Lego robots aren’t the only educational tools being highlighted at NIWeek. Dean Kamen, who founded the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), will discuss this international contest for high school students in the closing keynote address Thursday.
Kamen, a National Inventors Hall of Fame member and winner of the National Medal of Technology, will also detail his ideas on fostering innovation within companies. But it’s the Segway inventor’s focus on FIRST that has the greatest impact on society, many feel. “Through his organization FIRST, Kamen has transformed the way our society thinks about math and science and has inspired thousands of young adults to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering,” says Ray Almgren, vice president of academic relations at National Instruments.
The winner of Kamen’s FIRST competition traveled to NIWeek
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.