Rising energy costs are a double whammy for hotels, which are seeing fewer guests during the recession. A ZigBee controller from Control4 lets managers and guests manage the in-room television, video-on-demand, music, smart lighting, temperature and security systems. Hoteliers can reduce energy waste, adjusting lights and HVAC to occupancy. The Suite Controller SC-200's RF signals let guests control TVs and other equipment without line-of-sight issues. The unit also helps attract guests, letting them personalize their entertainment with MP3 and USB inputs, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Using a single controller for lights, temperature and TV can also simplify the user experience.
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.