Low-cost CAD provider Alibre has joined the flock of companies testing the waters of social product development. The company’s new AlibrePowered.com social media website targets designers, digital fabricators and do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) to connect and share their latest designs within a community of like peers. The site encourages members to post their designs in albums, which can be viewed by other visitors to the site. Participants can also announce new product launches, share design information, ask questions and publicize their products and developments within the community. One week into the site’s launch, and Alibre says hundreds of users have logged on, posting designs ranging from a golf putter to a regulator watch, along with smaller creations like guitar picks and jewelry.
To kick off the new website, Alibre announced the Alibre 2010 Design Contest, offering up prizes from $250 to $1,000. Participants post their designs along with a description of what the design is and what it does on the AlibrePowered.com site, and winners will be selected by online voting. The contest runs through October 15, 2010.
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.