Purdue University researchers have designed wearable acoustic emission sensors that could be used to monitor the formation of microcracks that can lead to hairline stress fractures in bones. The goal of the device is to alert users when a stress fracture is imminent so that they can stop potentially damaging physical activity. Purdue researchers say they hope the technology can be used to protect race horses, as well as soldiers, athletes and dancers.
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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.