Fans of the Design News “Mechatronics Zone” will find a fresh look at the MechZone microsite, mechzone.designnews.com, that is if you’re not here now. The new site includes sections for News, Blogs, and Resources along with a list of Popular Videos and Related Links. You can bookmark this site and or you can still get to it directly via the regular Design News site by looking under the Technology Beats, Blogs, and Hot Topics tabs. Either way, I bet you’ll like the variety of information on the new page.
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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.
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.
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.