Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly
Blog 10/31/2012 9 comments MIT researchers have created a prototype of a wearable sensor that can create maps of a person's environment as they move through it. Researchers envision emergency responders using the device to navigate disaster sites.
Video: MABEL Mimics Human Gait
Blog 10/18/2012 6 comments MABEL is a new humanoid robot developed by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Michigan that can walk and climb stairs like a human.
Interfacing Intelligent Sensors With Industrial Ethernet Networks
Blog 10/17/2012 6 comments While Industrial Ethernet has become the kingpin and standard for automation control networks, some devices such as smart sensors and actuators are relying on a simpler, point-to-point communications protocol to save on the cost, size, and complexity that an Ethernet solution requires.
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
Blog 10/15/2012 23 comments In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
Future Batteries, by the Numbers
Captain Hybrid 10/12/2012 14 comments To take EV batteries to the next level, materials scientists are examining a wide array of chemistries, from lithium-sulfur and lithium-air to a new breed of lead-acid.
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.