Any product that can help simplify debugging and writing of code is important today. Sensor-based applications are calling on engineers of all backgrounds to write and debug. A lot of the engineers don't have extensive software background and many have mechanical engineering educations. The more the Atmels of the world can streamline this process, the better.
It's cool Jon that even very high-tech electronics have USB connectivity. To me, this represents an important way to make all of our media connectible. It's one thing the electroncis community has done well. Straying a bit from the point, I think there needs to be much more effort to develop standard protocols for consumer electroncis products. My biggest pet pieve is the fact that whenever I have to replace a cell phone, I have to get a new type of cable to charge the battery. I have a drawer full of them hoping some day I can re-use one.
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.