I see a lot of growing interest in the use of OS in embedded systems. Let me recommend that you folks take a look at the Purdue prof. Dug Comer's project XINU. A great solution for OS base embedded solutions. It's being used unnanounced by many equipment manufactures. An excellend way to get a barebones kernel and develop extentions your self. XINU has now a virtual appliance so we cna learn to build OSs on a Virtual Box or implement it on a LynkSys router.
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.