Good comment on the ergonomic benefit, Elizabeth. Here's another ergonomic benefit. When my right hand leaves the keyboard to access my mouse, I have to return and make my index finger find the little bump on the J key (I'm a touch typist). Think of all the lost seconds in my career I have lost by doing this. This device means I never have to lose tactile sense of the keyboard.
Oh, gee, I wonder if it's possible to get a thumb cramp.
It's a good question, Rob. But I think there is still a use for a mouse in precision editing work, e.g., audio and video and photography. As you can tell from my handle (78RPM) I edit sound recordings of my huge 78RPM record collection going back to 1895. I also edit photos and drawings at the individual pixel level. For these applications, I need an accurate pointer. I just can't do this on a tablet because my fingertip is too big. Old fashioned I am, but I think the mouse and PC/Mac have some good years in their old age.
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.