Though it may be a late response, a number of electronic industry experts are questioning the scientific reasoning behind the European Union's (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Those speaking out against the legislation claim the EU did not base the directive on robust science. They point to a recent study that shows the conversion to lead-free solder actually runs contrary to the best interests of the environment.
Sources agreed that RoHS will not be repealed, and they concede that China and the U.S. will go forward with their own legislation similar to RoHS. But they still raised the issue that RoHS is based on faulty assumptions about environmental damage. They note that RoHS was based on outdated concepts — such as lead leaching into the soil from discarded electronic products — that have since been proven scientifically wrong. RoHS dissenters have created a website called Pushback at www.Rohsusa.com to discuss their disputes with the science behind RoHS-style laws.
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.