The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is sponsoring the International Manufacturing Technology (IMTS) Show 2004 Manufacturing Conference, September 8-10, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The conference also hosts the IMTS trade-show, held every two years, running September 8-15. Present at this year's show will be representatives from TLC's show "Junkyard Wars: On the Road," giving attendees a chance to build and race gravity-powered racecars. To register or find out more about the conference or show, visit www.imtsnet.com.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.