Until very recently, almost all successful crowd funding camapigns were consumer electronics based. It was as if everyone in Silicon Valley was either starting a new company or giving money to help out their friends or both.
Things have expanded over the last few years. Start up denim companies have been funded with well over $500k. Movies are being produced (Veronica Mars fans rejoice!).
It follows the "Maker" trend. People want to be a part of something.
I'm really intrigued by the concept of using crowdfunding for new product ideas. This method is a fresh and innovative way to generate venture capital for the development of new products during these challenging economic times. Hats off to Scanadu for using this technique so successfully.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.