impressed if I did as these guys have done and dismantle the Vacuum Cleaner to take part in a design challege to build a remote control ball and race it around an obstacle course! 

What we love about this story is that it shows what fun you can have with a few components and a little imagination!  It's like the drag racing equivalent of Robot Wars ! This type of activity should hopefully encourage a new generation of "Hackers".  When I say "Hackers" I refer to taking bits of hardware and integrating it with other bits, like in a Scrap Heap Challenge kind of way,  not as in the movie Wargames where Mathew Broderick almost started World War 3 when he inadvertently hacked into the US Missile Command thinking it was a games company!


Tinha de aparecer, um Instructable sobre como fazerem o vosso Carro Tele-controlado de Lego Technik!
E envolvendo um Arduino...

R/C Lego Car 
I like the Lego modular system, especially Lego Technic.
I have a collection of Lego Technic Vehicles, i.e. Road Rally V (8225), Rough Terrain Vehicle (8270), Formula 1 Race Ca r(8808), etc. These small Lego vehicles could be upgraded to use (rare to find!)  Electric Motor Kit (8720) to drive the vehicle.

I want to challenge myself to incorporate Arduino, XBee into my R/C Lego car design.
I want to do something different!

I do not want to buy commercial available toy R/C (Radio-Controlled) car and modify it to used with XBee and Arduino. (I already did that successfully, Processing Controls R/C Car with XBee modules.
I want to do something similar to an NXT or RCX Mindstorm system with my R/C Lego car design (At the moment, I could not afford either NXT or RCX.)

I want to use parts that are available at hand.
So, I end up designed my very own R/C Lego Car by reused the parts from:
- Lego Steering System from 1996 Lego Car Kit (#8207 Dune Duster)
- Motor with worm gear from Electric Dragster from Middlesex University electric science series) ,
- micro servo from my other diy robot.
And built an Arduino compatible with simple motor driver IC (L293D) PCB, with wireless XBee breakout board compatible receptacle.
 And here is how I created it!

Para os Engenhocas mais dados à Química e Bio-Engenharia, eis um Misturador de Laboratório com ar Profissional...

How to make a magnetic stirrer that looks like a professional one

I needed a magnetic stirrer for my chemistry lab so I made a cheap one that looks almost like a professional one, but doesn't cost very much.
It is made from recycled parts from an old CD-ROM, a printer motor and things from an old CRT screen board (like resistor).

Para as Makebots  e outras Impressoras 3D caseiras, e para que nada lhes falte, eis o que os bacanos da Universidade de Warwick desenvolveram, Carbomorph, um material que permite Electrónica impressa a 3D...

“Carbomorph” material to enable 3D printing of custom personal electronics

Dario Borghino

Researchers at the University of Warwick have created a cheap plastic composite that can be used even with low-end 3D printers, to produce custom-made electronic devices. The material, nicknamed "carbomorph," is both conductive and piezoresistive, meaning that both electronic tracks and touch-sensitive areas can now be easily embedded in 3D-printed objects without the need for complex procedures or expensive materials.

Carbomorph was made by adding carbon black – a conductive filler produced by the combustion of tar and vegetable oil – to a matrix of polycaprolactone (PCL), which is a biodegradable polyester with a low melting point of 60°C (140°F).
The result is a highly versatile composite that can be adapted to quickly prototype objects with embedded flex sensors or even capacitive, touch-sensitive buttons, such as computer game controllers or mugs that can tell how full they are.
Interfacing with the printed devices is also quite simple – the sensors can be monitored using existing open-source electronics and freely available programming libraries. In the near future, users will also be able to directly print up the wires and cables to interconnect those devices.

E na categoria de Cabecinhas Abençoadas, cá vai este grande Projecto, que mereçe louvores a todos os níveis, duma prótese sem rival, que permitivá aos Amputados moverem um braço, com os nervos e músculos que ficaram, para trás da amputação, e um grande Abençoados Sejam!

