Built for military applications, the Spartan is a mobile computer with a built-in GPS receiver and 802.11b/g wireless Ethernet port. It measures 6.5 × 3 × 0.5 inches, and can have a hard drive up to 60 GB, a touch screen display and LCD panel in its sealed enclosure. It has Pentium-M laptop performance, runs Windows XP Pro and supports OpenGL and DirectX in its onboard video for video overlays and mapping/targeting functions. It has external ports for USB and FireWire for camera interface, and RS485/422 com ports for audio dimension Mic and headphone for voice commands, plus VoIP for communication with radios. It includes security features to prevent tampering, and an E-Purge feature to wipe out the hard drive before it can be taken by an unauthorized person. It normally runs between 0 and 55C, but comes in a conduction cooled version that runs between -40 and 85C. Prices start at $3,400.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.