Monday, February 3, 2014

Inside the Technology

We take a lot of the latest technologies for granted, being wowed by the initial innovations within our new gadgets and the ones about to hit the production line; only to turn on them a few months down the line when something new comes out and we start wishing that they had this or that in order to make them even better.

You only have to look at the camera on the iPhone for evidence of an amazing device that receives negative comments for one factor that, if we’re honest, we could do without by purchasing a digital camera! But what isn’t taken into consideration is the sheer commitment and ingenuity put into practice in the development and manufacturing of the latest and greatest technologies, which got me thinking about some of the “behind the scenes” stars of various industries, if you like. Some of the key components without which, our “essentials” just wouldn’t function.

Take your car as an example. The technologies used in just making the machine start are incredible, making every single piece work to the optimum level at precisely the right moment. Within your car, whether it’s a million-pound supercar or a third-hand family model that gets you from A to B that you’d rather be driving under the cover of darkness! Now you might start thinking here about the engine, clutch, exhaust system and other large parts, but a torque sensor plays a huge roll in the whole process and the chances are that you’ve probably never heard of it.

A torque sensor, also known as a Torque Transducer, (find out more about Transducer Techniques and torque sensors in general), is a device used for measuring the torque on a rotating system such as on the various moving parts of a car including the engine, crankshaft and gearbox. The job of this sensor is to convert a torsional mechanical input into an electrical output signal, helping the car to keep functioning. If you’ve ever had an electrical issue with a part of your car – by which I don’t include a headlight bulb going I mean with the moving parts – then a torque sensor has probably been involved in the process at some stage.

It’s only when you dissect our essential electrical devices and gadgets that you truly appreciate how they’re made, how they work and how they’ve been developed. So the next time you complain about the quality of your camera on your £200 smartphone, just think about how lucky you are to have one at all – as well as all of the other groundbreaking functions!

This article was written by Matt Rawlings, a UK-based writer specializing in the latest technologies and industry developments.

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