That's interesting about the explosion in the focus on automotive at Design West. Even before the development of hybrids and EVs, the portion of electronics in cars was expanding. Now, many cars are becoming electronics devices.
It's worth noting that when I first starting attending Design West about a dozen years ago, there was very little automotive electronics technology there. In the ensuing 12 years, the content in the average car has jumped from roughly 20% electronics to almost 40% electronic.
This is great to put the spotlight on sensor technology. With sensors and feedback devices getting smarter and the communications options getting so much stronger with the potential of wireless, sensors are becoming a critical building block. Good stuff that will definitely be making an impact on new designs.
Please note that Design News is sponsoring the Sensors in Design summit, which is part of DESIGN West. We'll have a great program, including deep dives into MEMS, smart sensors, sensors in harsh environments, and a lot of great speakers.
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.