Digital camera capabilities continue to soar. Kodak's EasyShare Z1275 has 12 megapixel resolution and can record up to 80 min of High Definition video. Photographers can print images up to 30 x 40 inch or crop fairly small portions for 8 x 10 photos. They can use the 2.5-inch LCD to zoom in and check image quality. It's powered by Texas Instruments' TMS320DM35x DaVinci digital media processor, which includes a video processor, an MPEG-4-JPEG co-processor and an ARM9 core. The 6-oz camera, which uses common AA batteries, has a 5x zoom and light ratings down to ISO 3200 for low-light photos.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.