Summer’s nearly over, and with kids back in school and vacation season quickly coming to a wrap, most of us are in “back to the old grind” mode. If you’re up for one last fling, here’s a fun diversion with a 3-D design twist: Toy giant Hasbro, in partnership with Google is hosting a 3-D design competition around their new game, Monopoly City Streets, an online multi-player game that uses Google Maps as the actual game board.
The game, which launched this week to thunderous demand (enough so that the servers crashed yesterday on opening day), lets players around the globe compete against each other in the traditional Monopoly fashion. Yet the online/Google Maps twist means they can buy any street in the world and build not only houses and hotels, but stadiums, castles, even skyscrapers in their quest to become the reigning real estate champion.
To accompany the roll out, Google and Hasbro are teaming up on a design competition where people can compete to have their building designs incorporated into the new game. They’re looking for three new pieces to be included as part of the game. There’s also a chance to win a Google SketchUp Pro 7 license, a $495 value. Deadline to submit your entry is Sept. 27, 2009 at midnight, EST.
Here’s how to participate: Design your 3-D building model in Google SketchUp and upload it to the Google 3D Warehouse, marking it so it’s entered into the competition. The winners will be announced on Oct. 6 and the winning buildings will make their official debut in the game later in the month.
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.