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Staying Ahead at the FIRST Robotics Competition After winning Boston's FIRST regionals, high school robotics team the NU-TRONS went on to compete in this year's FIRST Robotics Competition in Atlanta, GA. The team describes how they prepared for the challenge. Full Story Boeing Dreamliner 787 Orders Pass 500 MarkBoeing has announced orders have passed the 500 mark for its 787 Dreamliner, pushing the airline giant ahead of Airbus in the big-stakes race of next-generation airplanes. Full Story Whirlpool Innovates with ABS Overmold, Aluminum Door Trim Ring InsertsInnovative new designs from Whirlpool at the OEM include ABS overmold applied with a two-barrel molding machine and a new door trim ring with an aluminum insert. Full Story SAE 2007 World Congress: Coverage from the Show FloorToyota and GM stole the show at this year's SAE World Congress with a one-person i-swing concept vehicle and a "skateboard" chassis for the Chevy Sequel. Full Story Gadget Freak Case #100: William Noticed a VibrationWilliam Grill's Seismic Detector is built around a laser pointer, a few hobby-type mirrors, a PIN photodiode, regulator and amplifier, enclosed in common PVC tubing and fittings. Full Story GM, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota Roll Out NASCAR 'Cars of Tomorrow'Racing engineers at GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota are scrambling to find new ways to build winners after NASCAR’s safety effort increased drag and reduced vehicle speeds. Full Story
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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.