Q: You'd mentioned in the previous session that you'd go over some MCU training kits for those of us who are unfamiliar with C programming. Could you elaborate on this?
A: Sure. Most of the MCU program development uses C, so you can start with C or get your feet wet with another language such as BASIC. Look at the BASIC Stamp from Parallax. The company has many good training/teaching materials and kits. The Arduino Uno, Digilent chipKIT Uno32, and ARM mbed let you program with free development tools that are easy to use. I like them all. Most of the C-language books teach programming for PC-type applications. Look at "Practical C Programming," by Steve Oualline, from O'Reilly Media. ISBN: 978-1-56592-306-5. I use that book as a handy reference for C.
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.