Here is yet another example of how the rest of the world seems to be outpacing the United States in adoption renewable energy technology. A remote Indian village called Gudda has leapfrogged conventional energy generation technology and adopted a solar power and battery system to run its water purification plant and provide electrical light after dusk.
CNN.com covered Gudda’s achievements in an article entitled, “Solar power makes tiny village beam”. This article also highlighted the contributions of Barefoot College, a rural school emphasizing hands-on skills, which develops solutions for India’s impoverished villages. The college serves over 125,000 people, and by the way, Barefoot College, an 80,000 square foot facility, is also completely solar powered.
In addition to solar energy, Barefoot College, also teaches students how to construct solar furnaces, capable of boiling a liter of water in eight minutes. For details on all of the college’s sun-power application areas, check out their solar power program. I truly commend the college for their approach to teaching India’s rural poor to help improve their own standard of living through technology.
Nonetheless, the CNN article makes we wonder why the U.S. isn’t adopting renewable energy technologies at breakneck pace. Our coal-fired power plants make us look like uncivilized cavemen juxtaposed against the electrification of rural India via photovoltaic arrays.
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.