Sandia National Laboratories' tiny micromachines now have a spokesman who's bigger than life. Charlton Heston provides onscreen and voice-over narration for a promotional video about micromachine and integrated microelectronics R&D performed at the lab. (Also, see Design News, 3/2/98, p. 126.) On the video, Heston taps into a half-century's worth of performing experience about the role of microsystems in nuclear weapons surety and other applications. The video conveys a sense of wonder about the engineering genius behind mechanical devices too small to see, but big enough to perhaps change the world. "Heston become fascinated with the technology, really amazed with the way we make these things, and what they might be used for," says Paul McWhorter, deputy director for the Technology, Microelectronics and Photonics Center at Sandia. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.