John Linstrom likes to listen to his portable tape player while traveling, but it made quick roadkill of the batteries. The car's 12V system would eliminate the carnage, but the range of voltage at the lighter socket was too wide to power the tape player directly. This Buck/Boost voltage regulator solved that problem. It converts 9-14V to a steady 12.0V at up to 1A. Now John and his tape player are happy travelers. If you need a stable dc supply to power your electronic traveling companion, this is for you. Changing two resistors will set the output voltage to replace the stack of “D” cells in any boom box.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.