The show and conference, held at the Grande Lakes Resort here, is aimed at helping engineers “gain insight into converging markets,” the company said. FTF includes technical tracks in automotive, industrial, networking and consumer electronics. A 28,000-sq-ft Technology Lab with more than 200 company booths offers demonstrations in telematics, rapid prototyping, automotive safety, engine control, tire-pressure monitoring and consumer games, as well as dozens of other technical areas.
Freescale says FTF has drawn more than 20,000 attendees in the first three years since its inception in 1995. This year’s Forum is expected to draw as many or more attendees than previous years.
This year, Freescale is also sponsoring a Design Challenge aimed at encouraging innovation in environmental design. Finalists in the contest include a solar follower, clean water diverter, digital sun distiller, flexible energy management and automation system and a Zigbee-based wireless sensor network for greenhouses.
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.