I have an engineering problem that maybe your readers can
We have had this RCA TV down in the basement. That’s where the TV room is. For 20 plus years, it has occasionally
turned itself on. This happens once a month at the most; sometimes during the
day, sometimes in the middle of the night. This has been going on since we
bought the unit. Our nearest neighbors are about 300 feet away and I don’t know if they
have a garage door opener. If they do, they would use it more than once a
month. I am not an electronics engineer and have no clue why this happens.
Years ago we also had an RCA remote control TV that my three sons somehow found that by jingling a ring of keys could change the channel! This was a favorite passtime for them. Maybe you have a pet with a license tag or the like causing the TV to come on.
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.