This one of the posts inspired by pure anger at my RIM Blackberry for a couple of reasons. I’ve written about the Blackberry Buzz, which causes a nearby PC or electronics to buzz when the Blackberry is recieving a call or data. I have thrown my Blackberry countless times across the room to put it out of range on my PC speakers which pick up the buzz. It annoys the hell out of me and is more than a little irritating (actually, it’s a GSM problem, I’m told). Every time it goes off, I swear I’m getting rid of it. I checked with RIM about a year ago and as I recall, a spokeperson said it would be a few years before the problem is fixed.
The other flaw is the Blackberry’s propensity to make calls without me actually knowing it. That one has the potential to be a real relationship ender. I carry my Blackberry in my pocket, hence the unwitting calls are made. They’re known as "pocket calls." With the Backberry bouncing around in my pocket, it must push the navigation wheel and make the call. Usually, it’s the last person [intentionally] dialed. Or it will make up it’s own number and call. I’ve spent time wondering if a confidential conversation was overheard. Sure, you can lock the keyboard, but that’s too much trouble, IMO. They’re embarrassing, too. I don’t like hearing from someone saying "hey, John, you just called me five times." Whoops, sorreeee.
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.