When a Naval warship takes hits from enemy fire, the damage sometimes knocks out the electric power, making the warship more vulnerable. Steven Pekarek, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri, wants to decrease this vulnerability by changing the way the ship's electric power system operates. His new power distribution operates more like a city power grid where the main monitoring system senses problem areas and reroutes power to avoid electrical outages. Sensors monitor the ship and send information to a computer, which reconfigures the system if needed. For more information, visit www.umr.edu.
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.