The I-35W Bridge rebuilding proposal web site is interesting to say the least. The site reviews the technologies behind the winning bid - controversial because it did not go the lowest bidder - and lays out reviews the scoring system that says how the award was determined. The winning $234 million bid went to a joint venture between Flatiron Constructors Inc. and Manson Construction Co.
Indeed, the St. Anthony’s Falls Bridge rebuilding project will be one of the safest most-watched construction projects in American history. Among the interesting technologies will be a safety sensor and monitoring system that all bridges should have to a greater or lesser degree. In fact, such systems would be best utilized on older bridges where chances of structural failure are greater.
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.