Mind-controlled permanently-attached prosthetic arm could revolutionize prosthetics

Adam Williams

Researchers based at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have developed the world’s first thought-controlled, fully implantable robotic arm, which uses an amputee's own nerves and remaining muscles to afford a much more intuitive level of control than previously possible. Initial operations on patients are scheduled to take place during the Northern Hemisphere’s upcoming winter.
Prosthetic limbs which are controlled by electrical impulses in the muscles have been available to amputees since the 1960’s, but they tend to be limited in function and difficult to control. Additionally, many amputees find the standard method of using a tightly fitted socket to attach the prosthetic limb to the body so uncomfortable, that they choose to simply forgo using one altogether.
Keen to maximize the comfort and intuitiveness of their design, the Chalmers researchers looked to a process known as osseointegration. Originally developed in the 1960‘s, osseointegration involves joining living bone to the surface of an artificial implant, and has been used successfully for ear, eye, and nose prosthetics, in addition to larger limb prosthetics.
“Osseointegration is vital to our success,” explained Max Ortiz Catalan, industrial doctoral student at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. “We are now using the technology to gain permanent access to the electrodes that we will attach directly to nerves and muscles.”


quinta-feira, 29 de novembro de 2012

Já não é só Bacalhau, Motas Eléctricas, Companhias Lusas, e Notícias várias

Já não é só Bacalhau que mandamos para o Brasil, agora, são Caudas...
De Avião!
E da grande Empresa Brasileira, Embraer, agora, digam que não fizémos uma data de grandes Países, colaborar com estes nossos Irmãos, isso é que é o Futuro de Portugal!

Foto da E-Magazine Brasileira, Poder Aéreo

Embraer Portugal ships first component for Legacy 500


The first component produced by the composite materials factory of Brazilian aeronautical company Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer) in Portugal, a tail assembly for a Legacy 500 executive jet, has been shipped to the company’s headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, the company said in a statement.
The tail assembly is a part of the aircraft made up of the fin (vertical stabiliser – to direct the plane left of right), the tailplane (horizontal stabiliser – to direct the plane up or down) and the rear part of the fuselage to which these are attached.

Uma ideia com piada, que dá vontade de experimentar, segunda dica do  amigo dos Inventores de sempre, o Eng. João Marcelino...
Bicicletas eléctricas de aluguer!
Eis uma ao vivo...

Aluger de motas eléctricas em Lisboa a partir de 2013

Lisboa passará a contar, a partir da primavera de 2013, com um sistema de aluguer de motas eléctricas. Denominado VeLx, este projecto pretende colocar à disposição dos lisboetas 70 motas eléctricas e 14 docas de carregamento.
Os consumidores que queiram alugar uma mota eléctrica terão um cartão para desbloqueá-la e contabilizar o tempo de uso. Quando não necessitar mais das motas eléctricas, o utilizador deverá deixar o veiculo a carregar numa doca de carregamento para que fique disponível para mais pessoas.
As motas eléctricas propostas para aluguer têm uma autonomia de 60 quilómetros e estão limitadas a 65km/h. Graças a uma plataforma desenvolvida, é possível localizar as motas por GPS, de modo a evitar roubos ou mesmo acidentes. Por exemplo, as motas estão dotadas com uma tecnologia que permite saber se alguém levantou a roda a mais de determinados centímetros e detectar um impacto violento.


Uma imagem que faz bem à alma, crescem as Empresas Portuguesas à conquista do Mercado Global, vão ao Link, e a lista é grande, e a crescer:

Cresce o número de PME's que apostam na Internacionalização para fazer crescer o seu negócio e que estão a ser bem sucedidas nos Mercados Externos. Conheça alguns casos de sucesso e junte o nome da sua empresa a este clube.

Um Robot que rola e voa, eis mais uma ideia de Quadracóptero, mas que rola quando não voa:

Rolling HyTAQ robot avoids obstacles by taking to the air

Darren Quick

A team at the Robotics Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has come up with another take on the caged flying robots like the spherical air vehicle developed by Japan’s Ministry of Defense (JMD) and the more recent Kyosho Space Ball. However, instead of a spherical shape, the the outer protective cage of the HyTAQ (Hybrid Terrestrial and Aerial Quadrotor) is cylindrical and is attached to the quadrotor via a shaft connected by two rotating joints, thereby providing the HyTAQ with the ability to fly or roll over the ground.

