Although electric motors have been around since the first half of the 19th century, their function has largely remained unchanged. By converting electricity to mechanical energy they act as the muscles that power the world’s machines and devices and give them the ability to spin and move.
Accordingly, the bulk of the innovations that the technology has undergone since its inception have ultimately been aimed at improving its performance in this regard.
But what if, in addition to these improvements, the very function of motors could evolve as well? What new possibilities would emerge if electric motors started acting not only like muscles, but also like the neurons in our brains or even like our vocal chords? [Read more…] about Nidec showcases its technologies of the future at CES