LEDs are all the rage in lighting, but sometimes they don’t work very well. The Boston Globe reported today that PBS station WGBH’s "electronic mural" that entertains commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike is being switched off until cooler weather in September. Apparently, the LEDs go dark when they get too warm. The mural displays photos of WGBH’s TV shows and was turned on last November as part of the station’s new $85 million headquarters.
Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.