Automotive component supplier Valeo (www.valeo.com) is celebrating its 80th anniversary since its 1923 inception as the Societe Anonyme Francaise du Ferodo. Originally formed as the exclusive distributor in France of friction materials produced by the UK company Ferodo Ltd., Valeo (Latin for "I'm doing well") entered the U.S. market in 1980 and has since been a supplier of components, integrated systems, and modules for cars and trucks. In 2003, Valeo reported worldwide sales at 10 billion euros.
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.