This golf course management system uses a full-color, 10.4-inch interactive cart-mounted screen and Global Positioning System (GPS) location technology. In addition to knowing the golf cart's position, the system shows golfers the precise distance to the pin and allows golfers to order food and beverages and communicate with the ranger or the Pro Shop. The system runs on Applied Data Systems (ADS) Graphics Client Plus with the Intel 206 MHz StrongARM SA1110 processor. The RISC-based single-board computer delivers 235 MIPS at 206 MHz and consumes less than 450 mW at 2.0V/206 MHz.
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.