London—May 1st was the kickoff here of the Around the World in 80 Days motoring challenge, which sees about 40 classic cars vying along a 17,000-mile route over mountains and across deserts in some of the world's most remote areas.
Surf'll be up in Uzbekistan for this 1949 Buick Super 'Woody' Wagon, one of the American entries in the new-millenium-celebrating 'Great Race.'
The course runs through Europe, into Turkey, then across former Soviet republics, and into China along the fabled Silk Road. From Beijing the contestants will be airlifted to Anchorage for travels across the Yukon, Klondike, and then into Newark, NJ. From there, another airlift brings the 21st Century Phileas Foggs to Casablanca for a final leg across Spain and France, and back into London on July 18.
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.