An Internet Service Provider (ISP) hooks us up to the Web. An
Application Service Provider (ASP) rents us software to use when we get there.
And a Wireless ASP (WASP) lets us do it all "untethered" to ubiquitous cables
and power cords.
Nice idea, but does anybody know how to do it? Actually, there are
three main wireless standards fighting for space in this latest technology
HomeRF (www.homerf.org), and IEEE's 802.11
But is anyone actually adopting it? Yes-the Fighting Ducks of the
University of Oregon at Eugene. It's appropriate that a university with an
airborne mascot should lead the charge to wireless networking. (Can you imagine
what kind of technology we'd be using if we took our lead from the Banana Slugs
of UC Santa Cruz? It could give a whole new meaning to "snail mail.")
Once they install a special PCMCIA card in their laptops, the
university's nearly 20,000 students can now send and receive data through radio
frequencies to the network, using the 802.11 standard.
"Using one of these cards, you can surf the web from your laptop
at speeds that are nearly 100 times faster than a modem connection," the
university's web site boasts (http://cc.uoregon.edu/cnews/summer2000/wirelessemu.html).
Students today can't roam far without losing the signal, but the IT department
plans to install more access points, and cover 80% of the campus by the end of
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.