Here's the hilarious "Retroencabulator" video making the rounds on Youtube courtesy of ebaumsworld parodying a fictitious Rockwell Automation product. It's copyrighted 1997 by Rockwell so I have to assume the company has (or had) a sense of humor. However, searching "retroencabulator" on Rockwell's site comes up dry. Allen-Bradley (now part of Rockwell), Reliance Electric and Dodge Gears (both part of Baldor now) parttake in the fun.
The encabulator - a precursor to Star Wars devices, indeed - was the fictitious invention of New York attorney Bernard Salwen who in 1946 wrote about the "Turbo-Encabulator" as a spoof on technical jargon. Many technoology companies - from GE to DaimlerChrysler - have evolved the encabulator over the decades, culminating in Rockwell's video in 1997.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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