As a family who's away a lot on weekends, the idea of having a thermostat be able to learn our behavior and adjust accordingly for energy savings is pretty cool. I always try to remember to turn down the thermostat prior to leaving, but sometimes the craziness of trying to get a family up and out gets in the way. Not sure I agree with the founder that the look of NEST is more appealing than a simple white digital thermostat on the wall. But I did like what he said about their battery strategy in terms of getting the longest life out of their units.
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.