Question: I am currently working on a team with an embedded soft core processor in an FPGA. We have been struggling to find a particular problem and there has been a lot of finger pointing between FPGA design and software design. Having some trouble getting some people to be willing to add code/hardware to "hack" the problem and get a better picture of what is happening. I believe EGO is getting in the way, some unwillingness to do this because the problem "can't" be there. Here come the people skills. Any suggestions on how to proceed without laying down the iron fist?
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.