Looking at the wide variety of robotic endeavors as well as real live functioning autonomous machines I begin to wonder if the future of these efforts belongs to the big, sophisticated, expensive machines or to the smaller, simple, ones. One example is the Stealth bomber that pencils out to about $1.5B a copy which was used in the first Iraq war. This second Iraq war relied more heavily (at least in the later stages) on drones that come in at about $5M a copy. So 300 drones equals one stealth bomber. Small, light, simple and (relatively) cheap versus big expensive and complex. Which would you bet on?
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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