Can you build a cool gadget that you think you could sell?
Check out the MAKE/Design News Gadget Freak Design Contest, sponsored by Alibre, Allied Electronics and Texas Instruments. Create a gadget and document your build.
Important: Your gadget must incorporate electronic components and involve sensing, motion, timing and/or networking elements. The contest winner gets $1,000 and a chance to sell their gadget in kit form in the Makers Market (with setup and monthly fees waived for six months). What have you got to lose?
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.