A new study by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing of Reading, PA, finds a whopping 99 percent of consumer products are guilty of greenwashing — the PR equivalent of hawking green attributes inaccurately. In the report, "Six Sins of Greenwashing," TerraChoice found that 1,018 common consumer products ranging from toothpaste to caulking to shampoo and printers committed at least one of the firm's identified six sins when touting "eco-friendly" products. The six sins include:
Sin of vagueness. Products often claim their ingredients are 100 percent natural when some of those natural substances are hazardous.
Sin of hidden trade-off. "Energy-efficient" products sometimes contain hazardous materials.
Sin of no proof. Some shampoos claim to be "certified organic" with no verifiable certification.
Sin if irrelevance. Products may claim to be CFC-free when CFCs were banned 20 years ago.
Sin of fibbing. Products sometimes falsely claim to be certified by a recognized environmental group.
Sin of lesser of two evils. "Organic" cigarettes or "environmentally friendly" pesticides.
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.