Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan projects the worldwide revenue of the machine vision technology systems market could reach $2.62 billion in 2009. But it also warns that the lack of operating standards would create difficulties in developing and operating vision systems and that end users would not be able to connect desired components. As machine vision technology expands, the report asserts, developing a common standard is necessary to increase the system components and capability options. For more information, go to www.testandmeasurement.frost.com.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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