Engineers may not care all that much about the label on their jeans, but when it comes to their cars, style is another story entirely. Of the Design News' readers participating in our exclusive automotive survey, 80% of the respondents rated "appearance" as an important or very important consideration in the purchase of their next passenger vehicle (outranking key features like fuel efficiency and engine type!). We're more interested, though, in the 4.5% of engineers who say they don't give a rap what their car looks like. In the words of one reader, "The only thing I care about is that it works. Then, I might think about getting it washed." Spoken like, perhaps a true engineer. For more results from our exclusive survey, see page 80.
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.