Fall is just around the corner, and you know what that means -- it's time to take a look at the products you've introduced in the last year, decide which are the best in the bunch, and enter Design News's Golden Mousetrap Awards!
A few things you need to know: we've made some minor changes to our categories and subcategories this year. While the four core technologies -- Electronics & Test; Automation & Control; Design Tools: Hardware & Software; and Materials & Assembly -- remain the same, we have added some new subcategories, most notably, 3D printing!
Entries are $295 and will be judged this year by Design News's editors, as well as our esteemed Advisory Board, made up of the top brass from leading companies. Products that entered the marketplace between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2013 are eligible.
The winners this year will be announced in February during a ceremony at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, where you will also meet the winner of our Rising Engineering Stars contest!
Over the years, our best product stories have always come from Golden Mousetrap awards. Last year, we also honored the winners at our awards night in Anaheim (Medical Design & Manufacturing Show) in February.
One of the best ways that innovative people can be rewarded for their contribution to coming up with the wonderful products is through the Golden Mousetrap awards. This ensures that they are kept on their toes to come up with something new. The entry fees are also very affordable therefore anybody is able to ensure that they can get their innovations into the competitions and get the credit that they deserve. A lot of information is also given therefore people who are interested should be able to know what they are expected to do so as to get into the competition. Personally I think that these people should be given the honour they deserve since we stand to benefit from the ideas that come out of the genius brains.
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.