Are you like the rest of us obsessed with Google Earth? You can’t help yourself from indulging to check out the satellite view of your neighborhood, your favorite landmark, even where you’re going to stay on your next vacation.
Well, Google wants to enlist your help. On its blog this week, Google launched a call to arms to ready-and-willing designers to participate in building its 3D view of the universe. Google is touting its new 3D software tool, Google SketchUp 6, as a way for enthusiasts to easily build their own 3D models (of their house or the Empire State Building, for that matter) and then share the models with the rest of the world. Here’s how Google says it works: Download SketchUp 6 to create your model, upload it to the 3D Warehouse and put your name on it (just in case it’s selected, you’ll get the credit). Then, download the most recent version of Google Earth, go to the 3D Building folder under the Layers tab in the lefthand sidebar, and activate the “Best of 3D Warehouse.” All you have to do next is visit the location of the model you submitted to see if it’s there.
If your model doesn’t show up right away, don’t despair. Google says it sometimes takes weeks for models to appear in Google Earth. Follow these guidelines for building models and you might just might have a chance.
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.