The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) launched a new Robotics Online site at www.roboticsonline.com . Browse articles, technical papers, and case studies, or search through a list of vendors in robotic applications, including material handling and assembly and welding. Also on the site is the opportunity to Request for a Bid on a product or system and receive information from the manufacturer. Users can also submit robotics-related questions to their "Ask the Expert" feature or participate in online discussions through a message board or live chat.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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