In his recent blog post, “Energy Star CFLs superior to incandescent bulbs”, John Dodge highlighted energy savings achieved by replacing conventional bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in his home. I, too, am a CFL believer. A few months after moving into my apartment in Quincy, MA, I replaced every bulb with a CFL and realized a savings on my electricity bill of roughly 20%. Last year, I even gave CFLs to my family and friends for Christmas!
In a new twist on a 125-year-old technology, General Electric is working on new incandescent materials that will lead to high-efficiency incandescent (HEI) lamps. These new bulbs have potential to be as efficient as CFLs, provide the same light intensity and color quality as conventional bulbs, and feature “instant-on” capability (eliminating the time delay associated with turning on CLFs). In addition, a recent GE press release on HEI technology promises these news bulbs will cost less than CFLs.
There is no word yet on when HEIs might hit the market. So, CFLs remain today’s choice for energy efficient residential illumination. However, we may soon be thanking Mr. Edison once again for commercializing the incandescent light bulb.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.