Eis uma ideia que nunca morre, simplificar para melhorar!
Usam Tecnologia mais simples para conduzir o Calor, que vem dos Computadores Portáteis, e uma data de outras boas ideias, fazem este Gerador Nuclear uma melhoria significativa, em relaçao ao Passado, vejam o Vídeo:

New small fission reactor for deep-space missions demonstrated

David Szondy

Exploring the regions of deep space beyond Mars means sending probes where solar power isn’t practical. Since the 1960s, NASA has equipped its Apollo missions and unmanned explorers with Radioisotope Thermal Generators (RTGs). These have worked very well, but they run on plutonium 238, which is currently in short supply. Therefore, the Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing a new small nuclear reactor for spacecraft that uses uranium instead of plutonium to power Stirling engines and generate electricity.

Para acabar por hoje, esta Gigajoga Magnífica, obra dum Ciber-Artesão, santa Paciência, e que está à venda, na Shapeways:

Introducing the 20 legged 3D Printed Strandbeest : Animaris Geneticus Ondularis

Theo Jansen's 3D printed Strandbeest continues to evolve with an even more elaborate walking mechanism and a centipede-like walking motion. The latest evolution called 'Animaris Geneticus Ondularis' walks on twenty separate legs that move in a wave sequence. This new configuration results in a fluent walking motion, different from its twelve legged predecessors. It incorporates 122 moving parts, showcasing the complexity of mechanisms possible with 3D printed fabrication. It is also slightly larger than its predecessors. The operating principle of 'Animaris Geneticus Ondularis' is based on one of Theo Jansen's original beach walkers, the 'Animaris Ondula'.

quarta-feira, 28 de novembro de 2012

Shopbot, Cubify, Hobby Technik, e peças com cola.

O Shopbot Desktop é bacano!
Por este preço, não há quem lhe chegue perto, tem peças e programas comó caraças, ponta digitalizadora, é o maio...
E digo isto, depois de ver um excelente artigo duma Página no Facebook dedicada à Carpintaria, American Woodworker, com uma comparação, e um Vídeo que convencem.

E eis outro Vídeo, este com uma peça em Alumínio:

Vão ver ao Site, onde até vos ensinam o que é, e não é fresagem 3D:

3D Cutting and CNC Routers
3D cutting, machining and sculpting can be used in many different types of projects. It is one of the most impressive capabilities a ShopBot CNC tool will bring to your shop. All ShopBots have full 3D capability, and the high-speed capabilities of PRS ShopBots make them excellent for efficient 3D work. There is a lot of confusion surrounding 3D and how to best make it work for you and your type of application.
This section is intended to provide you with an introduction to 3D and to clarify how you might to incorporate 3D features into your work. Understand at the outset that there are a lot of different ways to do 3D and there will probably be at least one that is right for you.

O Site da Cubify tem coisas do caraças!
Como este Enfeite de bolo de casamento, bem à Engenhocas!!!


Mas Romance de Casal Engenhocas à parte, descarreguei este Programa 3D da Cubify, e dei uma Voltinha nele, versão Grátis por 60 dias, é claro...

Tem uma série de Tutoriais, portanto, é de experimentar:


E depois, é irem à página dos Downloads:

Cubify Invent
Easy to learn 3D design software
Powerful to use
3D printing ready

Lembram-se do Ornitóptero?
Pois aqui está onde comprá-lo, Hobby Technik:

About Us

Sean Kinkade started RC ornithopter development for the hobby market as a life long passion starting early in life. Throughout the 1980's and 1990's gradual progress was made with various prototype models.
Breakthrough success finally came in 1998 with the nitro powered VT-series of models which led to the 1999 release of the world's first production RC ornithopter called the SkyBird. The trend in RC around the time of the SkyBird was more towards electric power and especially smaller "park flyers" as battery, motor, and radio technology rapidly advanced. Kinkade followed this trend which resulted in the development of the Park Hawk, the first production electric RC ornithopter.

