Some pretty interesting product and systems design information comes across my desk every week. But some things just tend to stand out … like an unmanned ocean-going vessel designed to operate on its own for up to two years while conducting any number of sea-based research projects like storm tracking and ocean floor mapping.
With operating parameters such as this, the automation and control systems onboard have to handle everything from navigation and power management to data collection and communication. On top of all that, the vessel has to generate its own power via wind and solar.
Like I said … interesting stuff. You can learn more about it via the video link below.
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.