Maria Yee Inc., a Santa Cruz, CA lifestyle design company, has started to produce its home furnishings using patent-pending, BambooTimbre. The new product was designed to meet stringent Greenguard and E-1 standards for low-emitting materials. The product also qualifies as a “rapidly renewable” material, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Maria Yee created BambooTimbre as an alternative to the dwindling hardwood. The tough material is made from 100 percent Moso, a bamboo species that can be planted and harvested within a five-year cycle. The company notes that BambooTimbre requires no synthetic polymers to protect its surface and does not release harmful, volatile compounds into the atmosphere.
Bamboo furniture is an eco-alternative to other woods.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.