Is your kid is among the legions waiting with baited breath for Christmas morning to unwrap their presents, hoping for a Harry Potter LEGO® set? You can’t wait to see their face, but at the same time, you’re dreading the work of deciphering the manual and assembling the zillions of tiny pieces to create something recognizable.
Autodesk, pushing its 3-D agenda, is promising to help. Using Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer, the firm is making 3-D interaction instructions available to consumers for the latest Harry PotterTM HogwartsTM Castle–one of the hottest toys this holiday season. The 3-D guide translates 196 pages of instructions to help parents and kids figure out exactly how to assemble the 1,290 pieces and 11 mini figures. The instructions will debut in the next update of the existing Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer available on the Apple App store later this month and are available for download from Autodesk.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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