Matt Katzenstein, an electrical engineering student at Union County College in New Jersey, has created his own personal disco light show that strobes to a beat. He created the gadget with a handful of components and some electroluminescent wire, also known has EL wire. He uses his Android smartphone as a source of music and then connects some EL wire with a few inexpensive components between the two. The result is lighted wire that pulses to the beat of the music. The same gadget can be connected to different sources of music and different lights.
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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.