Wireless networks are making it simpler for police to preserve order when large crowds gather at events like Super Bowl XLII and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Glendale Police Dept. monitored activity at both using a video surveillance system from AgileMesh tied together by a wireless mesh network from Firetide. Officers can control the camera, which offers full pan and tilt and a 23x optical-zoom lens. Two levels of encryption ensure security. The mesh network makes it simple to put cameras where they're needed to monitor crowds and people in out-of-the-way areas.
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.