As peças feitas com Molde de Silicone e Cola de Pistola de Cola vão avançando, e cada vez melhor, a última é a de baixo, à esquerda, ao lado da roda dentada original:

É bom!

terça-feira, 27 de novembro de 2012

Um Natal Para as Crianças com Cancro, Mindsets, Wahs, Ornitópteros e mais...

Isto é duma elevação e bondade sem rival, parabéns, Science4you, orgulho-me de vos conhecer, e ter sempre apoiado...
Brinquedos para as crianças com Cancro, que vão passar o Natal no Instituto Português de Oncologia, grande Hospital, e já lá fui, vão vocês que lêem isto, agora:

Da Mindsets, vem de tudo para um belo Natal Engenhocas, Robots à farta, tal como Aviões da Estes, vão lá ver:


Falando de Aviões, outras Máquinas voadoras, eis, dica do nosso amigo Inventor Eduardo Guerreiro, um Ornitóptero que faz as delícias de Míudos e graúdos!

Dica de Affonso Orciuoli, na página do Facebook Rede Brasileira de Fabricação Digital, eis esta notícia da Maglab, sobre o que poderia ser chamado de Arquitectura reactiva ao Ambiente:


MAGLAB Responsive SkinsII Workshop - AIU"Arab International Unive

The workshop asks how material behavior can be introduced into architectural design and which consequences this has on design. The workshop focused on the behavior of material in larger arrays and how one can design and steer these.
The topic was scrutinized under different points of view (biology, mathematics, art) to end up in an architectural expression.
The workshop was structured in theoretical lectures, seminars on necessary digital tools and practical work during, which students explored around and apply the concepts and strategies explained throughout physical responsive real scale prototype.
The workshop supported with contemporary tools (digital fabrication) and technology (associative environments) which provided a strategic means for navigating the multitude of forces at play, while the prototype served as the activating link between material research and design innovation.

O nosso amigo Jon Cantin não pára quieto, e como podem ver, anda às voltas com nada mais, nada menos, que uma versão cortada a Laser da Torre Eifel!
Trabalho considerável...

Laser Cut Eiffel Tower: Design Update 2

Still have a few hours ahead of me here at so much more to see tomorrow but at least now I have the angles worked-out for the base and got a few tweeks figured-out. With simply the based worked-out, it’s already starting to be recognizable.

Do nosso amigo Red Binary, este Projecto de mais alcance, controlar um Wah duma Guitarra Eléctrica, com o auxílio deste Aparelho, ora eis assim, um Instructable para Bandas de vários estilos:

Zeta Reticuli: MIDI controlled 10-band EQ and multiple external effect interface 
Approximately half my lifetime (20 years) ago I used to have literally drillions & drillions of ideas that I still feel aren’t a complete waste of time. One of these brilliant ideas was to be able to control a guitar wah pedal from my computer. At the time I had scant musical equipment to match my scant muscial abilities. I had scavenged what I could afford in my extremely limited means from pawnshops, flea markets, thrift stores, & the Penny Power. Among this discarded mess were an Atari 1040st computer which has built in MIDI, a Korg Poly800MkI synth, & a Boss DR550 drum machine. I had been successfully using the Atari to sequence the synth & drum machine, but wanted to also control effects for my guitar at the same time and in the same way. But this was the early 1990′s. I didn’t have the skill nor the funds to do anything of the sort.

For those interested here are some YouTube links to a blurry picture of my son playing with the Korg over very randomly spliced together and poorly preserved material salvaged from a cassette made at the time: SLSC-B01 & SLSC-B02

segunda-feira, 26 de novembro de 2012

Instructables, Traceparts, e Notícias bacanas

Comecemos por este achado, como duplicarem os vossos Cartões RFID, porque um Duplicado faz sempre jeito...
E tem um Link para verem mais projectos dele, à venda, ora aí está uma ideia impecável para tanto outro Engenhocas fazer uns trocados...

