We’ve all heard countless times how imperative it is to get kids interested in engineering and science — not only to help focus their young minds on matters of substance, but also to ensure our own long-term technological viability. The question is: How do you do this in a way that is age appropriate and won’t bore the kids to the point where the last thing they want to do is be an engineer?
Well, PBS comes to the rescue with their newest season of Design Squad Nation. This year PBS is adding an additional interactive component to the program by featuring a contest that encourages kids to think outside the box and show how they can make Design Squad Nation’s activities even bigger. From creating a PVC Kayak, to a giant sized catapult, the possibilities are endless.
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.