The line between computers and television is being further blurred by Hauppauge Computer Works Inc. Its WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express board is a dual hybrid PC TV tuner that lets users watch one TV program on their PC while watching, pausing or recording a second program. Consumers can use Microsoft Media Center's TV scheduler to automatically record their favorite TV shows and play back recordings at any time on their PC screens. The single-slot board, based on NXP Semiconductors' SAA7164E dual-channel PC TV system-on-chip, supports all analog and digital TV formats used in North America. It offers native hardware encoding to reduce the CPU overhead demands on the PC.
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.