Latest diagnostic tools offer edge in race against disease
Seal Beach, CA--A patient sits quietly on the edge of an examination table watching as her doctor takes a bio-scan with a hand-held tricorder. The diagnosis? Vulcan flu, strange for a human. Strictly science fiction-Star Trek technology, to be exact-the tricorder represents the ultimate medical diagnostic and monitoring tool: It's non-invasive, speedy, accurate, and impossibly thorough.
Back on present-day Earth, medical-device engineers strive for these same qualities when creating diagnosti
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.