A French company has introduced an environmentally friendly antifouling paint to protect the bottom of ships against living organisms that attach themselves to the hull. Developed by the Laboratoire International Maritime, and unlike most antifouling products based on copper oxides, Biomarine contains no heavy metals, toxic products, or silicone. Instead, its formula is based on special acrylic resins that are transformed into a self-polishing polymer. The paint is said to have exceptional anti-static properties, and, as a result, repels micro-organisms without killing or intoxicating them. The paint can be used on steel, cast iron, aluminum, polyester, wood, zinc coating, and concrete. It lasts between two and three times longer than existing products, according to the manufacturer, and comes in blue, red, black, green, off-white, and a fluorescent version for safety on sailboats. FAX Alicia Ronan at (312) .
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.
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.