Here’s a demonstration of a flaying saucer from ThinkGeek. The Micro R/C 4-Channel Flying Saucer costs $69.99. The flying saucer incorporates accelerometer technology in a package not much larger than your outstretched palm. Similar to the technology in the iPhone and Nintendo Wii contoller, the accelerometer senses tilt on two axes and adjusts the power of each propeller to keep the flying saucer balanced in the air.
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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.