It's that time of year again, when we batten down the hatches and brace for the onslaught of great new products that our editors will painstakingly sift through in order to find the best in the bunch.
That's right, it's time for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. We apologize that we are bit late with the contest this year (many of you have been asking me about it for months now). We appreciate your patience and hope you think our revamped contest was worth the wait.
A few things you need to know: we have added a new category this year: automotive. And we've done some minor tweaking to our other categories. Entries are $295 and will be judged this year by Design News's editors, as well as our brand new Advisory Board, made up of the top brass from leading companies.
Even more exciting news is that the winners this year will be announced in February during a ceremony at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim.
Mydesign - sorry about that. I guess I was just resting on our Design News laurels here.
Products that entered the marketplace between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012 are eligible, as long as they fit into one of the 5 main categories/subcategories.
Keep in mind, we are not looking for end products, but the components used to make those end products. Hope that makes sense. Please feel free to email me or Lauren Muskett if you have further questions.
@Mydesign - we require a highly detailed, written description (300 words or less) as well as 1 or 2 high-resolution images. The nomination form is fairly simple - it has a space to enter your description as well as two modules where you can upload your images.
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.