Today’s Wall Street Journal tells the story of Eubiq, a start-up company that has developed a system that places an electrical outlet where you want it, whenever you want it there. In a sense, Eubiq is like a track lighting system for your walls. It uses a specially-designed electrical socket that fits in a channel (called a Powertrack) that runs along walls, atop desks, or within the confines of furniture. See how it works at the Eubiq site.
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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.