The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) are co-sponsoring the 2004 North American Robot Safety Conference from March 24 to 26 in Toronto. Attendees will have the chance to learn to apply the Z432–Safeguarding of Machinery standard to a robot system environment; learn about accident prevention strategies; participate in panel discussions with technical experts; and share in case studies on integration projects, including working with an integrator. For information on the conference, including a list of exhibitors, visit www.roboticsonline.com/public/calendar/index.cfm.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.