Given Imaging PillCam ESO (http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-541). About the size of a multi-vitamin, this disposable medical capsule has miniature cameras on both ends. Instead of sedating the patient to perform a traditional Endoscope probe of the esophagus, the patient simply swallows the pill. During its five minute journey, the cameras flash approximately 14 times per second taking about 2,600 color pictures, which are transmitted to a recording device worn by the patient. Size was one of the most important criteria, so engineers chose a proprietary bare die CMOS imaging chip from Micron Technology. For more information on Micron bare die vision sensors go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-542.
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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.