Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports that a San Jose-based company called Thunderbolt Aerosystems hopes to popularize jetpacks. The jetpacks sell for $90,000, and the newspaper reports that the company’s founder admits that the packs - which emit a 1,300° exhaust stream - “can be dangerous for self-taught pilots.” Still, the firm says it has collected deposits from four prospective buyers.
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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.