Despite rising interest rates and a general sense of wariness about the economy, engineers crowded the aisles at Sensors Expo, held in Rosemont, IL, from June 5-7. The trade show and technical conference drew more than 3,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, including such electronics' industry giants as Analog Devices, Bosch, Canon, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, and Texas Instruments. Keynote speakers at the event included Robert Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder, and Sebastian Thrun, director of Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and chief designer of the university's winning DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle.
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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.