I was involved in developing the GUI for the Advanced Space Vision System by Neptec used aboard the Space Shuttle and ISS. This required all payloads to have big ugly black and white spots (like measles) mounted at precisely known locations for tracking say an ISS assembly module's attitude and location to avoid collisions with existing space station elements. More modern algorithms probably do not require such visual targets, but the lighting conditions are very extreme and challenging in space, and such targets might still be needed in such situations. Do you think so or not?
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.