Almost anyone can build a two-stage model rocket, but Joe Peck took a giant step for rocketeers and added four second stages. Think of them as MIRVs, microcontroller-ignited rocket vehicles. Shortly after the rocket takes flight, a Microchip Technology MCU detects the absence of a pin attached to the launch platform and sequences through a firing order for the second stages as the booster rocket continues its climb. Mission Control, we have liftoff.
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.