Beacon Spreader Bar Communications
ABLAZE personnel have designed and
installed an infrared digital communications system to transmit data over
200 feet in broad daylight conditions. The transmitter is shock-mounted
and located on a spreader bar of a container crane. The receiver is
located on the trolley of the crane over 100 feet above the spreader. The
system is used to transmit AEI (automated equipment identification)
information to an inventory control system.
With NSF funding, Ablaze personnel
developed a system that supplied touch feedback when manipulating a
computer interface. For example, when the cursor was placed over a button,
the force-feedback mouse would "capture" the user by applying a
force profile at the mouse's boundaries that the user had to overcome to
move the cursor outside the button's boundaries. Human-subjects
experiments demonstrated that this was an effective strategy for speeding
up computer interface operations.
Energy Management and
ABLAZE personnel have developed and
implemented a variety of EMCS techniques and installations. System have
been deployed in McDonald’s restaurants and Sheraton Hotels.
ABLAZE personnel have developed a real
time coordinate converter system for use in multiple degree of freedom
robotics systems. The system can be used in the control of a six degree of
freedom flight simulator. The main computer simply presents the coordinate
converter the desired aircraft attitude in roll, pitch, yaw, x, y and z.
The coordinate converter automatically converts the request into real time
commands that can directly drive the 6 legs of the motion base.
ABLAZE personnel designed a variety of
hybrid analog/digital microchips to implement neural network algorithms
directly in silicon. These algorithms included learning networks as well
as programmable networks to solve specific optimization problems. Another
set of chips, meant to be cascaded to form larger networks, comprised
arrays of programmable-weight "synapses" (connections) and
sigmoidal-function "neuron" circuits.
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