Sports' performance continues to improve thanks to advanced electronics. The latest tool comes from Polar, which is using Bluetooth technology to let coaches monitor heart rates for up to 28 athletes. It can store heartbeat data for up to 48 hours of activity, letting coaches and researchers compare responses under different conditions. The Polar Team2 system gathers data for up to 30 hours from distances up to 100m, even underwater. Team members wear sensors that include CSR's BlueCore4 chips, which send data to a Bluetooth Access Server platform from Bluegiga Technologies.
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.