Sunit Scania Interactor 600 (http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-552). In Europe, drivers of Scania trucks obtain information about the functions and condition of the vehicle, receive directions to the destination via satellite navigation, communicate with clients and central dispatching, and even have help with administrative tasks. A 10.4 inch touch panel on the dashboard operates a high-performance vehicle PC that is integrated into the standard radio slot. Sunit engineers chose Kontron's CP306 CompactPCI assembly to meet the embedded computing requirements for the in-vehicle applications. The unit has a Pentium M operating from 1.1 to 2 GHz, an integrated graphics controller, Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet interfaces, four USB interfaces, and four RS232 interfaces. For more information on Kontron's CP306 go to: http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-553.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.