It began with the Apple computer, followed with the iMac, the iPod, docking stations for your iPod and coming this summer - the iPhone. And now Apple has something else to offer us all - the Apple TV box. No, it won't be shaped like an Apple (though honestly who knows at this point). It's a device which wirelessly syncs the iTunes' library (music, TV shows, movites, podcasts, etc…) on your computer to your TV. Sounds to me like it's a bigger, less portable version of the iPod. But man, is Apple getting it's money worth out of this entire "i" line. Working wirelessly and said to be able to deliver to a TV screen with the same quailty as a DVD player, at $299 the Apple TV can hold up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs or 25,000 photos.(or of course a combination of all three). And it's shipping right now!
Question is - would someone who has an iPod, be apt to purchase something like this? Only time will tell.
But the bigger question is - what is going to come next? Anyone have any thoughts?
The final showdown is under way in our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year contest. Who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show? It's up to you, dear readers, to tell us.
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.