Remote Play TagAlert (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-543). To avoid leaving a cell phone, portable computer or game behind, this active RF wireless technology product sounds an alert when the owner exceeds a preset range from 20 to 75 ft. The monitor has a switch to adjust the range and a snooze button. Each tag has a unique ID, so multiple tags can be used within the same area and a single monitor can recognize more than one tag. The units rely on ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers from Texas Instruments (TI) that contain from 1 to 120 KB of Flash memory and up to 10 KB of RAM. For more information on TI's MSP430 microcontrollers, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-544.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.