I've worked for corporate companies where I developed a production intent prototype and to the dislike of decisions made by Executive Management, the product never reached manufacturing. It's unfortunate that a lot of good prototype concepts don't see the light of day in engineering labs because of cost, lack of vision, and not seeing the big picture by Corporate Executives. I guess that's why there is surge in startup tech companies to bring these new products to the marketplace.
Thanks, mrdon. I have been reporting on research and development projects for quite some time now and I have learned that many times technologies, as promising as they seem, don't even make it out of the lab. So as much as we'd like technology to progress faster, sometimes it just doesn't!
That is a great idea, Cabe. It sounds like it really could be applicable. I know there are robots that are being remotely controlled to go into hazardous places that are unsafe for humans, but I don't think they are quite being done in this way.
@ far911, these laws of robotics are also presented in a Hollywood movie by the same name of the novel. These laws are easy to state but difficult to bring to reality. 2nd and 3rd laws are relative in nature and that's where things become tricky. It comes down to perception then whether an action, or inaction, is tantamount to harm to humans or not.
@ Elizabeth M, that seems to be a gigantic task for now at least. While this can be termed as a big step forward but we are still dealing with it in virtual reality. We are still waiting for that big leap which will take us to an environment safer for humans to work with robots. In that respect we don't seem to have advanced considerably.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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