Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
Blog 12/10/2013 22 comments Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 12/4/2013 38 comments 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.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 12/4/2013 11 comments 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.
The Importance of Mentors
Blog 11/27/2013 41 comments Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
Blog 11/21/2013 21 comments Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
New Journal Covers Responsible Innovation
Blog 11/20/2013 5 comments The Journal of Responsible Innovation will offer practitioners and scholars a place to articulate, strengthen, and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in research and development. It intends to provide a forum for discussions of ethical, social, and government issues related to innovation.
Slideshow: New Directions in Wearable Tech
Blog 11/19/2013 27 comments A recent contest sponsored by the element14 design community and Adafruit Industries shows that designers are hard at work on innovations that integrate fabric and technology to create smart products.
Hackers at Your Gate
Blog 11/14/2013 19 comments Michael Assante, director of the National Board of Information Security Examiners, painted a dire picture of the growing threat of cyber-security at the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston this week.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 11/8/2013 23 comments Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
Building Circuit Boards With an Inkjet Printer
Blog 11/7/2013 18 comments Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found a way to print conductive ink onto a piece of paper from an everyday inkjet printer, making it a cheap, fast, and reliable way to quickly create and test PCB designs.
Always-On Sensors Bring Real Benefits
Blog 11/5/2013 7 comments QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S1 platform integrates a sensor manager that can implement a very low-power I2C master interface that communicates with multi-axis sensors like accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, ambient light sensors, and pressure sensors.
Young Girls Excel in STEM
Blog 10/30/2013 23 comments Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
The Difference Is Ultra-Small
Blog 10/28/2013 Post a comment Torex Semiconductor recently introduced its XC8107/XC8108 series of power switches, which offer an 85-mΩ on resistance. They are suited for USB 2.0 and 3.0 applications, as well as power line distribution applications.
Golden Mousetraps? What's That?
Blog 10/25/2013 9 comments The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" Find out here.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.