Just How Toxic Are Carbon Nanotubes?
Engineering Materials 11/29/2012 32 comments Researchers at Texas Tech University have come up with a new method for detecting extremely small CNTs in soils, which will help determine their toxicity.
Slideshow: Great Space Rovers
Blog 11/20/2012 31 comments The Canadian Space Agency, makers of the International Space Station's 30-year robotic Canadarm project, is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers.
Robots Take Human Factor Out of Mining
Blog 11/16/2012 21 comments Engineers have developed robots to take the human factor out of mining work and provide automation in the process, making it more efficient and less dangerous for the people involved.
Slideshow: Apple iPad Mini Teardown
Blog 11/6/2012 19 comments Despite Steve Jobs' protestations that 7-inch tablets were "too big to compete with a smartphone; too small to compete with an iPad," on Oct. 23, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple's latest device, the iPad Mini.
Video: Robot Turns Your Dreams Into Art
Blog 11/16/2012 15 comments Ever wondered what your nightly tossing, turning, and snoring would look like if turned into art by a robot? Winners of a chance to stay at a European hotel chain will find out when their sleep pattern data is captured by sensors and painted by an ABB robot.
Slideshow: Making Sense of Connected Sensors
Blog 11/26/2012 11 comments The Embedded Technology 2012 trade show held recently in Yokohama, Japan, focused on five smart technologies: energy, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, and transportation systems, as well as mobile and cloud computing.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.