Design News offers you two ways to capitalize a little bit on your creative genius (or madness). First, there is the MAKE/Design News Gadget Freak contest. Design an electronic gadget, with or without an attached pastry, enter it in the contest, and you could win the $1000 grand prize, or one of several other prizes.
Second, you can submit your gadget to the Design News Gadget Freak column. This is a monthly feature that appears in both the print and online version of Design News. Your submission should include a video and a writeup that explains how someone else could build your gadget. If selected you’ll have the honor of seeing your gadget in print and Design News will pay you $500. The Design News WWW page has information on how to submit your design.
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.