Wireless technologies could help cities enhance their parking revenue. Streetline Inc.’s City Infrastructure Technologies system provides real-time information on regulated parking. It includes meter monitors which add two-way networking to standard single-space parking meters, providing real-time auditing and problem alerts. Using Dust Networks’ Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol network also lets city managers understand whether cars are in place when they’re planning street cleaning or snow removal. Systems can also be used in parking garages to help operators find open spaces, using metal sensors tied to network transceivers. Dust Networks uses system on chip (SOC) to keep the size of modules down so they fit on existing parking meters.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.