If you design machinery, you probably have to contend with tangles of industrial cables and hoses, carrying power, control signals, water and air. So you may have little sympathy for consumers who have to manage a few cords for their computer equipment and related gadgets. But look under almost any computer desk nowadays, and you'll likely see just how tough they have it. Power bricks jockey for position in crowded power strips. USB cables from all the peripherals form cable dreadlocks that fall behind the desk. In short, it's a mess. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, three clever solutions to cord clutter emerged. Two take a mechanical approach and one truly cuts the cords. To read about the products, click below:
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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