Cyber Aerospace Corp. has recently unveiled its new AeroSphere SA-60—a lighter-than-air craft that employs a spherical design and reportedly holds the world altitude record. Designed for testing and use by the military for battlefield surveillance, the airship also comes with multiple system platforms that are compatible with all altitudes up to 70,000 ft. A low-altitude version is available, the company says, and can hover at 15,000 ft for 48 to 72 hours with a full payload of cameras and sensing devices. To learn more, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-548.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.