You walk into a plant and immediately your cell phone begins to buzz. But you don’t have a call. Instead, your phone just alerted you that the air is bad for your asthma or allergy. You reach for your inhaler or meds and the problem’s solved.
Gentag Inc. of Washington, D.C. has developed technology that can perform diagnostic functions from your cell phone anywhere, even if you don’t have phone service in the immediate area. The company recently received a patent for its product called the Method and Apparatus for Wide Area Surveillance of a Terrorist or Personal Threat. Handset makers who use this technology can program their devices to detect most chemicals, from pollen and carbon monoxide to the noxious gases dispersed by criminals or terrorists.
Gentag’s patent covers the use of this technology for personal wireless devices such as cell phones, PDAs, pagers or watches. The aim is to allow people with multiple chemical sensitivities to customize their personal device to recognize specific chemicals that cause allergies or are dangerous.
This cell phone can perform diagnostic functions and detect most chemicals from pollen and carbon monoxide to noxious gases.
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.