Bloggers are always looking for ways to grow traffic. That's especially important for my new "If it ain't broke" blog. People don't know about it yet. We haven't begun to promote in DN print or the web site. We don't even have RSS feeds on our blogs! Stay tuned for all that, but frankly I can't wait.
So what better way to attract attention than to conduct a conversation with the PR community. So I made an announcement in my blog that I am no longer going to Consumer Electronics Show Janaury 8-11 in Las Vegas. I had signed up to go when I was editor-in-chief at Electronic Business. But I made the switch to Design News in early November so going to CES was no longer an imperative. BTW, we're sending our electronics guru, technical editor Chuck Murray.
Still, I've gotten upward of 100 requests via e-mail to meet with companies at CES. My way of telling the PR community that I am not going is via my blog. I have religiously steered them to that blog post with the simple e-mail: Bill, Please click on this link: /blog/130000213.html
And you know, they all do, and I've heard from many again, wishing me well in my new new job. Not only did succeed in telling them I am not going, I also let them know I have switched to Design News. Plus, they didn't feel ignored. And I generated some traffic and buzz about my blog. Come one. Come all. Happy holidays, everyone.
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.