Big enough to hold a youngster up to 80 lb and produce walking sounds during a pretend ride, this 3-ft tall pony has a number of motion and sound effects. Either touching or talking causes its head to move. With interaction, the ears and tail wiggle, the eyes blink and it also makes whinny and snorting sounds when given its carrot or groomed with its brush. Built-in light and sound sensors allow the pony to sense the environment around it. Analog circuitry activates the motors in the head, tail and eyes, as well as providing the amplification for the sound effects.
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
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