PS3 pricing remains stratospheric, but is inching down closer to the the $499 and $599 Sony MSRPs. The long lines are gone and and no purchasers of the coveted game console have been robbed or shot in the past 10 days. CNET's video review gives the uninitiated (and non-gamer such as myself - I have a life, thank you very much) a good overview of the system and says while it has potential, it'll be a couple of years before games come that exploit its promising graphics.
So expect to pay close to $800 for the PS3 for 20 GB version on eBay if such offerings are real. Bobby on eBay says he'll deliver it by Christmas for $790 if your throw in $60 for shipping and his double boxing! Many are still trying to get up to $1,300-$1,600 for one and that remains the prevailing price range on Amazon. All in all, the furor and pricing seems to be dying down. Thank, god. Right now and game for game, CNET says the PS3 is only on par with the XBox 360. The new Wii Nintendo game is also commanding a healthy price premium.
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.