Toro has launched the Eurocycler electric lawnmower that includes features designed to help consumers recycle while saving energy on their lawn mowing. The mower includes a "recycle on demand" function that allows the user to instantly switch mower operation from bagging the cuttings in the normal way to recycling them into the lawn, thus reducing the amount of garden waste going into landfills.
The chopping function can be completed in about a third of the time it takes to mow and collect cuttings in a traditional manner. The Eurocycler was developed for the European market where yards tend to be small and consumers show a preference for goods that provide environmental benefits.
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.