Good observation naperlou. It use to be that people who bought electronic products knew the details - speed, size, etc. Now it has advanced enought that they don't even know what have those values mean anymore...just long as it works.
I have heard it said that people are no longer interested in speeds and feeds. What they don't understand is that this is what drives technology. Faster, more memory, etc. is the critical component that makes new applications, such as voice recognition in embedded systems, possible. The speed and density that comes with smaller feature sizes makes this kind of thing possible.
With the increase in available, low power storage using flash memory applications that use lots of memory, such as speach and image processing become possible. In this, we are basically mimicking the human brain.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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.