A couple of weeks ago I met a PhD working on a new generation of composites. He had just documented a 30-50% increase in the tensile and bending strength of this new composite. However, considerable work still needed to be done to model the system and develop enough empirical data in order to start designing components based on this technology. When asked how far away he was from a marketable technology he suggested 4 to 5 years.
I was reminded of how long (and expensive) a development cycle can be, especially for a new aerospace material/technology.
How do we accelerate the process to bring safe and mature technologies to market in this decade?
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.