The UK RoHS enforcement agency, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, is recruiting enforcement officers in advance of the July 1, 2006 RoHS deadline, though the organization has still not revealed how many officers it intends to hire or how it intends to enforce the European Union (EU) directive. So far, all eyes are on the UK for enforcement developments, since the UK has revealed more about enforcement than any other EU country. It is generally expected that other EU countries are likely to adopt the UK's enforcement strategy.
Managers at the National Weights and Measures Laboratory noted recently they are restricted from revealing enforcement plans. However, one source at the organization noted plans to hire contractors to do testing of products entering Europe.
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.