On April 17, over 18,000 visitors descended on the 2010 Live Green Expo, organized by the City of Plano. The event included over 200 exhibitors who educated the community about sustainable practices and promoted products and services to help people “Go Green”. The 2010 Expo achieved a “Zero Waste Event” milestone by planning clever waste diversion strategies in advance. 1,260 pounds of materials were recycled and 1,265 pounds of organics were collected for composting. Over 90% of the waste produced by the event was diverted, and only 300 pounds of trash were generated, proving that large public events in North Texas can occur with minimal waste accumulation.
However, instead of trying to promote this technology for commercialization (a quick return-on-investment analysis shows it cannot be economically viable), the display’s purpose was to allow booth visitors to “feel” the amount of physical effort required to operate common entertainment center electronics. Expo visitors who alternated between playing video games and pedaling bicycles quickly realized the exhausting amount of peddling necessary to power the technology many take for granted. This experience will remind people to turn off electronics, lights, and other energy guzzling appliances when they not in use - a slight change in behavior that nonetheless has a dramatic impact on energy conservation.
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.