EDS has announced that it is considering selling off a minority of its PLM Solutions (www.eds.com/products/plm) subsidiary by the first half of 2004. "A minority IPO or private offering in PLM Solutions would enable EDS to leverage the value of this key asset," said Michael Jordan, EDS chairman and CEO. In June, EDS announced that it would focus on its core IT outsourcing services business.
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.