There’s more to report on my post last week about an experience returning a 3-in-1 Maxtor network back-up drive that died after 60 days of use. What gauls me is that Maxtor sent me a refurbished unit instead of new unit yet said it would charge me the new price of $350 if I did not send back the dead unit within 30 days (I did and will be watching my credit card bills like a hawk.)
Maybe it’s like the rental car companies charging $7 a gallon if I don’t fill up before returning the car, but I only paid $222 for the unit THAT DIED AND WAS NEW from Amazon. Maybe, it’s $350 for units that actually work even if they are used. I think Maxtor’s return practices are sleazy. BTW, Maxtor is owned by Seagate.
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.