Message to the PR community trying to arrange appointments at the Consumer Electronics show:
I am not going to CES as the result of switching jobs in November when I became editor-in-chief of Design News. I had signed up to go to CES as editor-in-chief of Electronic Business. In my new capacity, I will not be attending. I have been innudated with requests for appointments as I'm sure hundreds if not thousands of editors and writers have who been granted CES press credentials.
However, I welcome all the companies who contacted me to come by our Waltham, Mass. office.
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.