Yes, NadineJ, SXSW is certainly coming into its own. But I hope it doesn't begin to compete with CES. SXSW has a nice alternative edge. This is the even that debuts the edgier side of music, film, and technology. I say let it stay edgy.
Depending on how much TI's board will end up costing it will be interesting to see what 3D printing hobbyists will make from it. The potential could be astronomic and could include not only custom made mice but miniature smart robots or even personal mobile devices such as MP3 and media players as well. It will be interesting to see what these new mini-boards will be used for in the near future.
SXSW hasn't been edgy for years. Like most things that become popular and mainstream (including TED or Coachella), it doesn't attract truly alternative thinkers and artists anymore. MtyMx is a good alternative to SXSW and e.g is a good alternative to TED today.
But, I think SXSW is edgier than CES for new companies to launch in the right atmosphere. IT's good to go and see what's hitting the mass market.
Cabe, I think it was mostly music until the last few years. It's been known as an edgier version of the Austin City Limits Festival. Of course, the Austin City Limits Festival is so huge there is an edgy festival buried in it. I'd like to go to SXSW too. It might be a tad overwhelming with scores of big and little venues throughout the city. The City Limits Festival has the advantage and focus of a single location.
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.