Yes, this is a very welcome addition and certainly will add jobs definitely needed at this time. I would like to think the choice resulted from realizing the immense engineering talent we have in this country supported by excellent educational institutions. Demand is one thing but as mentioned in the article, Zuken is a global firm and could locate additional facilities just about any place in the world. I think also their choice might be due to a structured political environment and development freedoms not realized in other parts of the world. I'm sure they investigated tax structures-which makes me wonder why California.
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.