Matthew Katzenstein has created a 3-D Tic Tac Toe game. It lights up with an interactive knob and is programmed to play two- and three-player versions. The game is a color-coded 3x3 RGB LED matrix.
Tic Tac Cubed is controlled by an Arduino Diecimila, a microcontroller board based on the ATmega168. Diecimila means 10,000 in Italian and was named thusly to mark the fact that more than 10,000 Arduino boards have been made. The Diecimila is the latest in a series of USB Arduino boards.
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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.