Robotic contests are always a big draw for engineers, and they’re seen as a great way to get youngsters interested in science and technology. Lego Mindstorms are on display in Texas at NIWeek 07, with teams ranging from 11-year-olds and high school students to professional engineers.
They’ll be competing on a course used to teach Ohio State University engineering students how to program. The Mindstorm robots must track a line to find a colored block, then figure out what color it is and deliver it to a bin coded for each color. Teams will be given 45 mins to program their robots.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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