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?
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.