The 12th Annual PTC Awards Competition is set to announce the winners of its design contest at PTC/USER World Event in June—meaning that design entries must be received by March 26, 2004. Entries must have been designed with PTC solutions, and must include a high-resolution image along with a PTC questionnaire. Judging by industry experts will be based on product innovation, product benefits and measurable metrics, complexity, and aesthetics. Winners will be showcased in PTC promotions and press coverage. For more information and to submit an entry for PTC Awards 2004, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-513.
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.