SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Bern Optics Inc. announced the availability of submillimeter optical lenses as small as 0.20mm. These precision lenses can be ground and polished in a variety of difficult configurations, including plano convex, plano concave, bi-concave, bi-convex, as well as positive and negative meniscus.
Created from optical and filter glasses, these microscopic elements - some as small as a grain of salt - can be produced with spherical and cylindrical radii with submillimeter curvatures and diameters. These lenses are used in endoscopic medical devices, as well as other optical instrumentation where precision and high quality are required.
Bern Optics can also cement doublets (achromats) and triplets, furnishing exceptionally accurate alignment. The centration of each element is verified before and after cementing. Custom designed anti-reflection coatings can also be provided on all lenses.
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.