As you read this story on your computer screen, think about the technology that paints the letters and icons on your monitor.
For 95 years, the method of making flat-panel LCDs (liquid crystal displays) has been the same--rubbing a polymer substrate with a velvet paint roller. This aligns the molecules so they rotate in response to an electric signal, thus turning pixels on and off.
The new method is quicker, it avoids streaks and scratches, and it allows real-time quality control, IBM says. The company plans to create a production line by year-end, and also to license the method to other manufacturers.
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.