Whiz kids (and Colorado State University engineering students) Curtis and Dennis built a cool learning toy that tests the user's knowledge of binary numbers. A microcontroller generates a random 16-bit number that is converted to 8-bits and displayed in binary form using eight LEDs. If the user's guess (entered in decimal form) matches the number, a motor activates a shaft, releasing a gumball. If the guess is wrong, an appropriate sound for a loser is produced through a digital sound module.
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.