After a recent story about America's engineering crisis, we were deluged by mail from readers expressing unhappiness with the way the corporate world treats engineers. Read some of the most recent letters below. If you're interested, we also invite you to weigh in with your opinions. To view the original story, "America's High-Tech Quandary," click on the link below. /article/CA6286283.html –Chuck Murray
In 2012, 2.2 million people pledged $319 million to kick-start more than 18,000 of its projects on Kickstarter.com. Here's a look at some of the most inspired ideas from the ultimate crowdfunding platform.
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.