Okay, it's something we girls have long suspected, but now it's confirmed: Stuff Magazine reports that British men find electronic gadgets more fun than their wives or girlfriends, and a quarter of them leave their partner alone in bed so they can spend time on their gadget addiction. A full third of 952 British males polled by Stuff say they have more fun playing with video games, web surfing, or watching DVDs than spending time with their mates. A quarter indulge in electronic entertainment while their mates are in bed, with 10% saying they spend up to four hours with their gadgets.
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.