The Dell recall sent Dell into a tailspin. The company's growth tapered off sharply in 2006, sparking a change in CEOs as Kevin Rollins exited and wunderkind Michael Dell stepped back in. Perhaps, Lenovo should bring back whoitwhatzzit? The fact is Lenovo doesn't have an icon like Michael Dell and really hasn't since Don Estridge, the father of the IBM PC. And that's going back a quarter century!
Although a long time IBMer, Estridge didn't fit the rigid IBM mold of the era and as initial PC sales skyrocketed, the big iron boys in Armonk viewed him as a threat and kicked him upstairs. He died tragically in a jetliner crash in Dallas on Aug. 2, 1985. And you know what? Don Estridge could have built a better battery.
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.