Engineers who think the ZigBee wireless network is cool now have support for that view. Quiet Cool Fans is shipping a whole house ventilation system that gives homeowners indoor and outdoor temperature sensors, relative humidity sensors and relays along with a Linux controller. These electronics can be located anywhere and can be moved at will, since they don't require wiring. Quiet Cool teamed up with z-Point Products, a controller developer, and ZigBee chip manufacturer Jennic to come up with a wireless system it says is cheaper than existing wireless solutions.
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.