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.
An Undersampling Wrapup
Mechatronics Zone 11/27/2012 Post a comment Contributing technical editor Jon Titus wraps up his undersampling columns with sample rates and a plot with extrapolated lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Autodesk Enters the Gaming Industry
CAD/CAM Corner 11/15/2012 3 comments Autodesk provides easy-to-use tools for every technical industry. Now, with its new version of Scaleform for mobile game developers, the gaming industry is in their sights.
Slideshow: Scenes From JEC Americas & IFAI
Blog 11/14/2012 8 comments For the first time ever, JEC Americas converged on the city of Boston November 7 to November 9, hosting a massive materials show in conjunction with IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International).
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.