Heated lattice tungsten filaments can emit more energy than solid tungsten filaments—a discovery that could meet the increasing power demand in advanced electrical applications such as hybrid electric cars—says an analysis by Technical Insights (www.technical-insights.frost.com). With crystalline regularity, tungsten lattices are capable of bending light without losing any energy, exhibiting a conversion efficiency of 34% and electrical power density of about 14 W/cm2 when heated to 1,250 centigrade. Thanks to computer chip production technology, they can now be mass-fabricated.
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.