When I started writing this blog, I promised to flush out bad design. Well, the Maxtor Network Attached Storage back-up drive (model H01R300) I lambasted a few months ago still confounds me. Why? I can't shut it off w/o pulling the power cord which makes me very nervous with a 300GB drive. That's could have been what killed the first unit that I returned.
I press the alleged power switch, hold it in for five seconds like the instructions say and it powers down. But when I release the power button, it comes back on. I am on a rampage to get the kilwatt hours at my home below a grand and have replaced incandescents light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and shut down the hot tub for a month. For sure, the drive is not the worst electricity guzzler in the house, but the noisy hard drive motor is a constant reminder something is switched on when it needn't be.
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.