Robot Cars Could Benefit Soldiers and Civilians Alike Even if the military doesn’t deploy truck-sized autonomous vehicles right away, DARPA’s Urban Challenge and other autonomous vehicle programs highlight how progress in robot technologies could improve driver assistance systems in passenger cars and trucks. Full Story
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- PODCAST Ten teams in the 2007 Urban Challenge made use of a positioning and orientation system from Applanix Corp. Louis Nastro, Applanix's director of land products, explains how these systems have evolved to give positioning accuracies down to a few centimeters.
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A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.