Start magazine and SAM-USA (Save American Manufacturing) have organized the two-day Manufacturing and Economic Recovering Conference (MERC) program aimed at solving the economic issues facing American manufacturers today. To be held February 19 - 20, 2004 in Chicago, the conference will include a lineup of manufacturers, legislators, and economists. For more information, contact MERC@startmag.com.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.