Packet8 VideoPhone (http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-543). With a pair of these phones, users get full-motion video and delay-free audio over any broadband (high-speed Cable or DSL) Internet connection without requiring a monitor, keyboard, mouse or computer. The CCD camera in the unit delivers up to 30 frames per second video quality to the other end of the line and receives the same frame rate on its five-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen. For video-conferencing and video-telephony functions, the unit uses the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)-T H.263 video compression standard.
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.