Has anyone checked out the American Inventor on ABC? The series just started up again for its second season. Talk about the ultimate Gadget Freak! At the end of the season, the show touts itself as having the ability (with a little help from viewers) to uncover the hottest new product and make one struggling inventor’s dream come true. The winner also receives $1 million in cold hard cash!
Casting calls were held in six major cities across the country looking for the ultimate inventor. The panel of judges, which includes George Foreman, Peter Jones, Pat Croce and Sara Blakely, will narrow down the initial entries and choose one finalist from each city who will receive $50,000 to further develop their invention. Then, they come back together for the semi-final round and America will vote (think American Idol) for one of three finalists. The winner gets a $1 million prize and the opportunity to make his or her dream come true!
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.