OSERO, an optical fiber sewing robot from Decoray of Korea, has animated the world of fashion by creating customized bags, hats, and clothing with illuminated logos and images. The robot sews water-resistant optical fibers measuring 0.25 and 0.5 mm in diameter into a piece of material no larger than 570 x 420 mm, which is then incorporated into the end-product. Red, green, yellow, blue, and white LEDs are used to light up the fibers. Requiring either two lithium or four standard AAA batteries, the LEDs are powered by a simple processor that creates the animated sequence. For more information on the OSERO technology, go to www.decoray.co.kr.
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.