Absolutely, a tall order indeed. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these kinds of advisor or product analytics capabilities in this area. I know SolidWorks and PTC both have offerings that aid engineers in this effort.
This looks like a good tool to help design engineers identify sustainable materials. Design engineers need all the help they can get. It wasn't many years ago they engineered for function and cost. In recent years they have become the front line in environmental compliance. Now they need to know the materials in every component and all packaging. Plus, they have to document those materials.
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.