RFID Emulator - How to Clone RFID Card, Tag ...

Where the idea came.
The idea of creating RFID Emultor come from the idea to create an environment for developing and experimenting with different RFID applications. This article was created with the goal of engineers amateur enthusiasts and fans of electronics who like to experiment with different radio frequency devices and face their challenges. Later i realized it for the useful application of the schematic in our daily lives and how useful it can be developed schematic for making a backup of the existing RFID card, so you always have a backup of your access card - as assume that you have the spare keys to your home or car. If you loss your RIFD card, you will have backup using RIFD Emulator, you will not be able to lift without the barrier of your garage or sitting outside the office. After using this emulator for emergency needs when is possible and in convenient time you can tell people supporting system for access control that your card is lost and want new. And with RFID emulator you can make a backup of it and to use it in subsequent similar need. Most useful of all this is that RIFD Emulator will not confuse engagements planned for the day.

You can buy kit for assembling and see another interesting projects in my website:

Mais uma maneira de brilharem enquanto Engenhocas-Artesãos, que muitos de vocês são, eis uma Caixa de Jóias com categoria...

Oak Jewelry Box featuring Box Joint Construction

When I decided to make a jewelry box as a birthday gift for my daughter, my goal was to make it as distinctive as possible. So, since I always enjoy learning a new woodworking technique, I decided to teach myself how to create box joints.

The box joint, also called a finger joint, is an aesthetically pleasing form of joinery that turns a simple box into a beautiful piece of woodworking. While similar to the more elegant dovetail joint, box joints are more easily fabricated and actually provide a joint of superior strength. The technique used to create them, as presented in this instructable, is straightforward and relatively easy to master.

Arduinos à brava, e cada vez mais, eis um para tocarem Samples, nas Festas lá do sítio...
Mas também servirá para sei lá mais o quê, para ser accionado rápidamente, dum banco de dados. Reparem na caixa cortada por Laser...


This instrument was build using  an Arduino Uno and some  hardware components ( rotary encoder, potentiometer and  simple iron bolds). The software running the actual audio and video is a Pure Data / GEM patch. Additionaly Echonest API was used to do the sample cutup. You can send any mp4 file to it and it returns a folder containing the sliced up .mp4 and .wav files.
The box was made using parametric Flexbox found on thingiverse..

Basic idea was to create an instrument which triggers certain parts of a sample. PD cuts up every sample into 8 sections and maps these on the 8 keys of the instrument. A random factor is build in to play the sample for- and backwards.The keys are plain iron bolds, we used capacitive sensing to trigger the sampleparts.

The rotary encoder on the right side of the instrument runs through the different files in the folder. The slider pitchshifts the sample.

Para as Jovens Famílias, eis Camas de Beliche que vocês podem construír, com Instrucções passo-a-passo bem completas, não há que falhar...

Easy, Modular, Pine Bunkbeds
The Valiant
I've been building projects from Instructables for years but have never really had the time to post any of my own projects. I've found myself with a little extra time lately though and decided it was time to start giving back to the community. So, for my very first shot at an Instructable, allow me to present (drum roll please):

Bunk Beds! (and there was much rejoicing!)
(from wikipedia): A type of bed where one bed frame is stacked on top of another.

Like Minivans, the more children you have the better bunk beds start to look. And unless you are lucky enough to live in nice big house where everyone gets their own room, the ability to stack your children at night provides more floor space for things like desks, couches, and toys to trip over.

Unfortunately, bunk beds can be pretty pricey - putting them out of reach for most people. Worse than that, most of the production bunk bed frames on the market that I've seen are pretty flimsy - and I just couldn't justify spending $1,000 to have my kids spend 8 hours a night, 5 feet in the air, worried they were going to come crashing down every time they rolled over!

The good news is, you can pretty easily build a bunk bed that is rock solid, looks great, breaks down easily for moves, and is completely modular - and for only $125 - $200 in wood and supplies.

