Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has contracted with Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. to produce a RoHS-compliant laptop that will be available in Wal-Mart's U.S. stores this spring. The move is part of Wal-Mart's goal of "offering sustainable products at affordable prices." The retailers have formed a collaborative group, Sustainable Value Networks, which brings together Wal-Mart, environmental organizations, suppliers and academicians in an effort to find ways to incorporate products and processes into the retail supply chain that are deemed sustainable.
The Toshiba-produced Satellite A55-S1064 includes a 1.60-GHz INTEL Celeron processor 380, 512 Mbyte DDR2 memory, 40 Gbyte hard drive and a 15-inch TruBrite display. It will be priced in most markets at less than $700.
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.