Don't be surprised by the diminutive greeter that welcomes you to some Honda dealerships in Japan. Four-foot tall Asimo is the latest version of a humanoid robot developed by the automaker. This incarnation will recognize people it's seen before and respond to hand commands. The would-be android can also link to the Internet to provide information such as weather reports.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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