Curious about what big cities are in the Chechnya region of Russia or what exactly constitutes its Golden Ring? Soon you might not have to contemplate a trip there to find out, but tap the Internet to get a bird’s eye view of the major cities in this sweeping country.
According to a report on the Russian-InfoCentre Web site, Microsoft has been in talks with two Russian companies to make the Russian territories part of its Virtual Earth project. Microsoft Virtual Earth, a competitor to Google Earth, is aiming to one up its competitor by providing full 3D models of Russia’s large cities and territories. The companies are talking about using high-performance hardware for a digital air survey as well as automatically generating textured 2D models of buildings and other structures.
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.