Mais um Projecto envolvendo Corte Laser, e umas dicas bacanas para fazerem caixas, e dobrarem Plástico, eis esta maravilha para o vosso Equipamento de Som:

Make a custom speaker housing 
Background info
This is a project that I produced for my Product Design GCSE, I then adapted it so that it would be easier to explain as an Instructable

The Project
The speaker has a custom housing that suits a certain theme, for my GCSE I chose the theme of the 4 seasons, but the main style I chose was a snowflake and that's the style that I will be using to explain the design and build proccess.

Please don't forget to vote this for the contests :)
Voltando às Misturas de Samples, eis um Projecto bem simático, que faz lembrar as Consolas de Pac-Man, e usa este achado p'ara usarem os PCs sem os crasharem, o Teensy!
Teensy USB Development Board 
The Teensy is a complete USB-based microcontroller development system, in a very small footprint, capable of implementing many types of projects. All programming is done via the USB port. No special programmer is needed, only a standard "Mini-B" USB cable and a PC or Macintosh with a USB port.
Não sabia disto...
Voltemos então ao Pac Mod, o Pac-Man que toca Mods:


For my son’s birthday I made him a DJ controller designed to resemble an old cabinet arcade machine. What follows is a brief overview of the process to make it, including code.

The Teensy was chosen as the brains because of the way it handles USB. Not only does it have native USB, rather than the FTDI USB-to-serial interface that turns making use of the port a series of work-arounds, but as you’ll see in the code the MIDI library makes writing the firmware a trivial pursuit.

O Site da Traceparts continua a crescer , como podem ver nesta lista de novos catálogos de peças em 2D e 3D, que podem usar para os vossos planos:

Eis uma ideia a lembrar o trabalho do malogrado Engenheiro Jaime Filipe, uma maravilha da Tecnologia da Reabilitação, é o que é esta ideia para transmitir Braille...
Directamente à Retina dos Cegos!

Researchers transmit braille directly to the retina of blind test subject

Ben Coxworth

Second Sight’s Argus II Retinal Prosthesis is definitely an interesting piece of technology, allowing a blind user to “see” objects, colors and movement in their environment. Ordinarily, this is done with the help of a video-camera-equipped pair of glasses worn by the user. In a recent experiment, however, researchers bypassed the camera, transmitting visual braille patterns directly to a blind test subject’s retina.
Here’s how the Argus II normally works. The prosthesis itself is implanted in a blind user’s eye, placing an array of 60 electrodes against the surface of the retina. The accompanying video glasses take in the view in front of the user, and convert the video signal into electrical pulses. These pulses are wirelessly transmitted to the implanted electrodes, which respond by selectively stimulating retinal nerve cells.
While the results aren’t the same as normal vision, they’re good enough to allow some users to identify individual printed letters.

...E que tal um Chip de Radar do tamanho duma Unha?
Para alguma coisa de bom, servem os Fundos da Ce, de vez em quando, eis o chip de Radar mais pequeno do Mundo, e que ainda por cima, é barato!
Planeado para os Smartphones, esperem só atá a malta do Arduino, Raspberry Pi, e companhia, der com isto, vai servir para muitas mais coisas!

Fingernail-sized radar chip could be used in future smartphones

Adam Williams

Research based in Frankfurt, Germany, and funded by the European Union, has resulted in a new low-cost, fingernail-sized radar chip package that could be implemented in a variety of areas, including the automotive industry, robotics and smartphones.
The chip was developed under the “Silicon-based ultra-compact cost-efficient system design for mm-wave sensors” (or Success) consortium, and is believed to be the smallest complete silicon-based system-on-chip (SoC) device for radar able to operate at frequencies beyond 100 GHz.
“As far as I know, this is the smallest complete radar system in the world,” said Professor Christoph Scheytt, coordinator of the project on behalf of IHP Microelectronics in Frankfurt, Germany. “There are other chips working at frequencies beyond 100 GHz addressing radar sensing, but this is the highest level of integration that has ever been achieved in silicon.”