A family member passed on this link to a sketch from the BBC comedy show “The One Ronnie”. I thought it was pretty funny, if you like British humour maybe you’ll like it as well. Ronnie Corbett, recently turned 80, has been a British commedian since the 1960s. In this sketch he returns his Blackberry to the grocer because it’s no longer working. Corbett is the short one.
Once you watch that, YouTube will give you links to Monty Python sketches, Star Wars and Star Trek scene remakes, and other funny things that will keep you distracted from whatever it is that you’re supposed to be doing for at least an hour (that’s where the blame goes for the brevity of this particular column).
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.