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Yellow line, green turf: The innovations that drove sport action tracking
January 31, 2019 - IEEE GlobalSpec

Editor's Note: It's NFL Super Bowl time again, and this article first published in March 2015 on Engineering360 may be just the thing to distract you and your friends if the big game doesn't go your way. The addition of an on-screen graphic to show TV audiences the first-down line in U.S....

Autopilot Systems Equip Drones With Advanced Capabilities
November 27, 2014 - IEEE GlobalSpec

In September 2014, NASA issued a request seeking partners to help develop a traffic management system for eventual use by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that applies to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating in Class G airspace (ground level to 500 feet). One...

How Do Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Navigate Autonomously?
November 19, 2018 - IEEE GlobalSpec

GPS does not work underwater. The signals from orbiting GPS satellites can't penetrate below the surface. So how do submarines find their way in the ocean's depths? Autonomous underwater vehicles must utilize tools other than GPS to navigate below the surface. Source: ECA Group Unmanned underwater...

Specifying Hydrostatic and Hydrodynamic Bearings
July 14, 2015 - IEEE GlobalSpec

Hydrostatic bearings and hydrodynamic bearings are fluid film bearings that rely on a film of oil or air to create a clearance between the moving and stationary elements. Although they may be similar in appearance, hydrostatic and hydrodynamic bearings are different in operation from plain Image...

Network Video Recorders Specification Guide
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Network video recorders (NVR) are internet protocol (IP) based devices that are connected to a network and used for the simultaneous recording and remote access of live video streams from IP cameras. The main application for a network video recorder is IP video security / surveillance...

CMOS Cameras: How They Work and How to Use Them
December 29, 2015 - IEEE GlobalSpec

CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) cameras are a type of image capture device that utilize an image sensor to register visible light as an electronic signal. These types of cameras do not use photochemical film to capture images or video. Instead, the electronic signal is...

Flight Testing the Parrot Bebop Drone
October 13, 2015 - IEEE GlobalSpec

Twenty-five years ago, GPS technology began to be extended from military systems navigation to use in flight testing for aircraft attitude determination as well as civilian applications. Jump ahead to today with the proliferation of microprocessor and computing power advances...

Flight Management Systems Specification Guide
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Flight management systems (FMS) are on-board computers used for multi-purpose navigation, performance computations, and aircraft operations. FMSs systematize virtual data and operational processes of all flight-related elements, both closed and open, from pre-engine checks and takeoff...

Drones Surf the Seas for Oil Majors
April 21, 2015 - IEEE GlobalSpec

Recent developments in robotics may offer savings for oil companies drilling off-shore. Companies like Liquid Robotics and Kongsberg Underwater Technology have developed ocean-faring gliders to test and collect water samples, detect oil leaks and monitor pipelines thus cutting costs and...

Vision Sensors Specification Guide
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Vision sensors (a.k.a. machine vision or vision systems) are products consisting of a video camera, display and interface, and computer processor to automate industrial processes and decisions. These are commonly used for measurement, pass/fail decisions, and other observable...

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