Digital photo frames are becoming simplified home entertainment systems. Sagem Communications’ 8-inch AgfaPhoto AF5080W offers high-speed WiFi connectivity so consumers can access online photo websites or other sites. WiFi also provides a way to bring in MP3 tracks that can play along with the images. When viewers tire of photos but can’t get to the main TV, the frame can play MPEG2/MPEG1 videos from a set-top box. Freescale Semiconductor’s Arm-based i.MX multimedia processors and Linux multimedia power the frame, which offers 800 x 600 pixel SVGA resolution. USB connectivity and SD card compatibility add more flexibility.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.