October 2004
Engineer (00137758);10/8/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7661, p7
This article presents news briefs. Researchers at Bath University have developed intelligent clothing that adapts to changes in temperature to keep wearers comfortable, using micro technology that mimics the way pine cones open up and emit seeds. Engineers at the Centro Ricerche Fiat in Italy have developed head-up display technology that creates a virtuai image close to the driver's gaze. This means motorists do not have to change their focus to look at the instrument panel. NASA plans to test its autonomous docking technology in orbit later this month. The Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology system uses a video guidance sensor and GPS to calculate a spacecraft's exact location for docking, then makes turns, throttle or brake adjustments without a pilot.


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