Criminals beware. By the end of this year, law enforcement officers of TV's "What'cha gonna do" fame will have another tool to track you down. The Team Leader vest integrates digital video, still camera, voice recorder, barcode scanner, and specialized sensors into a rugged, weatherproof unit. This system, originally developed for the U.S. Department of Energy for immigration, captures and uses satellite images, terrain features, architectural drawings, site plans, as well as other information to investigate a crime scene. Incorporating an IBM-compatible personal computer, the vest serves as a portable library with access to maps, facility floor plans, data bases, reports, forms investigation protocols, and scientific technical and legal reference materials. Information gathered at the scenes can be disseminated instantly via fax, e-mail, or wireless LAN lines to a base station. Up to eight Team Leaders can exchange information and communications simultaneously. "If Team Leader were deployed at a murder site, for example, investigators could use the unit to track their routes and create a detailed map of the scene," says Dan Irwin, Team Leader project manager at Pacific Northwest Laboratory. "Upon discovery of the murder weapon, investigators could link the evidence to its geographical position with laser measurements and positional data, capture still and video images, and record detailed audio and text notes. The digitized evidence would be transferred immediately to an evidence custodian and could be recalled months or years later during a trial through its assigned barcode." FAX: (509) 375-2242.
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.