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.
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.