META will provide designers with open-source and Web-based tools to help them meet the following requirements:
Compositional design synthesis at multiple levels of abstraction
Design trade space exploration and metrics assessment with structural and information-based metrics of system complexity
Formal semantic integration of models across multiple physical and cyberdomains
Probabilistic verification of system correctness with respect to realistic context models using model checking and simulation traces
Vehicleforge.mil is a crowdsourcing site for collaborative development of cyberelectromechanical systems. It is similar to other forge sites used for open-source software development.
The development of the FANG is part of DARPA's Adaptive Vehicle Make program, which explores the use of new technology to shorten timelines for building complex electromechanical systems such as military vehicles. Last year, DARPA said it would invest $1 billion in forming better and faster development processes and technologies for defense manufacturing.
The military is experimenting with next-generation vehicle design through a number of projects. We reported in May on the demonstration of a concept combat vehicle designed not only for fuel efficiency, but also to act as a generator in remote locations like Afghanistan.
This is really an interesting application for crowd sourcing. Since it is a public venture, we should be able to see a little more clearly if it works (as opposed to a private company trying it). What is really surprising is that in the past a lot of what they are sending out to everybody would have been extremely classified for the people working on it.
I'm very interested to see how effective crowdsourcing design process will be on this project. We all have heard how military budgets can have schedule delays and cost overruns, so I would like to see if this new design technique will have an impact in this area.
Looks like DARPA continues to push the envelope in terms of leveraging crowdsourcing techniques to push combat vehicle design. The agency appeared to have enjoyed some pretty strong success teaming up with Local Motors on another combat vehicle, the XC2V, which was designed and built via the crowdsourcing approach in under six months. In fact, that project led President Obama to cite Local Motors' development approach as a model for American manufacturing innovation in a speech last summer.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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