Self-help guru Tony Robbins has a new prime-time reality TV series that offers people with big problems a new start, and 3-D design software provider Autodesk is getting in on the action. The NBC series, “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins,” featured a story about engineer Frank Alioto in the premiere episode this week. Alioto, who designed aftermarket automotive products for a living, sustained a serious spinal cord injury on the evening of his wedding in December 2007 that left him a quadriplegic.
As a result of his injury, Alioto suffered paralysis of the legs and had only limited hand movement, making it a serious challenge for him to resume work as an engineer. Alioto’s physical impairments made it challenge for him to interface with the advanced software applications that were so essential to his job.
Enter Tony Robbins and Autodesk, who worked together to find a solution. Autodesk donated the software in partnership with the NBC series in addition to providing hardware and training services from Autodesk Consulting to help Alioto “redesign his life.” Using a special adaptive touch pad and stylus, Alioto has been able to effectively work with the Autodesk suite, and the training has allowed him to get back to being an engineer. Now, Alioto has set his sights on returning to the automotive products field, either by telecommuting for an established company or possibly forming his own venture.
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.