This morning, my commute to work took an hour and forty minutes. Most was spent on the Route 128 beltway outside of Boston. One twenty eight was once informally referred to as "America’s Technology Highway," but I more think of it as America’s largest parking lot.
As I podded along at 2 MPH amid thousands of other unhappy campers, I looked at each lane and envisioned a set of railroad tracks, shuttling commuters around boston instead of into it. Various stations would dot the ring and there, commuters would be ferried to their office building by shuttles and vans.
With gasoline tipping $3 a gallon and strained oil supplies, I thought what a waste of a precious resource. Cars going nowhere and burning gaseline is something beyond a colossal waste. It’s nuts. It’s insane. It’s lunacy.
Meanwhile, the story on NPR is how Congress is failing to pass a comprehensive energy bill. Translation: our politicians are failing us. What is it going to take – $20 a gallon gasoline? If so, so be it.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.