Dustyn Roberts' project, Not Lazy Susan, comes from her book, "Making Things Move." In this project Dustyn takes the Lazy Susan concept and turns it into a rotating platform with hidden qualities. To make things interesting, she uses an infrared (IR) LED and phototransistor to make the table rotate with just a wave of a hand. You can use this as a table to magically serve food to dinner guests, or to make a fun interactive centerpiece.
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.