I don’t have $400 burning a hole in my pocket, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t blow it all on a blender. But if I had $10,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I might blow 4 bills on a blender. If that were the case I would definitely get a Total Blender from Blendtec. This thing is the Darth Vader of smoothie makers. 13 amps, 1560 watts, that’s 2 horsepower in a blender.
Not really a gadget, I know. Bear with me. The other thing that’s cool about the Blendtec, aside from the fact that they have shoe-horned two Clydesdales into the base of the thing, is that they have produced a few videos demonstrating the power of the Total Blender. For 400 clams you would expect that it can do the usual things, like make smoothies out of avocados, green leafy vegetables, and a McDonalds value meal.
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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.