Despite rising interest rates and a general sense of wariness about the economy, engineers crowded the aisles at Sensors Expo, held in Rosemont, IL, from June 5-7. The trade show and technical conference drew more than 3,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, including such electronics' industry giants as Analog Devices, Bosch, Canon, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, and Texas Instruments. Keynote speakers at the event included Robert Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder, and Sebastian Thrun, director of Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and chief designer of the university's winning DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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