The 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards were presented last week at a live ceremony, held in conjunction with the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, in Anaheim, Calif.
Click on the image below to meet some of the winners and to see scenes from the cocktail reception that preceded the ceremony.
Punya Prakash, a Texas Instruments engineer and the recipient of Design News's first Rising Engineering Star Award, is seen here with Larry Johannes (left) of Mouser Electronics, a sponsor of the award; and Design News Brand Director Rich Nass. Prakash is a vibrant, engaging speaker, and her speech was a highlight of the evening. (Photo: Chuck Murray/Design News)
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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