@kdavidson: You asked why not use SCAN_TIMEOUT_S when I had just talked about SCAN_SCALAR_US. Good question. SCAN_SCALAR_US will be needed by other people when reusing code for another product but they won't necessarily have to see or deal with SCAN_TIMEOUT. It wouldn't hurt to call it SCAN_TIMEOUT_S but it wouldn't have the exposure that SCAN_SCALAR has in a reusable context.
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.