The Freescale Technology Forum is a little greener this year. Each forum in 2008 has a design challenge accompanying it — and the finalists’ prototypes, due May 16, will all be products that can benefit the environment.
Green design is an aspect of engineering possibly best fostered through competition. Driven by the importance of sustainability in future tools and technologies, competitions like the FTF challenge will in large part develop the sustainable systems we’ll rely on in the future. And each finalist announced seems, at least to me, promising — the list includes a flexible fuel engine control unit, a gas-saving automobile solution injection system, a clean water diverter and a sun light efficiency detector. It will be interesting to see how these technologies stack up against each other in a competition. Forum attendees will vote on the winning prototype, where I assume the major comparison point will be how beneficial each technology is to the environment. What sustainable engineering technologies do you think could have the most positive impact on the environment?
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.