In addition to the U.S., Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Sweden were invited to build homes that reflect each country’s technological capabilities and aesthetic sensibilities.
Future House USA will feature Frank Lloyd Wright and Chinese Feng Shui design themes, focusing on originality, unity with nature and the smooth flow of air and light. Technological features include ultra-efficient geothermal heat pumps to passive and active solar systems. Despite the use of advanced technologies, construction costs are consistent with those of homes that do not include the house’s design in the technology features.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.