Randy Frank is a contributing editor for Design News and has more than 30 years experience in automotive systems including automotive electronics, semiconductors, and sensors. Randy is the author of Understanding Smart Sensors, editor of Occupant Detection and Sensing for Smart Air Bag Systems, an SAE Fellow and former Chairman of Sensor Standards Committee in the Society of Automotive Engineers, and an IEEE Fellow and former Chairman of the Automotive Electronics Technical Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
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.