Who hasn't looked at the night sky and asked in awe, "How can I
capture that?" A motor-driven star tracker won't let you grab a star,
but it will let a camera track the movement of the stars so you can take
spectacular photos. The trick involves setting the proper tracking rate
and pointing the motor in the proper direction. Camera ready ... "Beam
us up, Scotty."
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.