Saint-Laurent, Quebec —Formula One race teams try to use the most advanced technologies they can get to gain any advantage over the competition. Taking a clue from the electronics industry, British American Racing is using the ISIS? thermal imaging system from ART Advanced Research Technologies. Specifically, manufacturers use ISIS to find defects in printed circuit boards. The system is based on infrared radiometry and uses proprietary thermal algorithm software.
While the race team wouldn't say at press time what ISIS is looking at, from its picture it would seem to be for defect inspection of production parts. Paul Bisson, president and CEO of ART, says the arrangement "will enable us to pursue our R&D efforts with a major partner, while accelerating the large scale market deployment of our technologies."
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.