Aiming at hard-to-reach applications that require high precision, Olympus is highlighting its Iplex FX videoscope, which trims weight to 16 lbs including battery. The system unveiled last month is designed for examining aircraft, petrochemical plants and other applications. It uses LEDs to illuminate the insertion tube, which provides viewing angles from 60 to 120 degrees. Data can be stored on the Gbyte of internal memory or CompactFlash cards. A USB connection provides more versatility for downloading data.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.