Fancy yourself a budding cell phone designer? LG Mobile Phones is teaming up with crowdSPRING and Autodesk on a design competition, which gives engineers and engineer-wannabes the chance to design their vision of the next LG mobile phone, not to mention, compete for more than $80,000 in prizes.
Participants will be given a free 15-day trial of SketchBook Pro, a paint and drawing application, which they use to create the phone of their dreams. Over 40 winners will be selected, and the first place winner will receive $20,000, Autodesk industrial design software and a Wacom Intuos4 medium tablet. Thirty-seven participants will receive honorable mention awards for a total of $1,000 each.
Russell Bobbit, a movie prop master whose credits include Star Trek and Iron Man, will serve as a guest judge to award one contestant with the Prop Masters’ Choice award, which includes the creation of a non-working mock-up phone that could end up in Bobbit’s next film. Would-be phone designers can submit their entries until April 26, and the winner will be announced on May 14. 2010.
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.