When thinking of Las Vegas “educational” is hardly the first term that comes to mind. On May 13th, Las Vegas’ PURE Nightclub in Caesar’s Palace became a symposium for lighting professionals called the “PURE Lighting Technology Symposium” put on by Digi-Key Corp. PURE Nightclub was chosen for the symposium because of its dramatic lighting arraignments. PURE uses over forty intelligent lighting fixtures that move, mix color, use zoom and strobe effects and use a wide range of coverage without losing intensity.
Every room of PURE Nightclub exhibited some sort of innovative lighting including two rooms separated from the club that showed two opposite lighting effects; the White Room that kept the lighting simple and sophisticated and the Red Room that, true to its name, used a dark red glow to create a more lavish atmosphere. According to Digi-Key, PURE also uses Martin Mac 250 Spots, which are DMX programmable moving light fixtures with variable focus beams, dichroic color wheels and rotating gobo pattern wheels.
In a recent Digi-Key press release Digi-Key’s vice president of semiconductor products said “PURE Nightclub embodies Digi-Key’s ideal of lighting technology at its best. It is a fitting venue to bring together professionals from the lighting industry, ranging from lighting designers and engineers to stage lighting technicians and electricians, for Digi-Key’s PURE Lighting Technology Symposium.”
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.