Using SolidWorks design software, Aurora, IL-engineering firm The DiMonte Group has designed a voting machine that will enable handicapped citizens, including the blind, to vote. The machine, to be manufactured by AutoMARK, will be beta-tested in Phoenix during this year's presidential election, and will be commercially available in 2005. With a touch screen, brail keypad, audio, and "sip and puff" technology, the AutoMARK machine is designed to comply with new federal regulations that take effect in 2006 mandating that all precincts in the U.S. provide technology to enable the handicapped to vote unassisted.
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.