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.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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