I have not been a prolific blogger of late because I’ve been buried under revisions of my MIT doctoral thesis. The official submission deadline was last Friday, but I’m still plugging away at it. I am relying upon the leniency of the mechanical engineering graduate office to accept my thesis a few days late. However, with the passage of each day that the finished thesis does not materialize, charity for tardy submissions wanes. Hopefully by next Monday, my thesis will be in, and I will be back to my old blogging self. Heck, I may even risk boring you with a post about my thesis findings, which relate to a passive, human-portable cooling technique I created utilizing nanotechnology.
To wet your appetite for blog posts to come, Technology Review published an interesting chart concerning the increased rate of venture capitalist (VC) investment in clean energy, “The New New Thing is Clean Energy”. Annoyingly, Tech Review has started blocking new material on its Web site from non-registered users. So, unless you are registered, you can’t actually see the chart.
However, the gist of it is that in 1999, about 1% of all VC investment was going to clean energy; by 2006, that figure had risen to almost 10% ($2.4 billion). Tech Review goes on to say that “venture capitalists are starting to treat energy technology companies like the dot coms of 1999.” So, here is question in my mind: is the recent surge of interest and investment in energy technology the new bubble?
Stay tuned to find out what I think; I’ve just a few more thesis chapters to revise.
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.