Former IndyCar racer and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt drove a modified racecar around the track during the 2014 Indianapolis 500 festivities, becoming the first person with quadriplegia to drive a racecar at high speed using integrated advanced electronics.
Arrow Electronics and its partners developed the technology that could change the automotive industry. Engineers modified the car—a 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray—with a human-to-machine interface so that Schmidt can drive it using only his head. It is known as the semi-autonomous motorcar, or SAM.
With the team from our headquarter city (the Denver Broncos) in the big game, Arrow Engineer Nick Powers 3D printed a custom koozie using our Taz 5 Printer (from LulzBot — an outfit just up the road from us in Loveland, CO). Check out this video for details on how Nick spun up this design.
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Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, with 2015 sales of $23.28 billion. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries. – less