We’re all told that social networking is next wave of interaction between collagues, but now there’s Yammer. I’ve checked and and it looks like it could be pretty useful for engineers. It’s secure chat within your enterprise based on one simple question made famous by Facebook: “What are you doing right now” except Yammer asks “What are working on right now?” It’s a great way to exchange posts, images, ideas and links all within your own company Yammer network. In aggregate the discussions can be saved and accessed. In the process, the discussion create a knowledge base. The basic service is free, but companies can pay for administered networks that could conceivably supplant exspensive and internal e-mail servers (can you say Exchange?).
It sounds like a nifty tool for engineering collaboration. And it’s frighteningly simple and could get that social networking monkey off your back. Check out the demo (Yammer calls it a “tour”).
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.