If you haven’t already, take a look at the web site dedicated to T. Boone Pickens’ energy plan. Pickens deserves credit for conjuring up a comprehensive plan. And it’s hard to argue with his statements about America’s addiction to foreign oil. But will his plan work? In the next two weeks we’ll go to experts in the automotive and energy arenas to get their views on the viability of the plan, which calls for heavy use of wind energy and natural-gas-powered vehicles. In the meantime, look at his site and let us know what you think.
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.