Here's a blimp with its own ideas of flight. Nick Wagner and
his fellow classmates at Colorado
designed their infraLED Zeppelin to maneuver in two modes. The first is remote
control mode where a transmitter sends directional commands (forward, back,
left and right) to the blimp and the blimp responds accordingly. The second
mode lets the blimp chart its own course to a predetermined destination. In the
autonomous mode, the blimp flies to an infrared (IR) beacon. IR transmitters on
the blimp receive a signal from the beacon, and the transmitter facing the beacon
receives the most pulses. The blimp then goes in that direction.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.