US Digital's latest encoder interface device
is the QSB (Quadrature to USB) adapter. Encoder verification is made easy
with the QSB, which allows easy interface of standard quadrature encoder
signals into a PC USB port. Single ended (QSB-S) or differential (QSB-D)
encoder versions are available. The QSB-M version supports single ended
encoder input, digital I/O and step/direction motion control output. Each QSB
comes with full featured demonstration software and source code at no
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.